Sacramento Country Dance Society
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Organization Details

Programs

Description
Contra dance in America evolved from English Country dances and has been enjoyed continuously since the time of the English colonies in America as a true community dance. Lighthearted and social, contra is danced in two lines of couples who dance various patterns or figures with one another. By the end of the overall pattern, each leading couple will have exchanged places with another couple, and the dance repeats until all couples in the lines have danced with one another. Contra dance music is in the form of lively reels or jigs in the Celtic and bluegrass traditions.

The Sacramento Country Dance Society sponsors dances on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in Sacramento, and in months where there is a fifth Saturday sponsors a Fifth Saturday "Zesty" Contra for more experienced dancers. Each dance begins with a half-hour tutorial for new dancers. Contra dance is for the whole family, with dancers as young as 4-5 and some well into their golden years.
Budget
$18,940
Program Successes
The Sacramento contra dance was begun nearly 30 years ago by a handful of volunteers who loved the traditional music and dance styles. It continues to be a well attended and popular family dance event. The group sponsors several dance workshops throughout the year, including several family oriented events designed to bring the little dancers out for an afternoon of fun. Most dances are held at a local community center, and is easily accessible for anyone in the area. Dances are organized and sustained completely by volunteers. All proceeds go to paying for hall rent, live music and callers, and sound technicians, allowing us to produce a high quality experience at each event.
Description
English Country Dancing is the traditional form existed from the 1600s into the early 1800s. Jane Austen refers to some of these dances in her novels. Live music is of the era: jigs, reels and hornpipes. Modern composers and dancing masters have added to the tradition. The dances are both sprightly and sophisticated, and focus on interaction with the whole assembly of dancers making it a very sociable event. Young, old, singles and couples dance with one another. Each dance is walked through and a caller prompts dancers. A half hour workshop before each dance accustoms newcomers to the basic figures and moves of the dances. The music is always live and the energy high. Musicians, callers, and dancers come from the local area and sometimes from other dance communities across the country.
Budget
$7,000
Program Successes
Dance attendance is growing; dancers are maturing in their skills. A cadre of local dancers take responsibility for calling our dances and polishing their skills. This year we have added a second English Country Dance each month, providing one dance in Roseville and one in Sacramento. English Country Dances are organized by volunteers who continue to provide dance tutorials, community events, and organize regular dances for the greater Sacramento community.
Description
Echo Summit Contra Dance Weekend is attended by 130 to 150 adults and youth. National and Regional renowned callers and musicians provide leadership for the dances. In addition to dances, workshops are held for leadership, musicianship, and singing, sharpening skills of attendees from a much wider geographic area than the SCDS metro region.
Budget
$34,000
Program Successes
Echo Summit Contra Dance is very popular regionally, and is often sold out with a waiting list well before camp begins. Dancers rate the dance camp very highly overall. We enjoy the company of dancers from all over the Sacramento, Foothills, Bay Area, and northern Nevada. There are often east coast dancers, as well and other parts of the country, and sometimes a few international visitors. In past years, visitors have come from Australia, Canada, and Europe.