TDSC is a nonprofit educational organization that is dedicated to the preservation, study, teaching, enjoyment, and continuing evolution of traditional and historical dance, music, and song, including folk and popular musical forms from a variety of ethnic and cultural traditions, especially contra / traditional New England folk dancing and English country dance.

Upcoming Dances

Contra Dances

Our NEW regular schedule is Second Fridays at the Live Oak Grange from 7–10pm.

Friday, December 12

Where: Live Oak Grange (map)
When: Beginner's lesson at 6:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00.
Caller: Erik Hoffman
Band: The Abalone Trio (Luke Abbott, Billy Pitrone, Sarah Eblen)

Friday, January 9

Where: Live Oak Grange (map)
When: Beginner's lesson at 6:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00.
Caller: Kelsey Hartman
Band: The Whoots (Michelle Levy, Ben Schrieber, and Jim Oakden)

Suggested admission donation is $12, $11 for members and $8 for full-time students with a valid student ID card.

English Country Dances

English Country Dances are usually the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7 PM at the First Congregational Church at 900 High Street in Santa Cruz. No dances second half of November or December.

About Our Dances

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary.

There is an optional Beginner's Workshop offered 20 minutes before each dance's start time. (For example, a 7pm dance has a workshop starting at 6:40.) New dancers are encouraged to attend.

Wear comfortable, non-marking shoes to protect your feet and our floors - a separate pair of dance shoes works best. You'll be more comfortable in loose-fitting light-weight clothing.

Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted, except for the waltz and hambo.

Regular contra dance suggested admission donation is $12, $11 for members and $8 for full-time students with a valid student ID card.

Please note that many dancers are very sensitive to fragrances and body odor and that our dances are fragrance-free events. Dancers are strongly encouraged to shower before each dance event and to wear freshly laundered clothing washed in unscented laundry soap and unscented anti-static sheet in the dryer. Please refrain from using any scented products such as perfumes, colognes and scented after-shave liquids or lotions for reasons of both preference and health. Allergic reactions include headaches, sneezing, scratchy throats, watery eyes and a few other symptoms which can ruin the dance experience. Thanks for your consideration!

Network with TDSC

You can subscribe to our announcement e-list for reminders of each contra event, along with other occasional notices. For transportation coordination with other dancers, subscribe to the TDSC carpool e-list. For community building options, you can join our Facebook group, which is also sometimes used for transportation coordination, and check out the Community Boards section of this website - you must register and log in to see anyone's comments.

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