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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 calendar page. We look forward to seeing you at our next dance!

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