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August 13th, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Victorian ballroom sampler with Robert Barchfeld & Leilani Howard

About the Sacramento Ballroom Society

     We are a ballroom society dedicated to exploring the history of modern ballroom dance and promoting social dance through ballroom and folk dances. We offer performances, lessons, dance calling, and special events. We also have a historical ballroom component that produces interactive dances and demonstrations at historic sites in the Sacramento area in support of local fund raisers and educational events for eras ranging from the 19th century to the Art Deco period. Our largest contingent respresents the Regency, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras.

Our 2011 schedule is up! Check out our schedule page.

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Our E-Newsletter Covering June Events is Out!

FREE! Steampunk Cog Dancing Workshop, July 14th, 2011 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Hosted by the Sacramento Steampunk Society

at The Barn in Rio Linda

The Sacramento Steampunk Society has transformed a barn into a steampunk themed, antique laced, art galley lined wonder of a club house with a modest dance floor. Help them create a brand new steampunk themed quadrille dance while you practice dancing and make some new friends in this one of kind venue! Look for this dance as a feature at special events like the Steampunk Ball at Piper's Opera House this Fall and at local steampunk dances. As the name suggests, the music is distinctly inspired by steampunk themes and will get you twirling about. From more information and to receive directions, RSVP here. You will be sent the directions.

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"Malice in Wonderland" League of Proper Villains Picnic & Dance, June 12th, 2011 12:00-5:00 p.m.
with historical ballroom dancing, scavenger hunt, mad hat workshops, croquet, & raffle

McKinley Park
601 Alhambra Boulevard
Sacramento, CA


THIS IS MACABRE

Leap straight through the looking glass this June... In all his travels, Macabre has discovered a crack in space and time -- finding a portal to another world ready for domination. Cause malice in this "Wonderland" and join the King and Queen of Clubs in their quest to bring order to this warped and terrifying world. As the newly ordained monarch of this plane, I have arranged several activities for you to enjoy:

1. Participate in the "Down the Rabbit Hole" scavenger hunt, where we will provide a map and guide to this horrible land. Four winners will receive the King's favor...and a special prize.

2. Join the Mad Hattress (our own Maleficent Blameworthy) in a special hat decorating workshop. Just bring your own basic hat and some creative ideas.

3. The King will cordially invite select guests to complete in a game of "Minion Croquet". Choose a lackey and force him/her to be your living wicket. Laugh maniacally as we fire our balls toward human targets.

4. Join the mad iced tea party, where all rules of Victorian etiquette are discouraged...or downright ignored! Topsy turvy rules will be provided for the discerning Villain who wishes to participate... Mind your manners, and you may be clubbed!

All proper Villains are welcome to join us at McKinley Park, right near the rose garden, for this vile event. We will provide tea. You will provide food, and other desired refreshments, for yourself. If you fail to do so, you can just EAT ME! More details will soon follow. Until then, stay vile, Comrades!

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Malice In Wonderland
June 12, Sunday, 2011
Pik Nik Itinerary

11:00 a.m. Cabinet Members and volunteers arrive and set up.

12:00 p.m. Tea Party (continues all day) WELCOME, viewing of Raffle Items

12:15 p.m. (flexible timing) Hat Making begins, possible ongoing workshop throughout the day

12:30-1:15 p.m. First Dance (45 minutes)

1:15-2:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt (so dancers can also do scavenger hunt)

2:30-3:45 p.m. Second Dance

3:45-4:00 p.m. Raffle

4:00-5:00 p.m. Croquet, until end of pik nik also Tea Party and Hatmaking

"Villains Take Over the Night" Dance & Concert May 14th, 2011, 7:00 p.m.-Midnight, $5
Mirror Ballroom, Sacramento.

Victorian era ballroom dancing and Gothic steampunk inspired concert in a night of dark waltzes, villainous derring-dos & occasional innocent bystanders...

Presented by the League of Proper Villains.


*THIS IS MACABRE*

We have recently received a transmission from beyond... Madame Mulla, leader of the order of "The Angels of the Night" has sent me this invitation:

"Take a trip through time and place with the League of Proper Villains (LOPV). The Villains and our group The Angels of the Night would like to invite you to a dance and concert at the Mirror Ballroom. Come dressed in your finest Black ready to Kill.

This event will feature:

  • Classic Victorian style dances created just for LOPV by the Sacramento Ballroom Society, all taught and called on the spot.
  • A small concert by local musicians. (Musical themes will be Roccoco Rock, Neo-Victorian, Gothic International, and Dark Acoustic.)
  • Raffle prizes and much more.
Vampires, lovers of the macabre and gothic; those of you who prefer the dark side, and all other-worldly creatures, you are welcome."

(Since this event is a fundraiser for future League events, there will be a small door fee of $5. Also, this is an appetizer potluck event. The Mirror Ballroom has a kitchen and lounge. We are requesting that all attendees contribute to refreshments.)

We are cautiously optimistic that our tenuous treaty with these creatures of the night will be advantageous to the League. More details will soon follow.

Until then, be wary of any exposed neck skin, and stay vile!

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FREE Great Electrical Exhibition, May 21st, 2011, 12 Noon-5:00 p.m.
An electrifying, steampunk themed picnic at the 1895 Folsom Powerhouse with historical ballroom dancing.
Presented by the Sacramento Steampunk Society.

Folsom Powerhouse State Park


Photo by Craig Leeroyd.

Bring a picnic and enjoy a Spring afternoon in the alternate history and Victorian sci-fi inspired world a la Jules Verne with the Sacramento Steampunk Society. Don your favorite Victorian, Edwardian or steampunk inspired costuming and enjoy Victorian ballroom dancing taught and called by the Sacramento Ballroom Society. As a special treat, there will be a free extended tour of the Folsom Powerhouse given by the docents for the picnickers. The powerhouse which looks much as it did when built in 1895 and is now a State Park.

"The opening of the powerhouse brought with it a 'grand electric carnival' parade through downtown Sacramento and a 100-gun salute from a detachment of soldiers near the substation. Vintage generators are still in place at the powerhouse, as is the control switchboard, faced with Tennessee marble. Visitors touring the powerhouse can see the massive General Electric transformers, each capable of conducting from 800 to 11,000 volts of electricity, in addition to the forebays and canal system that brought the water from the dam."--Folsom Powerhouse State Park.

Muster your expedition crew for a rollicking good time!


Dancing Through the Decades ballroom showcase, May 22nd, 2011. Two Shows: 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. $15 at the door.
A journey through dance history, one spectacular performance at a time! Presented by Mirror Ballroom.


Watch the floor come alive as both professional and student dancers present an array of colorful styles, dances and music representing dance history through time.


FREE Old Sacramento Easter Promenade Ball, April 23rd, 2011 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sacramento History Museum, Old Sacramento with more spacious historic hall for dancing this year!


Featuring the gourmet music of Claudia's Kitchen.
Presented by the Old Sacramento Living History Program.


Photo by OSLHP.

     You are most cordially invited to don your finest mid-19th century fashions and bring your dance shoes, or come as you are to join in the dancing at the Old Sacramento Easter Promenade Ball this Saturday, April 23rd. Free dance lessons and many dances are called on the spot. You will be waltzing, reeling and dancing your way through Victorian quadrilles and couples dances in no time. This event is presented by the Old Sacramento Living History Program and serves the local living history organizations of the Sacramento area as a touchstone social event. Join us for mid-19th century ballroom dancing hosted by the Sacramento Ballroom Society. The band will be Claudia's Kitchen playing old-time music with a unique, harmonious collection of instruments from spirited fiddles to the now unusual concertina to inspire dancers with ethereal waltzes, lively polkas and schottisches and stylish mazurkas. Dancing will be held in the spacious, and beautifully restored Gold Rush era Stanford Gallery in Old Sacramento, located next to the Sacramento History Museum on I St. As per traditions of the past, members of the Old Sacramento Living History Program will be promenading in their mid-19th century Spring finery through the streets of Old Sacramento wishing everyone a Happy Easter prior to the dance during the noon hour.

Join us for a Spring afternoon in 1860s Old Sacramento and take a turn about the floor with us.


1859 Christmas Dance Dec. 11th, 2010 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Sacramento History Museum, Old Sacramento with more spacious historic hall for dancing this year!

     Party like its 1859 this holiday season! Don your finest mid-19th century day or eveningwear and bring your dance shoes. This event is hosted by the Old Sacramento Living History Program and serves the local living history organizations of the Sacramento area as a touchstone social event. Join us for mid-19th century ballroom dancing hosted by the Sacramento Ballroom Society. New this year to accommodate the growing popularity of this event, dancing will be held in the more spacious, and beautifully restored Gold Rush era hall in Old Sacramento. Check in at the Sacramento History Museum for dance admission inquiries. The Sacramento History Museum will be also hosting a variety of activities and the Pony Express Christmas Card ride will be making its grand entrance at the museum. To participate as a dance host or guest, please contact us via the spam free Feedback Page and do not forget to include a return email address and name if you desire a response.

Family History Day Oct. 9th, 2010 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 19th century Ballroom Dancing from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

     Who's in your family tree? How do find primary sources for historical research? Find out with FREE admission to Family History Day 2010 at the California State Archives. Enjoy 20+ classes for beginner to experienced researchers; Preservation Lab classes; research in the Root Cellar Genealogical Society Library; Archives tours. Our favorite dance band, Claudia's Kitchen will fill the lofty hall with music while we dance mid-19th century ballroom at the California State Archives to spotlight a bit of dance history as well. We will be in period day costume teaching beginning lessons in 1840s-1870s dances and sharing a little bit about social life and activities in the mid-19th century. FREE historical ballroom lessons. The floors are marble, so bring your dance shoes and rough up your suede soles for added comfort.

Here is a complete schedule of classes.

30 Classes/Tours
26 Exhibitors
19 Speakers
10+ Docents in Period Attire
4+ Historical Ballroom Dancers
and...
7+ hours of Free Fun

"History of Ballroom" FREE exhibition and lesson with live, gourmet music by Claudia's Kitchen band, August 7th, 2010 2:00-3:30 p.m.

at the Arden-Dimick Library's Community Room

Join Robert Barchfeld and Leilani Howard of the Sacramento Ballroom Society to explore the history of ballroom dance. Dancers in Victorian costume will demonstrate several popular couples´┐Ż dances of the nineteenth century. Instructors will then teach historical or modern social dances (depending on the preference of the class) and participants will have some time to practice to the lively music of Claudia's Kitchen. Everyone welcome; no partner or prior dance experience necessary. The Community Room features a large, smooth wooden floor. This is the last in a series of Summer Reading programs for adults.

"A Picnic in Arkham" May 30th, 2010 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
hosted by the Sacramento Steampunk Society with live music by Claudia's Kitchen
McKinley Park, Sacramento, CA

     Come join in the fun at this free picnic with H.P Lovecraft and Victorian steampunk fused themes of science fiction, alternate history and a bit of the eerie and spooky. This event is hosted by the Sacramento Steampunk Society. Games, costume swap meet, croque, FREE dance lessons and gourmet music by Claudia's Kitchen in the scenic McKinley Park.

Gibson Ranch Civil War Re-Enactment May 15-16th, 2010 with the Society's Dance Floor & Free Lessons
in Elverta, CA, just minutes from Sacramento near Watt. Ave.


(photo by Gibson Ranch).

     Become immersed in the history of the Civil War at one of the largest re-enactments in the country. Full cavalry, batteries of cannons, tour civilian, Union and Confederate camps, shop for period inspired wares, taste the local BBQ, and of course, join the Sacramento Ballroom Society as we host our dance floor with free dance lessons in full, dense shade all day. We will be teaching historical ballroom dances of the era accompanied by some of our favorite musicians. Bring a picnic to enjoy all the action on more than 300 acres of scenic park lands. For directions visit the ranch website. For a detailed schedule of events, visit their schedule page. Admission is just $6.

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Old Sacramento March 13th, 1:00 p.m.


(photo by Sacramento Bee newspaper).

     Join in the festivities or cheer on the Sacramento Ballroom Society's St. Patrick's Day parade entry, Christopher Schilling's "big 'ol '49" car (green in color of course) as those Society members feeling Irish stroll and dance in the streets. Celtic dancing and festivities continue after the parade at Waterfront Park, Old Sacramento. Society members will be gathering there for an after parade social. Contact us through the feedback page for details.

     Check out our new schedule of special events at our new volunteer page! Volunteers participate in great community wide special events, fun dance partners and often do it while promoting the Society or a good cause.

     Regular lessons are held at the Mirror Ballroom located at 9806 Old Winery Place Suite #6, Sacramento, CA 95826. This venue is just minutes off Highway 50's Bradshaw exit. Here are a few quick comments on our venue. It is 10 minutes from CSU Sacramento on Kiefer Blvd., features a large, 3,600 sq/ft floor, plenty of free parking, air conditioning, professional sound system, and table seating. More details can be found on Mirror Ballroom's website or on our venue page.

Mirror Ballroom (our main venue)

9806 Old Winery Place Suite#6

Sacramento, CA 95826
www.mirrorballroom.com

No Membership Dues Beginning in 2010!

    We will no longer charge membership dues. This is our chance to give back to the membership that has supported the club. Come on out and enjoy some ballroom, latin, and swing dancing with us.

Dance Lessons

     We have teamed up with some of Sacramento's finest dance instructors. We teach historical as well as modern ballroom, latin, swing, and club dances in both International Standard and American Smooth styles. Our lessons are well suited for dancers with little to intermediate experience. Even if you have never danced before, our lessons can get you on the floor with confidence. Our more experienced dancers will recognize our instructors as some of the most capable teachers in the area and know that the quality of our instruction in top notch anywhere. If you have any requests for other types of dances, please let us know through the feedback page. Regular, ongoing lessons at our home studio, Mirror Ballroom are just $5 with many opportunties for free lessons at special events around the Sacramento area. Please visit our schedule page to see our upcoming dance lessons. .