Central Coast Country Dance Society

2019 Contra Dance Schedule

All dances (unless otherwise noted) are held at the Odd Fellows Hall
520 Dana Street, San Luis Obispo. Click here for directions and a map.
Date Caller Band Notes
Friday-Sunday
January 18-20, 2019
Nils Fredland, Gaye Fifer, Kelsey Hartman Elixir, Rhythm Raptors, Drive Train

Contra Carnivale!

SLO Vets' Hall. Sold out and using people from wait list to fill last minute cancellations.
Saturday
February 9, 2019
Jean Gorrindo (Los Osos) Audrey Knuth and Erik Hoffman (Oakland)
  • FREE Contra Clinic 5:00 - 6:00pm. Local caller Jean Gorrindo teaches this hour long lesson which goes into greater depth about the art of contra dancing. In addition to a thorough introduction of many traditional figures, Jean helps dancers explore some of the more complex figures in contra dancing, while giving some style pointers and techniques along the way. She designs each clinic to meet the needs and desires of those present, from first-time dancers to seasoned pros. Experienced dancers are encouraged to attend, both to help newer dancers AND increase their own skill set.
  • The usual contra dance intro at 6:30.
  • From 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm is our amazing first monthly dance of the year. Jean Gorrindo calls to the amazing music of the Audrey Knuth and Erik Hoffman. The duo consists of Audrey Knuth on fiddle (see the video samples at her web site!) and Erik Hoffman on guitar. Audrey plays extensively throughout the country with several different bands, including Wake Up Robin and Free Raisins, and plays a broad repertoire of styles, including old time, Irish, Northern, French Canadian, and Southern. Erik Hoffman, the founder of the SLO Contra Dance, has been a part of the California contra dance scene for over forty years, playing and singing in many different bands and styles. Together, Erik and Audrey make musical magic to keep your feet tapping and your heart singing. Don’t miss this special appearance by this amazing duo! Admission $10, Members $5, Students with ID $5, Ages 16 and under free
Saturday
March 9, 2019
Jean Gorrindo (Los Osos) The Rosin Sniffers (Arroyo Grande, San Diego) Contra dance intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7:00-10:00, $10, Members $5, Students with ID $5, Ages 16 and under free
Saturday
April 13, 2019
Alan Winston (Redwood City) Gillie Wheezels (Morro Bay, Los Osos) FREE Contra Clinic 5:00 - 6:00pm. Local caller Jean Gorrindo teaches this hour long lesson which goes into greater depth about the art of contra dancing. In addition to a thorough introduction of many traditional figures, Jean helps dancers explore some of the more complex figures in contra dancing, while giving some style pointers and techniques along the way. She designs each clinic to meet the needs and desires of those present, from first-time dancers to seasoned pros. Experienced dancers are encouraged to attend, both to help newer dancers AND increase their own skill set. The usual contra dance intro at 6:30. Dance 7:00-10:00, $10, Members $5, Students with ID $5, Ages 16 and under free
Saturday
May 11, 2019
Jean Gorrindo (Los Osos) BLAM! (Monterey) Pot luck dinner at 5pm. Annual membership meeting at 5:30pm. Contra dance intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7:00-10:00, $10, Members $5, Students with ID $5, Ages 16 and under free
Saturday
June 8, 2019
Kelsey Hartman (Hayward) Atlas Mountain Boys (Los Osos, San Luis Obispo) Contra dance intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7:00-10:00, $10, Members $5, Students with ID $5, Ages 16 and under free
Saturday
July 13, 2019
Jean Gorrindo (Los Osos) Rhythm Method (Los Angeles) FREE Contra Clinic 5:00 - 6:00pm. Local caller Jean Gorrindo teaches this hour long lesson which goes into greater depth about the art of contra dancing. In addition to a thorough introduction of many traditional figures, Jean helps dancers explore some of the more complex figures in contra dancing, while giving some style pointers and techniques along the way. She designs each clinic to meet the needs and desires of those present, from first-time dancers to seasoned pros. Experienced dancers are encouraged to attend, both to help newer dancers AND increase their own skill set. The usual contra dance intro at 6:30. Dance 7:00-10:00, $10, Members $5, Students with ID $5, Ages 16 and under free
Saturday
August 10, 2019
Jacqui Grennan (Los Angeles) John Weed & Stuart Mason (Carmel, Los Osos) Contra dance intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7:00-10:00, $10, Members $5, Students with ID $5, Ages 16 and under free
Saturday
September 14, 2019
Andy Shore (Aptos) TBD FREE Contra Clinic 5:00 - 6:00pm. Local caller Jean Gorrindo teaches this hour long lesson which goes into greater depth about the art of contra dancing. In addition to a thorough introduction of many traditional figures, Jean helps dancers explore some of the more complex figures in contra dancing, while giving some style pointers and techniques along the way. She designs each clinic to meet the needs and desires of those present, from first-time dancers to seasoned pros. Experienced dancers are encouraged to attend, both to help newer dancers AND increase their own skill set. The usual contra dance intro at 6:30. Dance 7:00-10:00, $10, Members $5, Students with ID $5, Ages 16 and under free
Saturday
October 12, 2019
Russell Frank (Monterey) Atlas Mountain Boys (Los Osos, San Luis Obispo) Contra dance intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7:00-10:00, $10, Members $5, Students with ID $5, Ages 16 and under free
Saturday
November 9, 2019
Jean Gorrindo (Los Osos), Eric Black (La Honda) Star Thistle (Sacramento), The Jackalopes (SF Bay Area) Double Dance! 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm with pot luck supper 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. $15, $8 members and students with ID, free ages 16 and under
Saturday
December 14, 2019
Lynn Ackerson (Oakland) Growling Old Geezers (Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo) Contra dance intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7:00-10:00, $10, Members $5, Students with ID $5, Ages 16 and under free