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4th Saturday Contra Dance!
Yes, we will be dancing on Thanksgiving weekend! Looking for a cool place to hang out with cool people? Join us for the Fourth Saturday Contra Dance from 8-11 PM with Lynn Ackerson calling to music from The Honeysuckle Sisters! No partner necessary! Lynn Ackerson from Oakland, California, brings a huge and ever-expanding contra dance repertoire. Her gracefully efficient walk-throughs and delightful programs reflect her philosophy: to build the relationship between the band and the dancers and then get out of the way. The Honeysuckle Sisters are Beth Christian on cello, Regan Hemphill on fiddle, and Debra Tayleur on piano. The group loves strong rhythmic drive and lilting melodies, combining New England, Old time, Quebecois, and Irish tunes to make dancers’ spirits and feet fill the floor with joy. 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 7:30 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: • Facebook: • Twitter: (@SacContraDance) • Email list: • or call Susan or David at (916)[masked]

Coloma Community Center

4623 T Street · Sacramento, CA

What we're about

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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