Fall 2011 Contra Dance Schedule

Dance at the Carrillo Ballroom
Times: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Also see the Dance Calendar
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Members save $2 per contra dance evening (with very few exceptions), support the SBCDS, are listed on our insurance roster, and receive a handsome membership button with your name on it.

Membership is $24 per calendar year, prorated. Regular dance price is $10 but members pay $8. To become a member, just fill out a membership form available at the dance and pay the prorated fee.


Special Price
August 21
Frannie Marr
Growling Old Geezers
August 28
Jon Southard
September 4
September 11
Jean Gorrindo
Michael's Mixed Nuts

September 18

Donnalyn Karpeles
Triple Junction
September 25 $15; no charge for Harvest Moon registrants
Harvest Moon Dance Festival Final Dance, open to the public
Sue Rosen
October 2
Jon Southard
Growling Old Geezers
October 9 $12/$10
Special Dance
Warren Blier
October 16
Jon Southard
Screaming Earwigs
October 23
Frannie Marr
Chopped Liver
October 30 $12/$10
Zesty Halloween Dance! 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Costumes encouraged
Susan Petrick
Michael's Mixed Nuts
November 6
Jean Gorrindo
Growling Old Geezers
November 13
John Rogers
Ragged Edge
November 20
Frannie Marr
Chopped Liver
November 27 $15/$13
Special Dance plus dessert potluck during the break
Susan Petrick
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.
  • Five 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:
    • Members: $8, non-members $10.
    • Teens, students 24 & under with ID: half non-member price.
    • Ages 12 and under: free
  • Zesty Contras, Price varies, Fifth Sundays, 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Occasionally a dance will be priced higher; see chronological schedule above.
  • Contra Dance Orientation for all 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.

Santa Barbara contra dances are brought to you by the Santa Barbara Country Dance Society and the City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department.

Santa Barbara City Parks & Recreation Dept.

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