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Performance and Volunteer Opportunities.

Check back to this calendar often for the latest event postings.

     Take your dancing to new places! Scroll down this page to find the special event schedule, free dance workshops, how to get there with or without a car, and information on volunteering. The Sacramento Ballroom Society is looking for a few adventurous dancers to help promote dance and even your own organization with us as we take our dancing to the stage, streets, and a variety of special events throughout the Sacramento area. Gain experience practicing for your competition or showcase with a fun group of dancers and perhaps gain a few beneficial perks as well. Come dance with us just for the fun of it as all our special events are worth the experience for its own sake. You can get a first peek at museum exhibits, the see amazing Sacramento landmarks in a whole new way, dance your support for a good cause, take to the stage at a major festival, get a front row seat at a concert or tickets to enjoy a major festival all for as little as a few minutes of your time exhibiting your hard won dance skill. You can even help cross support other arts communities by performing for concert bands, big bands, schools, and helping host other dance groups from throughout the ballroom and folk dance communities in Sacramento. We have our own portable wood parquet dance floor that can span almost 1,000 sq. ft. that we will set up for larger events to assure your complete comfort during your performance to make you feel just as if you were dancing on a studio floor.

      Never performed before? We may have a series of free dance workshops tailored to an event to help you find your footing.

To Volunteer or for more Information: Contact us through our feedback page.
Click on the event links to find out more.


DateEventLocationTasksVolunteer SpotsSupports
January 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th
2010
Fridays
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society
Historical Organizations
February 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th,
2010
Fridays
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society
Historical Organizations
March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th,
2010
Fridays
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society
Historical Organizations
March 13th, 2010
Saturday 1 p.m.
St. Patrick's Day Parade entry:
The Sacramento Ballroom Society takes its dancing to the streets.
Old Sacramento
Contact us via the feedback page for details.Gate List Closed
Sacramento Ballroom Society
April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
2010
Fridays
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society
Historical Organizations
May 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th
2010
Fridays
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society
Historical Organizations
May 14-16th
9:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Sat.
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sun.
NCWA Gibson Ranch
Civil War Cavalry
Gibson Ranch
Elverta, CA
Minutes from Sacramento near Watt. Ave.
1850s-1860s Costumed Victorian DancersGate List Closed
We are hosting our dance floor, fully shade all day! Live music!
NCWA/ACWA
May 22nd, 2010
2:00 p.m.
FREE "History of Ballroom Dance" Tea Dance & Lesson
Arden-Dimick Public Library
891 Watt Ave.
Sacramento, CA
19th Century costumed & casual attired dance eventOpenArden-Dimick Public Library
Sacramento Ballroom Society
May 30th
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
"A Picnic in Arkham"
Games, Costume Swap,
Scavenger Hunt, Live Music and Dancing.
McKinley Park
Sacramento, CA
Victorian Steampunk or H.P. Lovecraft Inspired Costuming or Come Dressed as a Dancer.Open
Live music by Claudia's Kitchen
Sacramento Steampunk Society
June 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th
2010
Fridays
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society
Historical Organizations
July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th,
2010
Fridays
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society
Historical Organizations
August 7th, 2010
2:00 p.m.
FREE "History of Ballroom Dance" Tea Dance & Lesson
Arden-Dimick Public Library
891 Watt Ave.
Sacramento, CA
19th Century costumed & casual attired dance eventOpenArden-Dimick Public Library
Sacramento Ballroom Society
August 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th
2010
Fridays
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society
Historical Organizations
September 10th, 17th, & 24th,
2010
Fridays
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society
Historical Organizations
September 3-6th, 2010
Labor Day Weekend
11:00 a.m.-4-7 p.m.; Check schedule for days.
Gold Rush DaysFront Street & I Street
Old Sacramento
Mapquest
*Host Stage
*Dance Hosts
*Stage Performances
* Public Dance & Bands
*Free Lessons
Dances: Victorian Ballroom, Contra, Folk Dances, Square Dances, & Country.
Open
33 volunteers attending
Sacramento Ballroom Society
Living History Program
Local Folk Dance Schools & Organizations
Sacramento Convention & Visitors' Bureau
October 1st, 2010
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Casino Night Aboard the Empress Hornblower
Live Band: Claudia's Kitchen
City Docks
1206 Front Street
Old Sacramento, CA
Google Maps Directions
1850s Costumed Victorian DancersGate List ClosedHistoric Old Sacramento Foundation
Sacramento History Museum
October 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th
2009
Fridays
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society
Historical Organizations
October 15,16, 22,23, 29,30, 2010
Friday 6 p.m.
Ghost Tours:
Old Sacramento Living History Program's Annual Fund Raiser
Eagle Theater
111 I Street
Old Sacramento
Mapquest
A walking tour of haunted Old Sacramento as told by some colorful characters from Sacramento's lively history.
**We need dancers willing to dance in a rather interesting spot overlooking the river for a very insightful view of a historic site.
Open
12 volunteers attending.
Sacramento Ballroom Society
Living History Program
November 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th
2010
Fridays
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society
Historical Organizations
December 10th
2010
Friday
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lessons in 19th century ballroom.
Cost: $5 per class
Check schedule page for lesson plans.
Ultimate Dancesport
9181C Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento
Mapquest
Prepare volunteers & the general public for historical & modern ballroom eventsOpenSacramento Ballroom Society

Historical Organizations
December 11th, 2010
1:00-4:00 p.m.
1859 Holiday Dance
Live Band: Claudia's Kitchen
Historic hall in Old Sacramento
Check in at Sacramento History Museum
101 I Street
Old Sacramento, CA
Google Maps Directions
1850s Costumed Victorian Dancers

Costumes not required.
Gate List PendingOld Sacramento Living History Program

Sacramento Ballroom Society

Getting on Email Lists:

     Remember to send your email address when using our feedback page so we can reply to your information request. Your email is used to contact you to confirm your spot, arrange to send any necessary event badges or passes, and relay event details. Also, using the feedback page does not automatically sign you up for either our regular emailing list or our volunteer emailing list. You must specify your desire to join either or both of those emailing lists.

Legal Stuff:

     It has been our past experience that police- administered background checks were required for certain events' security in the past and may be required for some future events. Please give us your legal name for any event for which you will be a volunteer. This is the name that will appear on the entry forms, on any Sacramento Ballroom Society gate lists and will be matched to your photo ID at events where security must check you in. Put your character name, if applicable, in parenthesis. Examples of higher security events include county fairs, State Fair, and some city festivals and places requiring back stage passes. You should carry a photo ID at all times. You should be comfortable with event photographs that may include your image being used by the press, by the Sacramento Ballroom Society or simply taken by the public. You will be notified if these details are applicable when you inquire about a given event. You must specify if you are volunteering for more than one person at the time of contact and provide that person(s) email for confirmation if it is a security laden event.

Dance Partners:

     If you are volunteering as a single dancer for a couples dance event (as is required by most ballroom styles) you may be assigned a partner who is a fellow volunteer dancer if you are volunteering for a stage performance. General demonstration dances are done in a group on the main event floor and are danced as a regular dance with both ladies and gentlmen asking each other to dance in turn.

Parking Maps:

     Map of Old Sacramento, major paid parking garages, attractions & venues.

     Sacramento Parking Services
More than you ever wanted to know about parking in Sacramento: parking rates for every lot and space, types and exact number of spaces on each street and where to find them, validating, special events & schedules, discounts & passes, and er, how to settle with the parking citation "service" when needed.

     Map of Sacramento Garages and Surface Lots

Getting To and Around Sacramento without a Car:

Amtrak Trains: Average $26

     A stress free ride that can't be beat with no parking fees. The Sacramento Amtrak station is located about two blocks from Old Sacramento with frequent service via the Capitol Corridor which connects to BART trains at Richmond station or take the Amtrak bus into Emeryville which goes to San Francisco or vice versa. You can also take the Amtrak bus which stops at various locations around the Bay and connects you to the train.

Mapquest for walking from the Amtrak Station to Old Sacramento

     Amtrak can also be reached from the South Bay, and Stockton area via the San Joaquins route connected by the Altamount Commuter Express or ACE Train.

Greyhound Bus Lines: $22-35

     Round trip tickets from Bay Area to Sacramento range from $17-35, average cost $23. Take Light Rail into Old Sacramento for a dollar or two more or walk about a mile into Old Sacramento from the Greyhound Station.

Light Rail Trains: $1-5

     For a few bucks you can get around Sacramento or the Gold Country via Light Rail. Various discounts available to students, military, ect. Most fares for the Sacramento city range from $1.70 to about $5.00

     System Wide Service Map

     Central City Map (Old Sacramento Access)

Commuter Resource Guide for Vanpools and More: Free to $30.

     Courtesy of the Sacramento Transportation Management Association, this is a one stop shop for vanpool seats, commuting by bike, city transit, shuttles, and more for Sacramento and beyond with various routes.

Car Rental: $12-49 a day

     Renting a car from the Bay Area to Sacramento averages $29 a day for an economy model to $49 for a luxary model. Use a search website like Travelocity or Priceline and you can find rental cars from $12 a day. Carpool with friends to divide the expense further. Most car rental companies require you to be at least 25 years old to rent a car, or rent a sportscar and/or obtain additional insurance. Don't forget to factor in gas, mileage fees, and any parking fees and insurance you may want. Try combining car rental with hotel rooms if you are staying over for added savings.

Harbor Bay Ferry, Sacramento to and from San Francisco: $125+ *Requires overnight stay

     Wonderful views, gourmet food and a scenic cruise in a large high speed catamaran ferry which requires overnight stay for round trip. See everything from major ships from around the world in the Deep Water Channel to Delta wildlife. The trip takes an average of 3 hours, 45 minutes give or take traffic conditions.

Bay Area residents, inquire about boarding the ferry on Saturdays in San Francisco and return the next day via the same boat on Sunday from Port of Sacramento.

Location: Sacramento to and from San Francisco
Dates: Saturday and Sundays; Check exact dates.
Details: On Saturdays, passengers take Amtrak from Sacramento to Emeryville and are bused into San Francisco, where they board the Bay Breeze and cruise to the Port of Sacramento. On Sundays, the Bay Breeze departs from the Port of Sacramento, with passengers returning to Sacramento via Amtrak. Cost: $125 per person for the cruise, lunch and train ride is due upon booking. Passengers pay an additional $10 shuttle fee and $5.50 for parking.
Information and reservations: (916) 399-9342 or info(at)deltarivercruise(dot)com .

Commuter Flights: $200-400

     For those with more money than time, consider flying as its really the fastest method and the airports are very comfortable with major airlines and efficient commuter airlines abounding. Sacramento is served by multiple private, corporate and military airports for commuter flights in addition to a major International airport. You can find anything from Delta sea plane bush pilots to swank excursion flights and the most common, commuter flights of major airlines. Travel time from San Francisco to Sacramento in a typical turbo prop aircraft averages 42 minutes. Price varies dramatically from airline to airline for various reasons. Once at any airport, you will most likely have to make 20-30 minute taxi or shuttle ride into the city proper at an expense of an additional $30-50 or so. Try combining your flight with hotel rooms if you are staying over for additional savings.

Local River and Unusual Travel for Fun

Private Boat: $2/person docking fee, $1/ft. overnight fee Sacramento City Marina, average $25 overnight fee elswhere

     If arriving by private boat, Old Sacramento city docking fees are $2 per person. For major festivals, earliest bird gets a berth. Large areas of the dock may be reserved if one of the large Victorian style paddlewheelers or the other large riverboats are offering cruises on those days. Most local marinas charge by the foot for an overnight slip with a couple located just 5 minutes upstream of Old Sacramento. There are various places for fuel and pump out most marinas have shore power and undercover slips. Again, major festivals tend to book up the area as yacht clubs make a cruise out of it. Boat launch fees are around $7 with Discover Park's ramp immediately flanking Old Sacramento. Double check tides and river height forecasts before tying up. Cost of rafting up or anchoring along the Delta's waterways is free, just don't block channels, bridges or blind river bends and make certain your boat is self-contained.

Map of Sacramento Delta and Marinas

River Otter Water Taxi: $5

     The water taxi service has not been operating of late. A typical fee was $5 to cruise around go all the local marinas for a day which it connected. Tickets can be purchased at the Sacramento docks.

Horse Carriage: $10-$50, some free on occasion

     Flat fee charged by the carriage load, typically $10 will get you a tour Old Sacramento, $50 for a one hour long tour through Old Sacramento and continuing to the Capitol plus any tip to your driver. The average carriage fits four comfortably. During Gold Rush Days you can ride the double hitch wagon train for a free tour of Old Sacramento. (For the weary, it works for hitching a ride to one of the Old Sacramento parking garages too). You can hail a carriage anywhere in Old Sacramento.