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Our Next Dance:  Sat, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Called by Frannie Marr    Music by Tectonic Shakedown
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Our Dance Schedule

Friday Dance Schedule Free beginner-friendly lesson: 7:30 to 8 p.m.
No partner needed    Please arrive promptly
Contra dance: 8 to 11 p.m.    Free refreshments at 9:30 p.m. Saturday Dance Schedule Free beginner-friendly lesson: 7 to 7:30 p.m.
No partner needed    Please arrive promptly
Dance: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.    Free refreshments at 9 p.m. Location 3030 Thorn Street, San Diego, CA 92104
in the hall of Trinity United Methodist Church

Our dances are usually held on the first and third Fridays and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month except when we reschedule to accommodate touring bands and callers, church events, or calendar oddities. Where appropriate, further information regarding special events is provided in the Special Events section below. For information on discounted prices, see our complete price schedule below. Please note: By popular demand, we have rescheduled our Saturday dances to begin and end one-half hour earlier than our Friday dances; please see the schedule above.

LEGEND

Local caller or local band Guest caller or guest band Link to the website of a guest caller or band Special announcements, events, and workshops

Fri, Sept. 6 Jimmy Akin Flash in the Pan $10

Sat, Sept. 14 Ellie and JoAnn Figure 8 $10

Fri, Sept. 20 ** NO DANCE THIS WEEK **

Sat, Sept. 28 Jimmy Akin presents Ars Technica Electronic Music $8

Sat, Oct. 5 Frannie Marr Figure 8 $10

Sat, Oct. 12 ** NO DANCE THIS WEEK **

Sat, Oct. 19 Martha Wild Tectonic Shakedown $10

Fri, Oct. 25 Halloween Dance with Guest Band  •  Details below $12

Fri, Nov. 1 ** NO DANCE THIS WEEK **

Sat, Nov. 9 Jimmy and Ellie Flash in the Pan $10

Fri, Nov. 15 Martha Wild Laura Light and Friends $12

Sat, Nov. 23 Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner  •  Details below Food!

Sat, Nov. 23 Martha Wild Tectonic Shakedown $10

Fri, Nov. 29 Frannie Marr Maivish $12

Fri, Dec. 6 Jimmy and Ellie More the Merrier $10

Sat, Dec. 14 Frannie Marr Tectonic Shakedown $10

Sat, Dec. 21 Jimmy Akin Figure 8 $10

Sat, Dec. 28 ** NO DANCE THIS WEEK **

Tue, Dec. 31 New Year's Eve Contra Dance Party  •  Details below Below

Fri, Jan. 3 ** NO DANCE THIS WEEK **

Sat, Jan. 11 Frannie Marr Rhythm Method $12

Fri, Jan. 17 ** NO DANCE THIS WEEK **

Sat, Jan. 25 JoAnn Koppany More the Merrier $10

Fri, Jan. 31 Jimmy and Ellie Weapons of Musical Destruction $10

Special Events

Halloween Contra Dance: Come in costume to our annual Halloween Dance, whether you go mild or wild! Our caller for the evening is JoAnn Koppany, and our guest musicians will be Dan Levenson and the Cat Mountain Rounders! Take the kiddies out for trick-or-treating on Thursday if you must, but indulge your inner monster on the Friday preceding! Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m.; admission is $12.

Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner: This year we're holding our annual potluck on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. Please bring one of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes to share; or experiment with a brand-new recipe—whatever! But most of all, bring your appetite, some good cheer, and your readiness to dance off the calories, because the potluck will be followed by our fourth-Saturday dance as usual, with beginners' session at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 23 beginning at 6 p.m.

New Year's Eve Contra Dance Party 2019-2020: It's not too early to purchase tickets to our grandest event of the year: our New Year's Eve Contra Dance Party 2019-2020! This year's event will feature caller Jacqui Grennan from Los Angeles, and the band will be Audacious, consisting of Audrey Knuth on fiddle and Larry Unger on guitar and banjo. Both are nationally-acclaimed, high-powered musicians who have graced our stage on several occasions, and we're honored to have them back for New Year's Eve. Please bring table-ready “finger foods” to share. What's more, you can purchase tickets in advance, and save money! Please visit this webpage to purchase your tickets for only $25 per ticket regular, $15 for students and military with ID. If you prefer, you can also order by contacting Larry Wilson at one of our dances, and paying in cash, or by check made out to San Diego Folk Heritage. Either way, purchase your tickets right away, and save $5 per ticket!

PLEASE NOTE: Discounted ticket sales end Monday, December 30th. Admission at the door will be $30 regular, $20 for students and military with ID.

Our Price Schedule

GENERAL ADMISSION:
Local caller and band:  $10
Guest caller or guest band:  $12
Guest caller and guest band:  $15

STUDENTS AND ACTIVE MILITARY, WITH ID:
Local caller and band:  $6
Guest caller or guest band:  $8
Guest caller and guest band:  $10

CHILDREN 12 YEARS AND UNDER:  Free

AT OR AFTER THE BREAK:
Half-price, dependent on above schedule.

First-time contra dancers receive free passes to attend their second dance event. Refreshments at the break are free of charge.

Guidelines for Contra Dance Conduct and Etiquette

San Diego Contra Dance is an inclusive dance community committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone. To that end, we have published some guidelines as to proper conduct at a contra dance, as well as guidelines for contra dance etiquette. Please take some time to read these two documents, and do your part to ensure the safety and comfort of all dancers in attendance.

If you experience an uncomfortable or inappropriate interaction at one of our dances, or if you witness inappropriate activity taking place, we strongly encourage you to speak with one of our dance committee members, or with the caller, or the dance manager right away. You can also report an incident in writing by using our Incident Report form online.

Find Us

Our dances take place in the hall of Trinity United Methodist Church (pictured), located at 3030 Thorn Street, San Diego 92104, on the northwest corner of Thorn and Grim Avenue.

Trinity United Methodist Church

From the north: Take Exit 15, marked "North Park Way / University Avenue," from the southbound I-805. Stay on the left side of the fork in the offramp, and continue west on North Park Way for two blocks until you reach 32nd Street. Turn left on 32nd Street, and continue south for five blocks to Thorn Street. Turn right on Thorn Street, and go three blocks to the intersection of Thorn Street and Grim Avenue. Destination will be to your right, on the northwest corner.

From the south: Take Exit 15, University Avenue, from the northbound I-805. Turn left on University Avenue, and proceed west for some four to five blocks to 32nd Street. Turn left on 32nd Street, and continue south for six blocks to Thorn Street. Turn right on Thorn Street, and go three blocks to the intersection of Thorn Street and Grim Avenue. Destination will be to your right, on the northwest corner.

Contact and Mailing Information

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For general inquiries, write us at sdfhcontradance@gmail.com, or click the outgoing-email icon at left. (You can also use the email icons at the top and bottom of every page of this website.) Please address regular mail and packages to San Diego Contra Dance, P.O. Box 270562, San Diego, CA 92198.

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Visiting callers and bands: Our San Diego Contra Dance community enjoys having guest callers and guest bands come into town to show off their stuff! Please email our guest talent coordinator, Frannie Marr, or click the outgoing-email icon at left, and indicate your interest and availability.

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Want to be on our mailing list? For those who wish to be apprised of upcoming dances, we maintain a mailing list for distributing weekly dance announcements. To subscribe to these announcements, just email us and let us know—or click the incoming-email icon at left. Rest assured that we do not send anything other than our dance announcement each week, and your email address will never be shared with any other individual, group, or organization.

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