Spring 2012 Contra Dance Schedule

Dance at the Carrillo Ballroom
Times: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Also see the Dance Calendar

[ Previous Schedules ]

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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
Before the contra*
March 4
Susan Michaels
March 11
Jonathan Southard
Big Buck Breakdowners
Free Contra Skills Workshop
March 18
Jean Gorrindo
Fiddle Tunas
Waltz Workshop
March 25
Frannie Marr
Michael's Mixed Nuts

April 1

Woody Lane
Free Hambo Workshop
April 8
Andrea Nettleton
Free Contra Skills Workshop
April 15
Susan Petrick
The Newts
Waltz Workshop
April 22
April 29
Zesty Dance! 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Susan Michaels
Michael's Mixed Nuts Fiddle Tunas
May 6
Donnalyn Karpeles
Growling Old Geezers
Free Hambo Workshop
May 13
Jean Gorrindo
Free Contra Skills Workshop
now a full hour starting at 5:30!
May 20
Kathy Anderson
Jeff Spero and Friends
Waltz Workshop
May 27
festival price
Memorial Day Double Dance
2:00 p.m. • Diane Silver • Les Amis
5:00 p.m. • Spring Potluck: bring plenty to share and tableware
6:30 p.m. • Diane Silver • Bonfire
*More info here or click the workshop name                           indicates a Santa Barbara debut
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 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.
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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