Saturday, November 11, 2017

Special Contra Dance November 14th

Marlin Prowell 

will be calling to:

Pete's Posse

Unfortunately George Marshall will not be calling our special November the 14th dance due to some health concerns. Instead we have a local favorite Marlin Prowell of Bellingham who will join us to call for this magnificent band.

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.”

Vermont’s own traditional roots power trio, Pete’s Posse, is composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo, melodica and vocals), his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, viola, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals) and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, foot percussion and vocals). Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jawharp and rocking keyboards adding their voices to the mix. Songs and tunes, old and new, lyrical and driving: that’s the multi-generational heart and mind of PETE’S POSSE, at work and at play.

Pete's Posse is three generations of musicians who have come together to create their own electrifying sound they call "multi-generational roots music." In 2013 Pete and Oliver building on a long-time mentor/mentee partnership, asked Tristan to join them to play a contradance, and a match was struck! Gig by gig their chemistry grew and the Posse quickly developed a reputation for being innovative, driving, sought-after, can't-keep-your-feet-still power trio.

Join us at 6:30 to learn how to contra, then full tilt boogie goes all the way till 10:00pm check our contact page to get the address for Black Diamond Community Grange.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Contra Dance, Saturday November 4th


Playing to

Tom Wimmer


Fluid melodies, stylish harmonies, driving rhythms, and musical surprises, Heliotrope provides a distinctive plans of modern and traditional contra dance music. A unique and eclectic mixture of tunes from a wide range of sources. 

Heliotrope thrives on dancers leaving with happy and tired feet, a satisfying music experience and a hearing for more.

Tom Wimmer, who runs dances in Seattle at Phinney Hill, will call the dance. He believes that if you enjoy music you can enjoy dancing. He'll bring newcomers up to speed with the basics and promises enjoyment for the most experienced dancers as well. 

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. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Contra Dance, October 7th, 2017


Playing to 

Susan Michaels

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 will be on tour in the Bay Area and launching a Kickstarter to fund an awesome album.

Susan Michaels has been calling squares, contras, and family dances for more then 30 years, building community, facilitating joy, and just plain having fun.  Susan believes it is in calling in life to teach people how to hold hands in a circle and move to music.  She loves all kinds of choreography… but specializes in dance with drive and flow that hold on to the roots of barn dancing but take off in new directions.  Susan brings  her special brand of dry quirky humor with her to every dance event and has a unique gift for making newcomers, 2 left-footers, and shy persons blossom through dance.

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. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Contra Dance, Saturday September 2nd, 2017

Kate Powers & David Rivers

Play to the calls of

Abigail Hobart

Kate Powers is a local favorite who lights up our dance floor with fantastic fiddle tunes, combined with David Rivers on guitar the duo are sure to keep your feet flying.

Abigail Hobart hails from Bellingham Wa. though considers parts of New England to be home as well. A beginning caller, Abigail has been a dancer, fiddle player and organizer of sorts since childhood and brings a deep love of the tradition, personal warmth and joie de vivre to her calling and interactions both on and off the dance floor. Check out the article in the Sequim Gazette for the story of how she got started -- calling contras at a punk rock dance.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Contra Dance, Saturday June 3rd, 2017

 Emma Anderson 

calling to


Emma Anderson started calling in the Midwest, but has since enjoyed calling in the northwest for the past couple years. When she is not calling she teaches computer science to high schoolers, and plays fiddle in a Scandinavian folk band. 

Waxwings is fun northwest band with Alex Sturbaum also a member from local favorite: Countercurrent. They are sure to have your feet going wether you are on the dance floor or just observing, get ready for some awesome tunes. 

 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. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Contra Dance, Saturday May 6th, 2017

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. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Contra Dance, Saturday April 1st

Laura Mé Smith  Calling 
Sandy Bradley and Lindon Toney

Laura Mé has been calling since the 80s, her succinct teaching and quick wit delight dancers near and far. both those new to dancing and those with  many years under their feet. She is equally component in calling English Country dances and squares as well. Laura Mé is a joy to have returning to our dance again this year, we are sure you will enjoy the fun dances she will be bringing with her. When she isn't calling dances she designs theatrical costumes. 

Sandy Bradley is a terrific person with many years in the contra and folk music scene including hosting the "Sandy Bradley Potluck" on NPR, her fun and spunky personality and passion for music is reflected in her guitar playing as she easily accompanies any one around her. Paired with Lindon Toney their music will keep you on your toes all night long.

 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.