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Sebastopol English Country Dance

"I love English dancing, love the music, love the variety of moods, from elegant to playful to rowdy, that it encompasses." Alan Winston

"A variety of spirited and graceful community dances from the 1600's to today are taught and led by experienced teachers from the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to our local teacher, Kalia Kliban, we sometimes feature Bruce Hamilton or David Newitt, among others."

The band performs lively jigs and reels as well as lyrical triple-time melodies, including waltzes. Our "house band" is Quasimodal (the band formally known as The Jovial Beggars), led by renowned country dance pianist Chuck Ward, with Dan Reynolds on double-bass, Mark Carroll on accordion, and a fiddler, either Jon Berger or Duncan Mackintosh. Often we have guest musicians, including well-known local fiddler Janette Duncan and pianist Rebecca King, also a local favorite. We sometimes have reccorder, percussion, flute, concertina, hurdy-gurdy, and other instruments.

Greatly popular in the sixteenth century, English country dancing was a pleasing, informal alternative to the formal dances requiring great skill. Using little more than walking and skipping, country dance emphasizes movement and interaction rather than steps.

In the U.S., English country dance evolved into contra dance and square dance. American folk dancers will recognize many of the figures.

The dance is held on the first and third Sundays of each month from 2 till 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for members of NBCDS and its affiliates, $7 for non-members, and $3 for children. Call 707-874-1335 for more information or contact kalia@nbcds.org

"The dance is held at Wischemann Hall, two doors away from the Sebastopol Community Center, at 460 Eddie Lane at the end of Morris St., off Hwy. 12, one light east of Hwy. 116.    Here's a map    Note: This map is for 499 Morris St., which is not, technically speaking, the address of Wischemann Hall.
Wischemann Hall is a small older building to the left of the Sebastopol Teen Center, which is to the left of the Sebastopol Community Center at the end of Morris St. where it turns away from Clahan Park.
If you try to map 460 Eddie Ln. in any of the online map programs, it shows it at the wrong end of Eddie Ln. So please don't do that; just use this link, which really does show you where the hall is.

You may download and print an Adobe Acrobat format (.PDF) flier for this dance.

 

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