Winter 2009–10 Contra Dance Schedule

Santa Barbara Country Dance Society
Contra Dance co-sponsor
Santa Barbara City Parks & Recreation Dept.

Contra Dance Schedule
First Presbyterian Church beginning December 2009
Carrillo Ballroom resuming sometime in 2010
[ Schedule Archive ]
Times: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Also see the Dance Calendar
Below the grid: Schedule details & Price details

Dances below to be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara [directions] and to continue there for about six months or until further notice (subject to change)
while work to repair, renovate and improve the Carrillo Recreation Center is underway
Dec 6 Sun $8
Gary Shapiro Susan Michaels
Dec 13 Sun $8
Jean Gorrindo
Southern Comfort
Dec 20 Sun $8
Frannie Marr
Dec 27
Sun all
Special Free Holiday Event
3:00 to 5:00 • Couple Dancing with Bayou Seco, sponsored by Elliott Karpeles for his "big number" birthday
5:15 to 6:15 • Festive Potluck
Please bring plenty to share. Your own plates, forks, etc. are requested.
6:30 to 9:30 • Free Contra Dance sponsored by the SBCDS
Erik Hoffman
Bayou Seco & friends
Jan 3 Sun $12
Jeff Spero
Jan 10 Sun $8
Chris Page
Chopped Liver
Jan 17 Sun  
No Dance
Many of us at Contra Carnivale in San Luis Obispo
Jan 24
Susan Petrick
Michael's Mixed Nuts
Jan 31 Sun $9
Zesty Contra 6:30-10:00
James Hutson
Whirled Peas
Feb 7 Sun $8
Donnalyn Karpeles
Chopped Liver
Feb 14 Sun $8
St. Valentine's Day Dance
Jean Gorrindo
Michael's Mixed Nuts
Feb 21 Sun $8
Gary Shapiro
Feb 28 Sun $8
Jonathan Southard
Growling Old Geezers
Mar 7 Sun $10
Jeremy Korr
Mar 14 Sun $8
Special Dance Location: Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara for this date only
Barbara Stewart
Screaming Earwigs
Mar 21 Sun $8
Jean Gorrindo
Mar 28 Sun $8
Susan Petrick
Michael's Mixed Nuts
Apr 4 Sun $8
John Rogers
Chopped Liver
Apr 11 Sun $8
Warren Blier

Contra Dance dates & locations
  • Schedule above and in the Dance Calendar
  • Every Sunday except five per year
  • Dance times and prices at right
  • Sprung Floor Dance Festival in May above supercedes one regular Sunday dance
  • Sunday of Martin Luther King weekend in January: No dance, as many of us will be at Contra Carnivale in San Luis Obispo.
  • Fourth Sunday in June: No dance
  • Three more Sundays per year, no dance. Always check the quarter's schedule above or the calendar.
  • Fifth Sundays are special Zesty Contras. An extra half hour of dancing (until 10:00) and a somewhat more challenging program.
  • Christmas Night (December 25) dance almost every year, traditionally with caller Erik Hoffman and music by Bayou Seco & friends, starting at the usual 6:30 p.m. and often free. This year's dance will be on December 27.
Carrillo Ballroom
Carrillo Recreation Center
100 E. Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara
Map & Directions

Times & prices
(unless otherwise noted)

  • Regular dance time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Price: $8, 13-17 half-price, 12 and under free
  • Zesty Contras, $9-10, Fifth Sundays, 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Occasionally a dance will be priced higher; see chronological schedule above.
  • Contra Dance Orientation at 6:00 p.m.
  • Refreshments usually provided (donation requested).

On occasion, a dance is cancelled, rescheduled, or relocated; always double check before traveling for a dance. Personnel, price and schedule are subject to change.

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