Winters Contra Dance

Sandra Aamodt @sandraaamodt

The Palms Playhouse - Winters, CA
13 Main St

Sun, May 5, 2019 at 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM

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Looking for a cool place to hang out with cool people? Join us for a special Sunday afternoon contra dance at the old opera house in Winters, with Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Deniz Akin, Will Wheeler, and Lisa Illés! No partner necessary! Cost: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID Kelsey is a “contraholic,” who can often be found dancing or calling a contra dance. Her inspiration comes from Nils Fredland, whose workshop in 2012 spurred her down the caller’s path. When calling, she considers herself a conduit between the dancers and the band, helping to channel the joy of the music through flowing, interesting dances. Deniz Akin is involved in just about all aspects of contra dance—calling, playing, programming, and dancing. Playing guitar, banjo, and piano for several different contra dance bands, she draws from both Irish and American traditions to create driving, dynamic, and danceable rhythms. Will Wheeler, also in the Bay Area band the wiNgNuts, plays powerful, diverse guitar, fiddle, and driving foot percussion. Lisa Illés grew up playing classical music and started playing Irish folk music two years ago. She describes her flutes as extensions of herself and hopes to study folk music in Ireland after she graduates from UC Davis. A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 1:30 PM, perfect for people who have not contra danced before, or who could use some refresher. Experienced dancers are invited to partner with newcomers during the orientation and early dances to help integrate them into the community. Dances become more complex during the afternoon, so come early if you are a less experienced dancer. You will feel right at home in no time! No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. Wine, beer, and other refreshments will be available at the bar. Location: Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., Winters, CA 95694 These events are accessible to people with disabilities. More information: • Venue: • Website: • Facebook: • Twitter: (@SacContraDance) • Email list: • or call Susan or David at (916) 739-8906