Mendocino English country dance
Please mark your calendar for upcoming monthly Mendocino English Country Dances.

See below for other upcoming local dance events.

Next Dance - Saturday, April 11, 2015
Instruction and Calling by Bruce Hamilton

Newcomer Instruction & warm-up 7:30pm
Upcoming Dates And Further Information Posted Below

At The Caspar Community Center
No Partner Required ° Beginners Encouraged ° No Special Dress Required

We want to invite you to come and join in the festivities.

Fragrance free event.
Please do not wear perfume, cologne or after-shave.
A number of people have health issues with these products. More Info

Feel free to bring some snacks and beverages to share during the break and after the dance.

Call Mickie or Elizabeth for more information (707) 964-4826 or email

Mark Your Calendars For The Upcoming Mendocino English Country Dances

To be held at the Caspar Community Center
Map to Caspar Community Center

Dances start at 8:00pm - Beginners Instruction & warm-up 7:30pm

$10.00 (to pay for the hall)

Join the Mendocino English Country Dance Facebook Group

Dates and Callers
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Bruce Hamilton
Saturday, May 2, 2015 Ric Goldman
Saturday, June 6, 2015 Dan Kozloff
Saturday, July 4, 2015 David Newitt
Saturday, August 15, 2015 Lea Smith
Saturday, September 5, 2015 Elizabeth Zekley
Saturday, October 3, 2015 Alisa Dodson
Saturday, November 7, 2015 Lise Dyckman
Saturday, December 5, 2015 Elizabeth Zekley

Contra Dance in Caspar!
1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month, 7 pm to 9 pm.
LIVE MUSIC!! with Tim and Linda O'Laughlin and friends.
Caller; Lea Smith.
Caspar Community Center
$5 at the door.
Beginner lesson at 7 pm. All dances taught and called. Easier dances earlier in the evening, dances are progressive, each dance adds something new.
No experience needed, no partner necessary. No special attire required, though shoes that slide are better than shoes that grip.
Check out YouTube for videos of Contra Dancing, and go to to find listings of more Contra Dances north of the Bay Area.
If you like English Country Dance, Square Dance, and lively music, you will love Contra Dancing!
Info at 964-7525

English Country Dance at the Branscombe Retreat House
23690 N. Hwy 1 (64.5 mile marker)
Playford Ball Practice Dances
Sundays, February 1 through March 22, 2015
3:30 to 5:30 pm.
Info at 707 964-7525
. We will be practicing the dances on the Playford Ball 2015 program. You can find info about the Ball on the Bay Area Country Dance Society website . We will enjoy live music when available and use recorded music when necessary. Practice dances are open to all, even if you are not going to the Ball, please join us. Ball practices do not include a beginner lesson, some familiarity with the basics of English Country Dance is assumed. No partner necessary, everyone gets to dance! Practice dances are FREE, though donations to help cover costs are gratefully accepted.

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What is English Country Dance?
English Country Dance is the dance form that was popular in England and America in the 1600's, 1700's and early 1800's. It is one of the dance forms from which modern contra and square dance are descended. If you like contra or square dancing you will love English country dancing.

When asked what makes English country dancing special or unique for him, Gene Murrow gave an expansive reply: "The beauty of the music; the intimate relationship of the music to the dance; the experiencing of artistic vision as a participant; the accessibility of fine art to almost everyone; the social interaction among individuals and the creation of community; the connection with the past; the continuing evolution of the genre"

The Music That We Play

You can download the musical notation of the tunes that we play for our dances in either PDF, ABC or Harmony Assistant formats. Also available are multipart arrangements for all instruments in PDF format.

Mendocino English Country Dance Tunebook PDF

Mendocino English Country Dance Tunebook Multipart Arrangements PDF
Multipart arrangements by David Brown.
Greatly expanded.
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Please keep checking back we try to add new tunes weekly.

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Mendocino English Country Dance ABC Tunebook This file takes an ABC player.
Click The ABC Homepage Go here if you need an ABC player and learn more about this incredible free music tool.

Mendocino English Country Dance Tunebook Harmony Assistant Macintosh Format SIT Archive
Mendocino English Country Dance Tunebook Harmony Assistant PC Format ZIP Archive
These files need Harmony Assistant. Click Harmony Assistant Homepage

Cecil Sharp's piano arrangements for English Country Dance and Morris Tunes in PDF format

Elizabeth Zekley our house dance caller has written some beautiful original dances. Dance calls and music are listed here. Mickie & Elizabeth Home Page Lark Camp - World Music And Dance Summer Camp All the interesting places to stay, see and eat when you are visiting the Mendocino area. "The North Bay Country Dance Society" - English & Contra dance events in the North Bay Area "The Bay Area Country Dance Society" - English & Contra dance events in the Bay Area "Caspar Community Center Calendar"

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