Do-si-do at Sunday afternoon contra dance at The Palms on Oct. 7

Talib Huff will call to the music of Contrapositive (from left, pianist Cynthia Faulkner, fiddler Kathrine Gardner and guitarist Allen Barnes) at a contra dance at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Sunday, Oct. 7. The lesson will start at 1:30 p.m.; the dance is 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $12 ($8 students)

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Get ready to do-si-do, swing your partner and promenade at a contra dance at The Palms Playhouse on Sunday, Oct. 7. Hosted by the Sacramento Country Dance Society and The Palms, the event will start with a beginners’ orientation at 1:30 p.m. followed by dancing from 2 to 5 p.m. with Talib Huff calling to the music of Contrapositive. Tickets are $12 ($8 with student ID). Contra dance music is lively reels or jigs in the Celtic and bluegrass traditions. Traditional contra dance is a precursor of square dancing, but is unrelated to modern country and western line dancing. Contra dance in America evolved from English country dances and has been enjoyed continuously since the time of the English colonies in America as a true community dance. Lighthearted and social, contra is danced in two lines of couples that dance various patterns or figures with one another. By the end of the overall pattern, each leading couple will have exchanged places with another couple, and the dance repeats until all couples in the lines have danced with one another. The dancers follow the instructions of a caller, who usually teaches each dance first. Once the band strikes up a tune, the caller matches the dancers’ steps to the music. Talib Huff, who will call on Sunday, has been calling dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has led dances for local groups, schools, weddings, festivals and dance communities. Sunday’s band, Contrapositive, plays for dances throughout the region. Contrapositive is pianist Cynthia Faulkner, fiddler Kathrine Gardner and guitarist Allen Barnes. A hallmark of contra dancing is that dancers don’t stay matched with one partner, and no partners are needed for Sunday’s dance. Dancers are welcome to arrive solo, with friends or with family. Potluck snacks will be available at the break, and attendees are encouraged to bring something to share. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. SCDS and Palms events are accessible to people with disabilities. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit and]]>

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