|a new year of contra dance!
||[Jan. 17th, 2007|09:24 pm]
Queer contra dancers in the San Francisco area
What: Queer Contra Dance|
When: Saturday, January 20, 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Basic moves taught at 7:30.)
Who: Karen Fontana calls, music by The Fiddlerats (Caroline McCaskey, fiddle; Cole Ingraham, flute & djembe; Terrell Liedstrand, mandolin & guitar)
Where: Bethany Church, 1268 Sanchez Street (at Clipper) in San Francisco map
How much: $10 (or pay what you can)
It's tropical theme night at Queer Contra, so take it from Carmen Miranda: Let's brighten dark, dank January with a splash of color on Saturday: wear your fruitiest shirt, your grassiest skirt or your loudest muu muu! Caller Karen Fontana transplants her palm trees into Bethany (no kidding!), while The Fiddlerats don Hawaiian shirts and jam in glorious Technicolor. However, wardrobe decisions are totally your own (no one turned away for lack of pigment), but do bring your sunniest personality and prepare for fun.
Half-time entertainment takes us to cooler climes with the stately art of English longsword dance. Ring of Cold Steel will be our special guest and features nifty geometric choreography and Houdini-like maneuvers!
Beginners are, as always, welcome (Contra dance?? What's that?? An exuberant, easy-to-learn barndance done to live old-timey music, with no partner or special attire required!), so tell your friends, and take a tip from Carmen's millinery for what to bring to the refreshment table -- Robert is busy cracking the code for Hawaiian Punch and will fill the bowl with seven natural fruit juices.
Contra está a dança da vida! Carmen's classic number. (Paging Dr. Freud!)
AND get ready for February! Sunday, February 4, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Erik Hoffman leads an Intro to Contra Dance Workshop at San Francisco's two-stepping Sundance Saloon. (Scroll down to the bottom of our calendar page for details. Then on Sunday, February 17, at Oakland's Humanist Hall, there's a double-header (with dinner in the middle) lead by Boston caller Chris Ricciotti . . . Experienced Contra Dance: 3:00-5:30 p.m. (if you've been to our dances and feel like you have the hang of it, you'll do fine); Potluck dinner: 6:00-7:15 p.m. (bring something to share); Contra Dance: 7:30-10:30 p.m. (our usual fun-filled evening -- everyone's welcome!).