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Dance Schedule 2011

     The Society traditionally reserves the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month to offer historical ballroom dance lessons, however, there are occasionally scheduling conflicts with other groups and major holidays when renting the hall, so check back with this schedule for our latest information. We have an emphasis on the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco eras. Our lessons are held at the Mirror Ballroom in Sacramento. Check out our venue page for directions to Mirror Ballroom.

     The historical lesson runs from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on the main dance floor. The beginning American Ballroom social dance class meets from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on the secondary floor. The lesson price is $5 per person per class. Casual dance attire and dance shoes or shoes with smooth, non-rubberized soles are recommended.

     A date in blue font indicates a special event. They may be held as additional dates to our monthly calendar, may not occur on a Saturday, may be located outside our venue and/or may not be hosted by the Sacramento Ballroom Society, but we frequently support the hosting organization. Details are given on the schedule listing or on our home page. If you would like more details about any event, please inquire through our Feedback Page any time.

DateLesson/Special EventInstructor(s)/VenueDescription
March 26th, 2011
2:00-3:00 p.m.
PolkaRobert BarchfeldThe spirited dance popular in the Victorian era and at Oktoberfests everywhere.
March 26th, 2011
3:00-4:00 p.m.
American Ballroom: foxtrot, waltz, tangoRobert BarchfeldBeginning American Ballroom social dances.
April 9th, 2011
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Lancers' QuadrilleRobert BarchfeldA military inspired quadille dance popular in the 19th century.
April 9th, 2011
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Historical Ballroom Performance ClassDanny Lerer1st class of historical ballroom for stage performance. Beginners welcome.
April 16th, 2011
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Cha-Cha LessonRobert BarchfeldBeginners' modern Latin social dance.
April 23rd, 2011
2:00-4:00 p.m.
FREE Old Sacramento Easter Promenade BallThe historic Stanford Gallery
111 I. St. Old Sacramento
Victorian era dance with music by Claudia's Kitchen.
May 14th, 2011
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Congress of Vienna WaltzRobert BarchfeldModern waltz re-creation resembling Regency era waltzes choreographed by John Hertz. It is popular at Bay Area period balls.
May 14th, 2011
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Historical Ballroom Performance ClassDanny LererClass for show dance in historical ballroom.
May 14th, 2011
7:00 p.m.-Midnight
hosted by the League of Proper Villains
All dances taught and called on the spot by Sacramento Ballroom Society.
Mirror Ballroom
9806 Old Winery Place Suite #6
Sacramento, CA 95826
Victorian era ballroom dancing with a gothic, steampunk twist. Enjoy fine steampunk musicians.
Bring your henchmen & dress to kill...
May 21st, 2011
12:00-5:00 p.m.
hosted by the Sacramento Steampunk Society
Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park
9980 Greenback Ln.
Folsom, CA 95630
Bring a picnic & don Victorian, Edwardian or 19th century Steampunk inspired attire and enjoy free dancing.
May 22nd, 2011
Two Shows:
1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Ballroom Showcase
hosted by the Mirror Ballroom
Mirror Ballroom
9806 Old Winery Pl. #6
Sacramento, CA 95827
Come join us for a dance showcase that includes student and professional performances demonstrating dance history.
May 28th, 2011
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Fledermaus Quadrille #1Robert BarchfeldPopular Victorian quadrille still regularly danced today at balls in Vienna, Austria & period events.
May 28th, 2011
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Historical Ballroom Performance ClassDanny LererVictorian ballroom for show dance.
NEW DATE June 10th, 2011
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Hornblower River Cruise

Live Band: Claudia's Kitchen
*Proceeds benefit Historic Old Sacramento Foundation.

*Held aboard the Hornblower Empress and departs from Old Sacramento City Docks on the waterfront on Front St.
Gold Rush-era themed riverboat casino night featuring Victorian ballroom dancing, 1850s style gaming & poker tournament.

Contact the Sacramento History Museum at (916) 264-7059 for ticket information.
June 11th, 2011
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Traditional SchottischeRobert BarchfeldPopular historical ballroom dance resembling a slow polka introduced in 1849.
June 25th
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Victorian Waltz MixerRobert BarchfeldCommon partner switching dances based on rotary waltz that was the staple dance of Victorian & modern re-creation event balls.
July 9th, 2011
2:00-3:00 p.m.
MazurkaRobert Barchfeld The Polish couples dance done in waltz time, popular in the mid-19th century.
July 23rd, 2011
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Polonaise/Grand MarchRobert BarchfeldCeremonial ball opener for the last 300 years. The class concentrates on its distinct balletic style footwork as all dance figures are lead by the master of ceremonies.
August 13th, 2011
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Victorian Ballroom SamplerRobert BarchfeldClass choice and brief sampling of popular Victorian dances.
Sept.2nd-Sept.5th, 2011
Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento
Live Bands
The Society has canceled its participation in this event.
Enjoy our dance floor in the center of the 49er Scene by the river.Free admission. Volunteer dancers needed.Victorian & folk dance performances, dance bands & festival shows.
Fall Schedule to be AnnouncedTBATBATBA