Free for people under 22, $5 - $7 donation requested (over 21).
No experience is necessary! Singles are welcome. Traditionally, dancers find new partners for each dance.
Caller Ken Olcott teaches the reels & circle mixers before the music starts, then continues so everyone can Circle Right, Star Left, Allemand their neighbor, and Swing their partner to the tunes provided by Debra Tayleur and the Heart Strings.
The Sonoma Valley Barn Dance is aimed at total beginners. Once you have danced with us you will confidently participate in dances put on by other groups around the Bay (just Google "contra dance").
Tip #1: Shy people who want to sit and watch are depriving themselves of learning by doing. Dancing builds muscle memory while watching does not. Just jump in -- especially since the dances get a little harder towards the end of the evening.
Tip #2: The sooner your get there, the faster you'll pick it up. Walking in at 9 is fine if you've been with us before, but first timers will have missed learning useful moves.
Tip #3: Wear comfortable shoes that don't grip the floor too much (leather soles are traditional for dancing, some people pull socks over their running shoes so they slide more.)
And write us in your calendar for all the Third Saturdays of 2012!
When this finally makes money, it will be a fund raiser for the Grange kitchen.