Fall 2010 Contra Dance Schedule

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

Dance at the Carrillo Ballroom
Times: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Also see the Dance Calendar
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Sept 5 $8
Gary Shapiro
Circling the Drain
Sept 12 $12
This is new. This is different. This will be a contra dance unlike any other you've been to.
(Assuming this is your first time to experience Perpetual e-Motion.)
Special time: 6:30 – 10:00
Susan Petrick

September 19, 2010

Memorial for Bettine Wallin

noon – 1:00
Setting up: all welcome to help and socialize
1:00 – 2:00
Gathering of friends and relatives; all welcome
2:00 – 4:30
Memorial service; all welcome
4:30 – 4:45
Putting away and rearraging things in preparation for the dance
4:30 – 6:30
Dinner break
6:30 – 9:30
Free contra dance. Several callers, two bands: The Growling Old Geezers and Chopped Liver
in that order, plus Michael Gutin playing music for couple dances during the break
9:30 – 10:00
Clean-up; all welcome to help

Sept 26 $8
Frannie Marr
Growling Old Geezers
Oct 3 $8
Susan Michaels
Southern Comfort
Oct 10 $12
Harvest Moon Sunday Night Dance—open to the public
Special time: 7:00 – 10:00
Harvest Moon staff: George Marshall
Harvest Moon staff: Wild Asparagus
Oct 17 $8
Jean Gorrindo
Michael's Mixed Nuts
Oct 24 $8
Darrow Hand
Oct 31 $9
Zesty Contra 6:30-10:00
Warren Blier
Nov 7 $8
Gary Shapiro
Nov 14 $8
Jean Gorrindo
Nov 21 free
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Free English Country Dance
Sponsored by Lori and John Redding in honour of their marriage earlier this Fall
Gary Shapiro and Alice Williams
Frank Hoppe, Richard Scher & friend(s)
5:00 – 6:00
Festive Potluck (in Gymnasium next door), turkey provided. You are allowed to bring your own tableware.
6:30 – 9:30
Contra Dance
Cindy Harris
Frank Hoppe, Richard Scher & friend(s)
Nov 28 $8
Jon Southard
indicates a Santa Barbara debut
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 26.
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 canceled, rescheduled, or relocated; always double check before traveling for a dance. Personnel, price and schedule are subject to change.

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