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Sebastopol Contra Dance Preceded by a Free Lesson

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Please come to the friendliest little contra dance in Northern California with the best local talent in Northern California. Our caller Kalia Kliban from Sebastopol is known throughout the region for her straightforward calling and charm. Some of our favorite musicians from Mendocino County will be joining her in their latest incarnation, Julian and the Upside Sound. In addition to Julian McClanahan on fiddle, the Upside Sound includes Brad McClanahan (guitar); Darin Smith (cello/fiddle); Michael Charnes (cittern).

The cittern is a stringed instrument popular in the Renaissance. If you haven't heard one since then-now is your chance.

Admission: $12,00 non-members: $10.00 members; $7.00 financially challenged or young adults.

NOTE: Please help NBCDS conserve resources by bringing your own water bottles/mugs to dances. Scent-free dancing is greatly appreciated as many have severe allergies. Parents, all non–dancing children must be supervised.

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BEGINNERS are welcome! Please join us for a free lesson a half hour before the contra dance begins to learn the basic moves. Wear low, smooth-soled shoes, and loose, comfortable clothes. You can come alone or with a partner — our dances are friendly and inclusive, and you’ll probably end up dancing with most of the people in the hall. Remember: “if you can walk you can do this form of dance.” Beginners lesson at 7:30.
About Our Dances: Contra and English Country Dance (ECD) are fun, easy to learn, and accompanied by live music. Before each dance, the caller teaches the dance and continues to prompt dancers as needed once the band starts. Because the pattern of moves is repeated often, you learn quickly. Very little footwork is required — just a smooth walking step. Contra dance music features fantastic fiddle tunes, driving Celtic rhythms, Cajun, old-timey and sometimes dashes of Eastern-European and swing. English Country dance music features lively jigs and reels, lyrical triple-time melodies and waltzes.

Dances are sponsored by the North Bay Country Dance Society, a non-profit organization that promotes and produces American and English Country Dance folk and ritual dancing, music and song in the Wine Country north of San Francisco (Sonoma & Marin counties) since 1992. (