Local Dance Events

Hi Dancers!    I try to pick out the events best suited to ballroom, latin and swing dancing. 

Let me know if there is anything you would like to add!

On-going Events in the Community:

Please note:  I’m not sure if these on-going dances have resumed yet in 2022.   I suggest calling the contact information.

Fridays, on-going, 6:00-9:00 p.m.:  Sonora Ballroom Dancing meets at the Aronos Club, 37 E. Elkin Street, Downtown Sonora for community ballroom dancing.   Lessons are at 6:00 p.m. followed by open dancing from 7 to 9 p.m.  $10 for the evening or $5 after 7 p.m.   (note: active and meeting except on May 6, 2022)

Second Saturdays:  Second Saturday Art Night in historic downtown Sonora offers art shows, music and refreshments, at no charge from 5 to 8 p.m.   Visit www.2ndsaturdayartnight.org  for details for each month.

Third Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.:  Contra Dancing at the Aronos Club, 37 E. Elkin Street, Sonora.  Live music; no experience necessary.  Adults $7, Children $3.  For more information, call 532-6025.  (not meeting yet in 2022)

Some Thursdays, (see “classes” for dates), 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.:  Folk Dancing with Carlos at The Dance Castle, 23496 Gold Springs Drive, Columbia.  All levels; free!   (dates will be posted below)

Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.:  Line Dancing with Carolyn Silva at First Presbyterian Church of Columbia (aka 49er Church, 11155 Jackson Street) in Faith Hall.  Free.


2022

Events are popping up; looks like a wonderful year for dancing!   I’m not sure what kind of “dance” music these bands play, so look them up on google or youtube.
 

Check out the bands playing at Black Oak Casino here: https://www.blackoakcasino.com/show

And at Inner Sanctum Cellars here: https://www.innersanctumcellars.com/

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The Events:

Thursday, May 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m.:  Big Band Dance at The Dance Castle.  Dance it up to the Columbia Big Band with Rod Harris!  $10 donation goes to the band fund.   This is a symbiotic event!  The band gets a place to practice while we get a place to dance!  This is not a “gala”, and not a dinner event.  However, we’ll provide beverages.   Bring appetizers and desserts if you’d like to nibble!    

Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.:  The Lack Family at Tuolumne Concerts in the Park at West Side Memorial Park, Main & Fir streets in downtown Tuolumne.   Great outdoor dancing.  Outdoor Market, with food, crafts and snacks begins at 5 p .m.  Bring a chair and outdoor dance shoes!

Saturday, June 11, 8 p.m.:  Star Dogs at Saturday Art Night After 8 concert at Coffill Park.  All ages welcome; no host beer and wine bar. 

Saturday, June 18, 6 – 8 p.m.:  Jim Anderson and the Rebels at Twain Harte’s Concerts in the Pines, Eproson Field.  Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this Elvis Tribute Band!


JUST DANCE

Date:  Sunday, June 19, 2022

Time:  1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Location:  Church of the 49’ers, 11155 Jackson Street, Columbia.

Donation:  $10/person or $5/senior.  Donation goes to the church’s Historical Building Fund.    It’s a win-win . . . we get to use the church’s beautiful facilities and they get funds for their upkeep.   Includes dance instruction (by request) and light refreshments.

Music:  Fabulous tunes and vocals by Les Olson.   Les is trained to play music we can dance and practice to, including ballroom, swing, Latin and country music.

Refreshments:  A lovely assortment of sweets and savories are donated by our volunteers and patrons; we always welcome your food donations!


Friday, June 24, 6 p.m.:  Western Dinner & Dance at the Elks Lodge.  Dance to our favorite DJ, Les Olson, and grill your own steak with sides and dessert!   RSVP by Monday, June 20th; $20 per person. 

DATE: June 24th (Friday)

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

COST: $20 per person

PLEASE make reservations by calling the Elks Lodge. 209-533-1587

DEADLINE: Monday June 20th; leave your name and phone and how many in your party.  PAY at the door.  


Saturday, June 25, 6 – 8 p.m.:  Agent (Classic Rock hits of the 70’s and 80’s) at Twain Harte’s Concert in the Pines at Eproson Field.  Don’t forget your chair and beverage!

Saturday, July 2, 6 – 8 p.m.:  Triple D (Classic to hard rock from the 70’s – 90’s) at Twain Harte’s Concert in the Pines at Eproson Field.  

Thursday, July 7 at 5 p.m.:  Rod Harris Quartet and Vocal Jazz Groups at the Steam Donkey Restaurant.  For the Wine Dinner at Pinecrest Lake Resort, call for reservations at (209) 965-3411

Friday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m.:  Columbia Big Band will be at Inner Sanctum Cellars.  Tickets will be on sale 2 weeks prior at https://shop.innersanctumcellars.com/reservation-events

Saturday, July 9, 6 – 8 p.m.:  Amanda Sings at Twain Harte’s Concert in the Pines at Eproson Field.  

Saturday, July 9, 8 p.m.:  Burn Permit at Saturday Art Night After 8 concert at Coffill Park.  All ages welcome; no host beer and wine bar. 

Saturday, July 16, 6 – 8 p.m.:  Burn Permit (Classic Rock, Pop and Blues) at Twain Harte’s Concert in the Pines at Eproson Field.  

Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.:  Columbia Big Band’s Street Dance at Columbia State Park.  Time to get out those’40’s outfits!  Bring a chair and outdoor dance shoes.  One of the most exciting dance venues ever!

 
 

JUST DANCE

Date:  Sunday, July 17, 2022

Time:  1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Location:  Church of the 49’ers, 11155 Jackson Street, Columbia.

Donation:  $10/person or $5/senior.  Donation goes to the church’s Historical Building Fund.    It’s a win-win . . . we get to use the church’s beautiful facilities and they get funds for their upkeep.   Includes dance instruction (by request) and light refreshments.

Music:  Fabulous tunes and vocals by Les Olson.   Les is trained to play music we can dance and practice to, including ballroom, swing, Latin and country music.

Refreshments:  A lovely assortment of sweets and savories are donated by our volunteers and patrons; we always welcome your food donations!

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Saturday, July 23, 6 – 8 p.m.: Neighborhood Sound (Classic psychedelic rock, punk, funk, jazz, and American roots music) at Twain Harte’s Concert in the Pines at Eproson Field.  

Saturday, July 30, 6 – 8 p.m.: King Hippo (Dance party cover band with reggae, ska, funk and rock) at Twain Harte’s Concert in the Pines at Eproson Field.

Saturday, August 6, 6 – 8 p.m.: Hired Gun (hard rock) at Twain Harte’s Concert in the Pines at Eproson Field.

August 13, 6 – 8 p.m.: Threshold (60’s and 70’s Rock group and horn band) at Twain Harte’s Concert in the Pines at Eproson Field.

Saturday, August 13, 8 p.m.:  Neighborhood Sound at Saturday Art Night After 8 concert at Coffill Park.  All ages welcome; no host beer and wine bar. 

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JUST DANCE

Date:  Sunday, August 21, 2022

Time:  1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Location:  Church of the 49’ers, 11155 Jackson Street, Columbia.

Donation:  $10/person or $5/senior.  Donation goes to the church’s Historical Building Fund.    It’s a win-win . . . we get to use the church’s beautiful facilities and they get funds for their upkeep.   Includes dance instruction (by request) and light refreshments.

Music:  Fabulous tunes and vocals by Les Olson.   Les is trained to play music we can dance and practice to, including ballroom, swing, Latin and country music.

Refreshments:  A lovely assortment of sweets and savories are donated by our volunteers and patrons; we always welcome your food donations!

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Saturday, August 27, 6 – 8 p.m.: The Essentials (Electic and Electric mix of party rock) at Twain Harte’s Concert in the Pines at Eproson Field.

Saturday, September 3, 6 – 8 p.m.: California Creedence (Classic Rock and Hits Cover Band) at Twain Harte’s Concert in the Pines at Eproson Field.

Saturday, September 10, 6 – 8 p.m.: Kinland Station (Blues and Rock) at Twain Harte’s Concert in the Pines at Eproson Field.

Saturday, September 10, 8 p.m.:  Nate Nathen & Friends at Saturday Art Night After 8 concert at Coffill Park.  All ages welcome; no host beer and wine bar. 

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JUST DANCE

Date:  Sunday, September 18, 2022

Time:  1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Location:  Church of the 49’ers, 11155 Jackson Street, Columbia.

Donation:  $10/person or $5/senior.  Donation goes to the church’s Historical Building Fund.    It’s a win-win . . . we get to use the church’s beautiful facilities and they get funds for their upkeep.   Includes dance instruction (by request) and light refreshments.

Music:  Fabulous tunes and vocals by Les Olson.   Les is trained to play music we can dance and practice to, including ballroom, swing, Latin and country music.

Refreshments:  A lovely assortment of sweets and savories are donated by our volunteers and patrons; we always welcome your food donations!

Dates are subject to change (normally the 3rd Sundays):

May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18.

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Saturday, October 8, 8 p.m.:  King Hippo at Saturday Art Night After 8 concert at Coffill Park.  All ages welcome; no host beer and wine bar. 

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JUST DANCE

Date:  Sunday, October 16, 2022

Time:  1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Location:  Church of the 49’ers, 11155 Jackson Street, Columbia.

Donation:  $10/person or $5/senior.  Donation goes to the church’s Historical Building Fund.    It’s a win-win . . . we get to use the church’s beautiful facilities and they get funds for their upkeep.   Includes dance instruction (by request) and light refreshments.

Music:  Fabulous tunes and vocals by Les Olson.   Les is trained to play music we can dance and practice to, including ballroom, swing, Latin and country music.

Refreshments:  A lovely assortment of sweets and savories are donated by our volunteers and patrons; we always welcome your food donations!

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JUST DANCE

Date:  Sunday, November 20, 2022

Time:  1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Location:  Church of the 49’ers, 11155 Jackson Street, Columbia.

Donation:  $10/person or $5/senior.  Donation goes to the church’s Historical Building Fund.    It’s a win-win . . . we get to use the church’s beautiful facilities and they get funds for their upkeep.   Includes dance instruction (by request) and light refreshments.

Music:  Fabulous tunes and vocals by Les Olson.   Les is trained to play music we can dance and practice to, including ballroom, swing, Latin and country music.

Refreshments:  A lovely assortment of sweets and savories are donated by our volunteers and patrons; we always welcome your food donations!