Event Category: Special Event

Join us for an ALL-INCLUSIVE weekend of dancing and music at beautiful Camp Cedar Glen in the mountains near the historic town of Julian, east of San Diego, California! Arrive, park, relax and enjoy! No hotels, no restaurants . . . just clean mountain air and starry nights . . .

Boxing Day Contra Dance Thursday Dec 26, 4-7:00 Please come join our annual Boxing Day Contra Dance. This is a great opportunity to share Contra with your family, friends, and out of town guests who you’ve been telling about dancing but were too shy to go without you. The lesson starts at 3:30 and dancing goes from 4 to 7. We’ll have a potluck snack table set up all afternoon, so bring those extra holiday treats you have hanging around the house to share with friends. This year Jacqui Grennan will be calling your favorite dances. Jacqui GrennanA fixture in the Los Angeles contra dance community since 2010. She calls paying special attention to transitions, connectedness and timing. Jacqui currently calls at contra dances around the nation and in her home community of Los Angeles, CA. Jacqui produced and organized the 3rd Saturday contra dance series held at the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena, CA, from 2014 to 2016.http://www.jacquigrennan.com   Force for Nature, (Jeff Spiro on Keyboard, Ashley Broder on Mandolin, Audrey Knuth on Fiddle) will fill the stage with music to move your feet and heart. Ashley BroderAshley’s myriad talents and musical accomplishments defy easy description or classification. Fluent on mandolin (both acoustic and electric), violin, and cello, Ashley crafts melodies, sonic textures and haunting harmonies that distinguish her works easily from the norm. Her original compositions draw inspiration from an eclectic range of genres, including folk, jazz, classical, pop, and rock. www.ashbroder.com Audrey Knuth Audrey has made a name for herself in the music community as a dance fiddler specializing in Contra, English dance, New England, Celtic, and Old Time tunes, and as an audio engineer. With her bands, The Free Raisins, The Gaslight Tinkers, Audacious (with Larry Unger) and Wake Up Robin, she has traveled across the US and Europe, playing for dances and concerts. She’s equally adept at teaching workshops, and has been on staff at various camps including CDSS English week at Pinewoods, Ashokan Northern Week, BACDS American week, and Halsway Manor. Audrey’s fiddle playing is rhythmically lively and spontaneous; she’s guaranteed to get you up and dancing.http://www.audreyknuth.com Jeff SperoJeff is one of the premiere dance pianists of the nation. Known for his energetic style and creative arrangements, Jeff has brought his talents to dances and festivals throughout the nation. He is an energetic and creative dance pianist as well as a contra dance caller based southern California. Jeff is a core member of Contra and English Country dance bands including The Syncopaths, Rhythm Raptors, Chopped Liver, and Jax.http://www.jeffreyspero.com/   The event is FREE! *Donations will gratefully be received for the band and caller. The dance takes place on the stage of the Haugh Performing Arts Center on the campus of Citrus College in Glendora. Take the 210 freeway to Glendora (between the 605 and the 57) off at Citrus Ave, head north about a mile. Go past the main entrance and turn into the Arts Center parking lot and follow the signs to the stage door.

Our annual Fiddling Frog Dance Festival will be held once again in Pasadena, CA in February/March 2020! Registration opens on October 7, 2019. Check out the Fiddling Frog page for detailed information. Wake Up Robin         Uncle Farmer         Frannie Marr               Lindsey Dono             Noah Grunzweig

Join Culver City English Country Dance on October 3, 2020 for a special VIRTUAL celebration of the first 20 years of Playford-to-the-Present balls! Share memories, photos, and dances with live music. Free, but registration is required. Visit our P2P ball page or the CCECD website for details.

Dear Fiddling Frog Friends: As it should come as no surprise to anyone, we have to cancel our dance weekend for February 2021 due to the uncertainties related to the coronavirus. We can’t wait to dance but we want to wait until it’s safer. At this time, we are hopeful for Fiddling Frog 2022 which will be the weekend of February 25-27, 2022. We are in touch with our musicians, callers, and sound person and we are happy that we will have the same line up of The Dam Beavers, Root System, Gaye and Jeremy who we meant to have in 2021. As a special event we are planning a wonderful concert with our fabulous local talent to be held Saturday afternoon February 27, 2021.  We’ll be in touch with more details. In the meantime, there are a number of dance, music and workshops events happening online, mostly on Zoom and Facebook Live. If you would like to stay connected with the dance community and attend some of these events, please check out the CDSS online events calendar at www.cdss.org. Please take care of yourselves and we look forward to seeing you again!— See you on the dance floor! Frannie Marr & Jacqui Grennan Fiddling Frog 2021 organizers

We’ve searched to the ends of southern California and gathered together Audrey Knuth and Ashley Hoyer from Root System and added in Ness Smith-Savedoff from the Dam Beavers. We put them together with LA’s own Jeff Spero to form a Frog band called Rosie and the Ribbiters.  They’ll be playing a special live 90 minute concert on Z00M and Facebook on Saturday February 27 beginning at 2 p.m. P/3 p.m. Mt/4 p.m. C/5 p.m. E. You must PREREGISTER to get your own individual link to the concert. This link can not be shared so be sure to register yourself.   To preregister to be in the online room click on the link here:  https://contradance.link/Frog2021. A link to the Facebook live event will be provided prior to the event.  This event is free but we will have a shared tip jar to help support our underemployed staff.  Feel free to donate to the tip jar  even if you can’t attend the concert.   ** Tip Jar Information **  Paypal.  http://paypal.me/JeffreySpero   or Venmo: @Jeffrey-Spero-2

Culver City English Country Dance (CCECD) is thrilled to present our 2021 Southern California English Country Dance Ball on Saturday, October 9, 2021! Featuring local dance leaders James Hutson and Renée Camus, and live music by Force For Nature: Audrey Knuth, Ashley Hoyer, and Jeffrey Spero. *Proof of vaccination and masks required.* Visit our P2P ball page or the CCECD website for details.