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Epicenter 2015

Contra Band Workshops

Faultline Frolic 2015


The North Bay Country Dance Society (NBCDS) teaches and runs regular and special traditional American dances including contra dance, English country dance, and morris ritual dance. Our events are held in Sonoma County and Marin County, in the San Francisco North Bay Area.

Our Contra and English Country Dances are easy, fun, friendly and inclusive. All dances are taught and prompted, with live music. No experience is necessary; if you can walk, you can dance! Come alone or bring a friend: No partner is required, no costumes, no classes; just wear comfortable clothes and dancing shoes which are low, smooth-soled, comfortable and that do not mar, scratch or damage.

No running shoes or shoes with tread are allowed. First-timers are encouraged to come early for an orientation, and for simpler dances early in the evening.

Apple Tree Morris  requires a commitment to regular training and participation, and is more challenging.  Dances are choreographed and include the use of sticks, hankies and swords.  The dancersperform in full costume.  They perform traditional dances like "Speed the Plow" and "Curly Headed Plowboy."


Note: Calendar has full listings of all events and all event details

Epicenter - March 27-29, 2015

Once again Northern California’s gorgeous Strawberry Reception Hall in Mill Valley is the place to be for a weekend of nearly constant Contra dancing. Be at the Epicenter as we rock the West Coast right off the richter scale with some of the nation’s best talent.

Visit the Epicenter website for more information.

Contra Dance Band Workshops - April 11 and 12, 2015

Along with fellow musicians learn & rehearse fiddle tunes under the gentle guidance of Rodney Miller & Jeff Spero two of the leading contemporary musicians playing on the national contra dance circuit today.

Then be a part of the band that plays for the first half of that evening’s contra dance, and feel the elation and joy of watching dancers dance to your music! Registration and more information here.

Faultline Frolic, June 19-21, 2015

Rhythm Raptors, Hotpoint String Band, Lisa Greenleaf, and Joyce Miller.

Visit the Faultline Frolic webpage to register and see more information!

Love a Challenge?

Experienced dancers should calendar the fifth Saturday contra at Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa. Programmed by Michael Martin, the fifth Saturday series now features more complex dances, fewer walk-throughs, and no introductory lesson. Flourishes are taught and encouraged.

We love beginners at NBCDS, but not on fifth Saturdays!

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