Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Contra Dance Saturday, November 3rd 2018

Bob Boardman Memorial Dance and Potluck 
Carol Piening
calling to
Possum Carvers 


Join us after 5:30 PM for a lovely potluck and the chance to chat with all the folks you never get enough time with during dance. 



Carol Piening ventures forth from Olympia, Washington, to call dances around the Pacific Northwest. She's been at it for twenty-some years, and likes to get dancers, both experienced and inexperienced, moving and having fun.






The Possum Carvers from Port Townsend have played for us many times.  It's always nice to dance  to their music. They Scott Marckx on fiddle, Jeanie Murphy on banjo, and Chris Cooper on guitar. (Some instrument switching goes on, however.) They have all been playing old-time music for a combination of years that probably comes close to the century mark. They have been known to be hijacked by a certain bunch of contra and French tune-playing folks known as The Glutton-Free Loafers. They look amazingly like Scott, Jeanie, and Chris. They all live in Port Townsend. They enjoy themselves and we enjoy them.

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 his scholarship fund. 

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.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Contra Dance Saturday, October 6, 2018



Susan Michaels


Calling to the tunes of 


Kate Powers,  David Bartley & Fred Nussbaum



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 her  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.



Kate Powers,  Dave Bartley & Fred Nussbaum


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. 

Fred Nussbaum played cello, mandolin, and drums in the Portland Oregon area contra dances for years. Then he retired to Port Townsend, and plays mostly English Country Dance music. 


Dave Bartley plays guitar, mandolin, cittern, and several other stringed instruments. He has played many styles of music over the years and continues to range over several genres. He has performed throughout the US and Canada, and in England, Australia, France and Greece. It is difficult to count the number of bands in which he plays.
Dave has composed over 300 dance tunes. A waltz he wrote and KGB recorded, The Clock Stopped, is used to teach cross-step waltz in much of the U.S. and other parts of the world. A reel he wrote, Vladi on the Trans-Siberian, seems to be popping up at dances and jam sessions all over the place.



Please Note that the Fall Potluck has been postponed to the November Dance... Thanks much and see you soon!

The intro class begins at 7:30, like usual, and our dance will begin at 8.


All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.  

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Saturday, Sept. 1st, 2018 Abigail Hobart and The Electrodes



Abigail Hobart calling to The Electrodes


Abigail Hobart hails from Bellingham Wa. though she considers parts of New England to be home as well. 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!

The Electrodes are Joe Bowbeer on the electric 5 string fiddle, Marcy Kubbs on piano, and Joe Michaels on guitar. They play an exciting mix of Celtic, Appalachian, and original tunes. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Contra Dance, June 2nd 2018

Michael Karcher
calling to
David Bartley and Brandon Vance




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.





Internationally acclaimed Scottish fiddler and violinist, Brandon Vance,  is the recipient of Scotland's 2017 Royal National Mòd "Sutherland Cup" in Scottish Fiddle, as well as being the youngest to win the U.S. National Open Scottish Fiddling Championship in both 1999 and 2001. 


With a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, one of the continent's most distinguished conservatories,  Vance performs with Seattle-based Pacific Music Works, Early Music Vancouver, Northwest Sinfonietta, mandolinist John Reischman, vocalist Nadia Tarnawsky, Alex Fedoriouk, uilleann piper Eliot Grasso, and composer Stephen Rice.

He will be slinging tunes with the always lovely David Bartley who joined us earlier this year. The duo will surely bring fun tunes that will keep your feet flying all night long.


This is our last Contra dance till September so come on down and get your dance on!


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, April 13, 2018

Contra dance, Saturday May 5th 2018

Susan Michaels 
Calling to
Red Crow


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.





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.






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. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Contra Dance, Saturday April 7th, 2018

Carol Piening

calling to 

Country Capers






Carol Piening ventures forth from Olympia, Washington, to call dances around the Pacific Northwest. She's been at it for twenty-some years, and likes to get dancers, both experienced and inexperienced, moving and having fun.





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.







  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.







Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Contra Dance, Saturday March 3rd, 2018

Marlin Prowell 

calling to 

Chandra Johnson & Friends





We welcome back Marlin Prowell, a well known caller from Bellingham. “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.”








Chandra Johnson is a local musician who has been dancing in our halls for many many years, she is currently playing in a couple local bands, and will have friends joining to create an awesome musical dynamic sure to keep your feet flying.





  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.