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Contra and English country dancing are a great way to get your dance on! Beginners are welcome, and no partner is necessary. If you can walk and know the difference between left and right, you can successfully enjoy either type of country dance! Most of the movements are based on a walking or skipping step. Dancers move through a number of specific figures, sometimes holding hands, sometimes by themselves. Each dance is prompted by a caller, so that each figure and movement is called in time to the music. You don’t need to rely on your memory alone to know what to do. The difference between the two dance styles is that contra dancing is faster with more turns and more partnered moves, while English country dancing has more variety in speeds, formations, and figures, with more individual moves. Both dance styles are fun, great exercise, and best of all, you never need to worry about having a partner or experience to dance with us! The Sacramento Country Dance Society members are very friendly and welcoming, and we love when new people join us. All dances are taught and prompted, and we always have live music. SCDS also sponsors monthly English country dances. Come join us and see what all the fun is about! A complete schedule of our dance appears on the www.sactocds.org calendar page. We look forward to seeing you at our next dance!

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Second Sunday English Country Dance

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Come dance with us at Roseville's Polish American Hall on Sunday, August 14th! Alisa Dodson will be our caller, to live music provided by Quite Carried Away. Lovely hall and floor, and easy parking. Come join us from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, or come early for the recommended 1:30 pm Introductory Workshop for newcomers. All dancers are welcome at the workshop, but first-time attendees receive a coupon for half-off admission at their next dance. The cost is $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check). Masks required (N95, KN95, or KF94), and dancers must be fully vaccinated, including booster, as it's hard to imagine a more efficient way to transmit a respiratory virus than dancing, so bring your vaccination card. Bring a water bottle, and please keep your mask on in the hall. Step outside for a sip. And if you're not feeling well, please join us for the next dance, instead! Details about dances, including callers, music, locations, and date changes, and whether we had to cancel, can be found on our Web site: https://sactocds.wordpress.com/english-country-dance/

4th Saturday Contra Dance!

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Looking for a cool place to hang out with cool people? Join us for the Fourth Saturday Contra Dance from 7-10 PM! No partner necessary!

Upcoming caller and band information can be found at https://sactocds.wordpress.com/calendar/.

Donation: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for high school students with ID; $25 maximum for families

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 6:30 PM, perfect for people who have not contra danced before, or who could use some refresher. Experienced dancers are invited to partner with newcomers during the orientation and early dances to help integrate them into the community. Dances become more complex during the evening, so come early if you are a less experienced dancer. You will feel right at home in no time!

No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. Potluck snacks are available at the break, and we encourage you to bring something to share.

Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819

These events are accessible to people with disabilities.

More information:

• Website: http://www.sactocds.org/

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sacramento-Country-Dance-Society/139393589464558

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/SacContraDance (@SacContraDance)

• Email list: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SactoCDS/

• or call Susan or David at (916)[masked]

Fourth Sunday English Country Dance

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Come dance with us at Roseville's Polish American Hall on Sunday, August 28th! David Newitt will be our caller, to live music provided by Quite Carried Away. Lovely hall and floor, and easy parking. Come join us from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, or come early for the recommended 1:30 pm Introductory Workshop for newcomers. All dancers are welcome at the workshop, but first-time attendees receive a coupon for half-off admission at their next dance. The cost is $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check). Masks required (N95, KN95, or KF94), and dancers must be fully vaccinated, including booster, as it's hard to imagine a more efficient way to transmit a respiratory virus than dancing, so bring your vaccination card. Bring a water bottle, and please keep your mask on in the hall. Step outside for a sip. And if you're not feeling well, please join us for the next dance, instead! Details about dances, including callers, music, locations, and date changes, and whether we had to cancel, can be found on our Web site: https://sactocds.wordpress.com/english-country-dance/

First Sunday English Country Dance

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Sunday [date], please join us for English Country Dancing called by [caller], with live music from our recording stars, Quite Carried Away. Their new CD will be available for purchase, and for an afternoon you can live in the world of Jane Austen.

As usual, beginners are welcome and no partners are necessary. If you are bringing, or know of any, first-timers, please urge them to come at 1:30 for the introductory workshop that precedes the dance. All dancers are welcome at the workshop, but first-time attendees receive a coupon for half-off admission at their next dance. The cost is $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check).

Please bring a snack to share at the dance, as we enjoy our 16th year of dancing together!

For more information, and lost and found, call Laura Leonelli,[masked], or email [masked].

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4th Saturday Contra Dance!

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