Monday, April 15, 2019

Potluck and Contra Dance, Saturday May 4th, 2019

Michael Karcher

Callling to the 

Country Capers


Join us at 5:30pm at the Black Diamond dance hall, to enjoy good food and plenty of time to get all the socializing you wished you had more time for at every dance. Second to last dance till fall so come out and celebrate each other's company. Otherwise the dance starts with a class at 7 pm, and flies into full swing at 7:30.


Also stay tuned for an afternoon fiddle class before the potluck. 





Michael Karcher hails from Seattle and has been having the time of his life calling around the Pacific Northwest over the last few years - including calling at the infamous Northwest Folklife Festival and other contra camps. When wasn't isn't calling, he was pursuing a PhD in statistics at the University of Washington and dancing in and around Seattle.




Country Capers, hailing from Poulsbo Washington, Have been playing together for over three decades now. They come to us bringing tunes with wings of both modern and ancient notes of Scottish and Irish music as well as Norwegian and sweetish influences as well. Their music is sure to inspire us to dance. The band is made up of duo Jane Landstra & Ken Embrey on fiddles, guitar, concertina, and piano.





  There is a workshop at 7:00pm.  The dance begins at 7:30.  All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.


Contra Dance, Saturday April 2nd 2019

Marlin Prowell

Calling to the

Country Capers


Marlin Prowell from Bellingham, Washington. He has been calling for dances and camps in the Pacific Northwest and around the country for twenty five years including Slugs at Sunrise, Portland Raindance, Dancing Fool and the West coast's first ever Techno Contra.

His understated, smooth, and competent style inspires a sense of ease and comfort among dancers. Marlin’s ability to match the dances with the music doubles the enjoyment of both.  Above all, he brings a sense of playfulness to the dance that makes for a fun event for all.

“Marlin has an easy-going way of teaching so that your feet know what to do before your mind has time to worry about it. If you’ve never danced a step in your life, follow the caller’s instructions and you’ll be smiling and swinging in minutes.”

Country Capers, hailing from Poulsbo Washington, Have been playing together for over three decades now. They come to us bringing tunes with wings of both modern and ancient notes of Scottish and Irish music as well as Norwegian and sweetish influences as well. Their music is sure to inspire us to dance. The band is made up of duo Jane Landstra & Ken Embrey on fiddles, guitar, concertina, and piano, or trio with David Denz on wooden flute and cittern, and Irish exilian bagpipes.




Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Contra Dance Saturday March 2nd, 2019

Michael Karcher
calling to
Potent Brew

Note starting times!: Workshop starts at 7:00pm, Dance is 7:30 - 10:30.




Michael Karcher has been having the time of his life calling around the Pacific Northwest and beyond since 2011. He has honed a warm and concise style of teaching and calling to delight dancers across North America.








Potent Brew is a wonderful band made up of members: David Bartley, George Paul, and Brandon Vance. This trio will be bringing a fun set of tunes sure to keep your feet flying though the night.






  There is a workshop at 7:00pm.  The dance begins at 7:30.  All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website. Hey 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

February 2, 2019 Contra Dance

Joe Michaels calls with Kate Powers and David Rivers playing

Kate Powers was first introduced to the violin through a scholarship from the Washington Old-Time Fiddlers in 2010. Some of her most recent paths include becoming part of the PC College Jazz Ensemble. Kate enjoys composing and writes much of the music she plays. She teaches herself fiddle and also takes Classical lessons with Ronald Patterson in Seattle. 

David Rivers has been playing guitar with Kate at our dance for several years. He studied at Berkeley School of Music and developed stunning guitar skills to keep dancers' feet moving with joy.

Joe Michaels has called at numerous dances, parties, and classes throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, and Canada.
He particularly enjoys seeing people who have never participated before, dancing within a couple of minutes. He is always happy to discuss the fellowship and community building aspects of traditional dance.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Contra Dance Saturday January 5th 2019!!!

Lindsey Dono
Calling to
Countercurrents


A Massachusetts transplant, Lindsey Dono began dancing in high school and calling in college. With her calm teaching, careful programming, and sunny demeanor, she can coax even the most skittish beginner onto the dance floor. Lindsey also leads workshops for intermediate and advanced dancers that focus on safety, creativity, and community. When not involved with contra, Lindsey conducts immunology research, practices lindy hop, and crews on a racing yacht.





Countercurrent is a contra band from Western Washington made up of two band members: Alex Sturbaum and Brian Lindsey who've both been immersed in music most their lives. Their energetic music will have your feet flying in moments. This winter the two have be on tour in the Bay Area after creating an awesome album successfully funded by Kickstarter.








  There is a workshop at 7:30pm.  The dance begins at 8:00.  All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Contra Dance, Saturday December 1st 2018

Laura Mé Smith
calling to
The Goldengems



Laura Mé Smith, has been calling since the 1980s (she emphasizes that she has not been calling since the beginning of time) Her succinct teaching and quick wit delight dancers near and far, young and old, brand new and experienced. Equally comfortable with contra dances, English Country dances, and squares, she'll keep your toes tapping and your mouth grinning long after the band goes home. 






The Goldengems
find friendship through the music they share and a common love of beautiful, melodic, rhythmically interesting tunes. Their repertoire comes from a wide range of old and new music traditions including Old Time, Scandinavian, French Canadian, and the British Isles. They focus on harmony and twin fiddling (Channing Showalter and Annie Schermer) with rich and supportive rhythms on cello (Clea Taylor) and driving guitar (Sam Vogt). The 5 string banjo and melodica are also known to make appearances from time to time. The Goldengems are based in Northwest Washington and are named after a lovely golden apple.

There is a workshop at 7:30pm.  The dance begins at 8:00.  All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Special Dance with George Marshall -- Tuesday Nov. 13, 2018

Special Dance, Special Time 6:30 - 10:00 pm. The usual place: Black Diamond Community Hall

George Marshall is a full-time musician, caller and dance teacher from Massachusetts, touring nationally year-round. His specialty is teaching and calling the New England-style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. George is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for his smooth, concise teaching and presentation.


George always travels with a fantastic band. This year it is Buddy System -- they play acoustic and electronic music for contra dances, techno contras, concerts, and festivals. Noah VanNorstrand (fiddle, mandolin, foot percussion) and Julie Vallimont (piano, accordion, jawharp) have taken the country by storm since they started performing together in 2014. They've played for dancers in more than twenty states, at some of the biggest dance festivals in the country.