Epicenter 2024

We’ve secured our line-up for Epicenter 2024, the epic urban contra weekend in Mill Valley. Join us April 5th-7th for high-voltage dances with gender-neutral calling by Seth Tepfer and Alexandra Deis-Lauby. The floor will buzz with tunes by the Free Raisins and Genticorum. Mark your calendar now and set an alarm…registration opens December 1st.

Aug 26 COVID Policy Update

Each quarter, the NBCDS Board considers revisions to our COVID Safety Policy. On August 26, 2023, the NBCDS Board of Directors confirmed our COVID-19 policy without changes. Masks are optional for all participants including dancers. However, dance manager/programmer teams have the prerogative to set stricter protocols for their dance series and events. Currently, Sebastopol ECD requires masks, and our dance series do not. We will make a concerted effort to communicate masking requirements for each event on our online calendar, in email announcements, and on social media posts. NBCDS strongly encourages vaccination and current boosters. We remind people to refrain from attending events when they feel ill. We will continue to gather contact information at sign-in and ask participants to alert the organizer of any positive COVID-19 cases that emerge within a week of the event. To track trends and assess relative risk, the NBCDS Board and dance managers consult community wastewater viral load measurements that are published on Verily.com for cities near our dances: San RafaelNapaSanta Rosa, and Petaluma.

San Rafael Contra: 2nd Saturdays

The San Rafael Contra series is moving back to the pre-pandemic timing of 2nd Saturdays..we’ll start on Saturday, February 11 from 7:00-10:00pm with calling by Susan Patrick and music by Corwin Zekley and Grace Fellows at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin at 240 Channing Way in San Rafael. See you then!

Apple Tree Morris Workshop

Banish the dark of winter! Celebrate the fertility of summer! Morris is English folk dance with bells on, clashing sticks, and swooping hankies.  Apple Tree Morris performs at festivals and holidays, often with a pub nearby…

Join us for a series of workshops this October on four Thursdays evenings 7:30-9:00 at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex. RSVPs encouraged — email Linton Hale info@appletreemorris.org. Find out more at https://appletreemorris.org

NBCDS Board 2022-2023

At the May 18 Annual Meeting, we confirmed the NBCDS Board for 2022-2023. We welcome Jen Bamesberger as NBCDS Board President for the current year. Craig Meltzner will remain as Vice President and Assistant Treasurer as well as resuming representation of our community as a member of the national CDSS Board. Hideko Oga remains as Treasurer and Bonnie Richardson as Secretary. Michael Martin and Marlene Mahan have again committed to service, and we welcome Sarah Lee back to the Board. We are enthused at the prospect of a return to more in-person events and are working to keep our community members safe and healthy as we gather again.