2nd Sun OPEN BAND/Mic contra dance (VMH) – band led by Jim Oakden & Shira Kammen; Kelsey Hartman leads the calling

Come to dance, play, or call!  Open Band, Open Mic. Jim Oakden and Shira Kammen will be anchoring the band. Kelsey Hartman leads the calling.


Dancers are welcome at any time. New dancers are encouraged to attend the free beginner’s lesson at 5:30 p.m.

Musicians and callers must contact us in advance at programmers2@santacruzdance.org, and will get free admission to the dance. The band is open to all musicians who can play the tunes. All band members need to arrive shortly after 5:00 for a talk-through and sound check. Callers please fill out this form.

Download music for the open band set.

About Our Contra Dances

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary. Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted (except for the waltz and hambo).

TDSC dances are called using gender-neutral (Larks/Robins) role terms unless otherwise noted. Everyone is welcome to dance either/both roles. Learn more.

Beginner’s Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner’s lesson at 5:30. Regular dancing begins at 6:00 (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

Admission: Suggested admission donation is $12 regular, $20 for supporters, $8 for full-time students w/student ID card.  Cash or check only.

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.

Please note that many dancers are very sensitive to fragrances and body odor and that our dances are fragrance-free events (read more).