Wednesday, January 27, 2016

February 6 Conta Dance

Red Crow


Michael Karcher


Red Crow has played for us before; it's always a pleasure to have them back.  They play soaring traditional Celtic and contemporary tunes for West Coast contra dances, and specialize in merging their music with the dancers to create a unity in the hall.

Michael has been having the time of his life calling around the Pacific Northwest over the last few years - including previous practice calling in Port Angeles. When he isn't calling, he's pursuing a PhD in statistics at the University of Washington and dancing in and around Seattle.  



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

Thursday, December 24, 2015

January 2016 Dances

January 2

Joe Michaels and The Powerhouse Band

 The PowerHouse band in September, 2015

January 9

Lindsey Dono and the Gallimafry Band

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

Monday, November 30, 2015

Bob Boardman Memorial Dance

A Contra Dance in Memory of Bob Boardman

also remembering Nancy Vivolo

with music by the Possum Carvers

and caller Carol Piening

 Carol (left) has called for us several times.  She always brings a variety of music and dance to keep everyone joyfully dancing. 

The Possum Carvers from Port Townsend have played for us many times.  It's always nice to dance  to their music. 

This annual memorial benefit raises a significant contribution to Centrum's "Bob Boardman Fiddle Tunes Scholarship Fund", and gives us all a way to remember, honor, and celebrate Bob. All proceeds from this dance will go to this scholarship fund. 

People who would like to call a dance are welcome to do so.

  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.

Monday, November 16, 2015

SPECIAL DANCE!! George Marshall Calling! November 23, 2015


George Marshall


The Syncopaths

NOV 23, 2015.  Dance begins 7pm; intro lesson 6:30.

George Marshall was introduced to square and contra dancing in the early seventies while working as a summer trail crew volunteer in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He quickly became an avid dancer, seeking out dance venues wherever he could find them. While attending college in Amherst,Mass he founded a contra-dance band, Swallowtail, with some fellow students and began calling and playing for dances. Now a full-time musician/caller/dance teacher, George tours nationally throughout the year.  His specialty is teaching and calling the New England-style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. He is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for his smooth, concise teaching and presentation.

The Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions.  They procuce a compelling, rhythmic interplay of fiddle and mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán. The exuberant joy they derive from the music and each other is palpable and contagious.

 JOIN US for this excellent SPECIAL DANCE!

Note the time change: Dance begins at 7pm.

  There is a workshop at 6:30pm.  The dance begins at7:00.  All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

November 7, 2015, Contra Dance



Lindsey Dono

Countercurrent formed officially in 2014, but began over half a decade earlier.  Brian Lindsay and Alex Sturbaum met as freshmen at Oberlin College in 2009, where they bonded immediately over their love of traditional Irish music.  They began playing concerts shortly thereafter, and in 2010 co-founded the wildly successful contra band Gallimaufry, which has toured extensively throughout the Midwest and the East Coast.  When the winds of change blew Alex and Brian to the Pacific Northwest, they decided immediately to begin playing for contra dances as a duo. Combining driving guitar and lyrical fiddle with lush harmony vocals and boundless energy, Countercurrent is a contra dance band with a new, invigorating sound and infectious enthusiasm.

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.  

  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, October 9, 2015

Dances Oct. 10 2015

A reminder that there will be a Contra Dance in Sequim this Saturday
  • Sequim Prairie Grange (Macleay Road off Old Olympic in Agnew)
  • Sat October 10th
  • Workshop 7:00 PM, Dance 7:30
  • Caller: Jeanie Murphy
  • Music by Scott Marckx and Washington Old-Time Fiddlers
  • Suggested donation $5 (16 and under free!)
  • Snacks to share are encouraged
There is a Square Dance and Social in Port Townsend, also this Saturday at Quimper Grange (1219 Corona St., Port Townsend).
  • For more info, call Dave Thielk (360-301-6005) or visit

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

October 3, 2015 dance Laura Smith calls to live music

Join us Oct 3:

Laura Mae Smith 

calls the dances
to music by Sandy Bradley and Kevin Carr

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.

Kevin Carr is from Grants Pass and has been a mainstay of fiddle music  for national and international audiences for many years. He plays dance music of many different idioms. He's paired here with Sandy Bradley on guitar. She's a Seattle area pillar of old time music and dance, and her experience with Kevin spans many years.
There is joy in the clarity of their musical vision, and it propels the dance floor.

 Join us at Black Diamond Grange, 1942 Black Diamond Rd., Port Angeles
Dance begins at 8pm.  Lesson (no extra cost) at 7:30
All other info at