Jeffrey Spero’s Contradance Website
featuring “California Twirls”
 
 
In an attempt to keep the reference section of “(southern) California Twirls” current, the information has been magically been transported from the hard copy of the book to this webpage.  However, this concept has been known to fail on occasion.  So here’s the usual disclaimer: Any information on this page may be outdated or just flat out wrong.  Please check with the local dance communities websites (included herein) before embarking on a voyage to any dance listed here.  We take no responsibility blah, blah, blah.  If you’d like to submit updated information, please email me.
 
This page was updated 2/6/10.
 
 
 
Schedule of Dances
 
San Diego
 
SDFH Dance Hotline: (619) 283-8550
Email: SDFH
When: 1st, 3rd, 5th Fridays; 2nd, 4th Saturdays; 8 - 11 pm, instruction at 7:30 pm
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 3030 Thorn Street, San Diego
Admission: $7; higher for visiting artists
Callers: Local callers
Music by: Local bands
The Saturday dances are preceded by a potluck at 6:30.
 
 
 
Orange County
 
6 Shooting Star
Irvine, CA 92604
Admission: $8; local residents $7; members $6; children under 18 free with paid adult
 
When: 4th Saturdays, 8 - 11 pm, instruction at 7:30 pm
Where: Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center Street, Anaheim
Callers: Regional callers
Music by: Regional bands
Contact: Rich DiMarco at (714) 894-4113
 
 
Los Angeles
 
CDC Hotline: (626) 205-2044
 
When: 1st Saturdays, 8 - 11 pm, instruction at 7:30 pm
Where: Brentwood Youth House, 731 S. Bundy Drive, Brentwood
Admission: $10; Students with ID $7; Children under 12 $4; higher for visiting artists
Callers: Jeffrey Spero and guests
Music by: Local and regional bands
Contact: Beata at (310) 621-8538
 
When: 1st Sundays, 4 - 7 pm, instruction at 3:30 pm
Where: All Saints Episcopal Church, 3847 Terracina Drive, Riverside
Admission: $9; students with ID $7; higher for visiting artists
Callers: Local and regional callers
Music by: Local and regional bands
Contact: Caitlin St. John at (951) 522-2473
 
When: 2nd Saturdays, 8 - 11 pm, instruction at 7:30 pm
Where: Masonic Temple, 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre
Admission: $10; students with ID $7; higher for visiting artists
Callers: Local and regional callers
Music by: Local and regional bands
Contact: Frann Marr at (626) 303-1136
 
When: 2nd Sundays, 4 - 7 pm, instruction at 3:30 pm
Where: Veteran's Hall, 1550 Bonita Avenue, La Verne
Admission: $8; students and children $4; higher for visiting artists
Callers: Local and regional callers
Music by: Contradictions, Open Band and guests
Contact: Kirk Visscher at (951) 897-2191
 
When: 3rd Fridays, 8 - 11 pm, instruction at 7:30 pm
Where: War Memorial Hall, 435 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadena
Admission: $10; students with ID $7; higher for visiting artists
Caller: Local and regional callers
Music by: Local and regional bands
Contact: Marie Bruno at (626) 284-2394
 
When: 3rd Saturdays, 8 - 11 pm, instruction at 7:30 pm
Where: Woman’s Club of South Pasadena, 1424 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena
Admission: $10; students with ID $7; under age 18 free; $1 off for those who come for the beginners' session; higher for visiting artists
Caller: John Rogers and guests
Music by: Local and regional bands
Contact: John at (626) 303-4269
 
When: 4th Saturdays, 8 - 11 pm, instruction at 7:30 pm
Where: Brentwood Youth House, 731 S. Bundy Drive, Brentwood
Admission: $10; students with ID $7; higher for visiting artists
Callers: Local and regional callers
Music by: Local and regional bands
Contact: Steve Lewis at (661) 255-2149
 
When: 5th Saturdays, 7 - 11 pm
Where: Skandia Hall, 2031 E. Villa, Pasadena
Admission: $15; higher for visiting artists
Callers: Susan Michaels and guests
Music by: Local and regional bands
Contact: Michael Baird at (818) 929-7781
 
 
 
 
Special events in the Los Angeles area:
 
When: First weekend in March (approx.)
Where: Pasadena Masonic Temple
Regional and out-of-town caller and musicians
Contact: Frann Marr at (626) 303-1136
 
When: Labor Day Weekend
Where: Julian, California
Regional and out-of-town caller and musicians
 
When: Early April
Where: Harwood Lodge, Mt. Baldy
Regional and out-of-town caller and musicians
Contacts: Lynn Ricketts at (714) 541-1515
 
When: Weekend in June closest to solstice
Where: Under consideration
Regional and out-of-town callers and musicians
Contact: CTMS at (818) 817-7756
 
 
 
Ojai
 
Sponsored by the Ojai Art Center
Produced by Karin Dron
 
When: 7:30 - 10:30 pm, instruction at 7 pm
Where: Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery Street, Ojai
Admission: $9; Art Center members $8; Teens $5
Callers: Regional callers
Music by: Regional bands
Contacts: Karin at (805) 933-0660
 
Dances are held on an irregular basis. Please contact Karin or consult web page for schedule.
 
 
 
Santa Barbara
 
P.O. Box 21904
Santa Barbara, CA 93121-1904
SBCDS Hotline: (805) 682-1877
email: SBCDS
 
When: Every Sunday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, instruction at 6:10 pm
Where: Carrillo Ballroom, 100 E. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara
Admission: $8; ages 13-17 $4; 12 and under free; 5th Sunday zesty dances $9
Callers: Local and regional callers
Music by: Local and regional bands
 
 
Special SBCDS events:
 
When: Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, 2 - 10 pm
Where: Carrillo Ballroom, 100 E. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara
Local and regional callers and bands
 
When: Weekend in September closest to equinox
Where: Carrillo Ballroom
Regional and out-of-town callers and musicians
 
 
 
San Luis Obispo
 
P.O. Box 13546
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
email: CCCDS
 
When: 2nd Saturdays, 7:30 - 10:30 pm, instruction at 7:00 pm
Where: Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana Street, San Luis Obispo
Admission: $9, Members $8; Ages 16 and under free
Callers: Regional callers
Music by: Regional bands
 
 
Special CCCDS event:
 
When: Martin Luther King Day weekend
Where and when: Veterans' Memorial Building, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo
Regional and out-of-town callers and musicians