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Contra Dance for the Dogs – Feb. 2nd

SSDSA Contra Dance for the Dogs 2013 – FLYER for PRINTING, Posting and Emailing.

contra dance 08bOn the evening of Saturday, February 2, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm, the Siskiyou Family YMCA will be hosting a Contra Dance (also known as a “barn dance”), in support of the Siskiyou Snow Dogs Association and its annual Siskiyou Sled Dog Races.  This “Contra Dance for the Dogs” is open to people of all ages, and no partner is necessary.  Special thanks to the Siskiyou Family YMCA for the use of their gym, to Annie Kramer for calling the dance and Alan Kramer – the sound guy. . . Last but not least the Highly Paid Professionals Band for sharing their talents for delivering the Jigs, Reels, and Waltzes that go so well with the Contra Dances.   The Yreka YMCA is located at 350 N. Foothill Drive. Take I-5 Freeway Exit 775 Central Yreka. Head east 0.2 miles on N. Foothill Drive, The YMCA is on the rightThis will be a beginner-level dance, the motto for which is, “If you can walk, you can dance.   A Contra Dance is an activity that everyone can enjoy, from the smallest preschoolers, to couples and groups of friends, to the most venerable elders – an activity that incorporates socializing, invigorating movement, and the chance to hear toe-tapping tunes played by a melange of marvelous musicians.

HPPs2Live music, primarily Irish jigs and reels, will be provided by “The Highly-Paid Professionals,” a talented group of Siskiyou County musicians on the fiddle, guitar, flute, penny whistle, upright bass, and percussion.  The evening’s dance caller, Annie Kramer, will provide some brief instruction for beginners from 7 to 7:30, and will also teach each dance throughout the evening.

“Great!” you may be saying to yourself, “but…what on earth is a ‘contra dance’?”  In essence, a contra dance is a wonderful way in which to socialize, move to music, and enjoy a family atmosphere.  Contra dancing is a North American folk dance that has its origins in English country dancing and other folk dances from the British Isles, and incorporates some movements from traditional square dancing.

People may arrive at the dance singly, in couples, or as a family, but even if a couple arrives together it is traditional to change partners several times during the evening. Contra dancing, particularly when beginner-level dances are called, is very simple and easy to learn, and requires no prior classes or special knowledge.  It requires no particular style of clothes, though it is usually recommended that participants wear comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes (to protect the dance floor).  During a beginner-level “family dance,” it is typical to have a program that includes simple contras, old-time mountain circle dances, mixers, and even some singing games for the younger children.  So plan to round up the kids, kinfolk, and friends, and come on out to the Siskiyou Family YMCA on Saturday, February 2 for an evening of music and dance.  It’s a heap o’ fun!

Light refreshments will be available and there will be a dessert auction.  Race t-shirts will also be for sale.  Tickets will be sold at the door.  $10 per adult. $5 for students (with a student ID card).  Family Tickets are $25. Under 6 are free.

For more information on about the Contra Dance for the Dogs, the Siskiyou Snow Dog Sporting Association or the Siskiyou Sled Dog Races call 530-598-0466 or 926-3641.

All proceeds from the Dance will be used to defray expenses for the Siskiyou Sled Dog Races to be held on Feb. 9th and 10th.  The SSDSA is a Federally recognized 501-C6 not for profit organization.

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