August 2 English Country Dance and picnic in Roseville

Join your fellow fans of elegant yet fun English Contra Dance in Roseville this Sunday, August 2. Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away, joined by Debra Tayleur on piano. Debra is from the East Bay and plays for both English and contra.


As if that weren’t enough, we’re having a picnic dinner immediately following this Sunday’s dance!  Paul and Patty Larsen have once again offered their lovely home for a post-dance picnic.  Hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs will be provided.  Please bring your favorite beverage (ice provided!) and a salad, vegetable, or dessert to share.  And don’t forget your swim suit and towel so you can enjoy their pool!

  • Time: 3:00 – 6:00PM, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30PM
  • Location: Polish American Hall, 327 Main St, Roseville
  • Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for full-time college students; $5 for high school and younger; $25 maximum per family

If you saw the couple dancing in any of the Jane Austen movies such as “Pride and Prejudice,” you saw English Country Dancing. If you can walk, and know the difference between left and right, you can do these same dances!

As usual, beginners are welcome and no partners are necessary.  If you are bringing, or know of any, first-timers, please ask them to come at 2:30 for the “Introduction to Basics” mini workshop that precedes the dance.  First-timers attending the “Introduction to Basics” workshop receive a coupon for half-off at their next dance! It’s always lovely when people bring a snack to share!


July 25 Fourth Saturday Contra Dance

PlaidMenagerie2_Half way through summer, and you probably haven’t danced enough yet! The hall at Coloma Community Center is air conditioned. Join us for the Fourth Saturday Contra Dance on July 25th. It’s the Fynam family this month, with Mike calling and Nanette and Ben providing the music. Join us!

  • July 25, 2015 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Headlining are caller Mike Fynan and Plaid Menagerie (family members Nanette Fynan and Ben Fynan)
  • Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819
  • Donation: $10 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 7:30PM, 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.

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. These events are accessible to people with disabilities.

Plaid Menagerie and Mike Fynan:


Pirates at Echo Summit!

Copyright: <a href=''>kakigori / 123RF Stock Photo</a>Pirates is the theme for our Saturday night dance at Echo Summit, and, that very date is the official national ‘Talk Like a Pirate’ Day!  Some might go the leather route, others might want to play up the nautical or undersea/ocean aspect of a pirate’s life. No live parrots please!

Echo Summit is now 80% full, and I’ll just say it, we need a few more men.

Get more information and register.