Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wall Street Journal online video/article

Contra Dancing Hits The Big-Time in NYC

Can you believe it? Contra dancing in New York City and the Wall Street Journal. It's a great 2 minute video, check it out!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

April 4, 2015 contra to the Counter Currents and Eric Curl's calling

Caller Eric Curl comes to Black Diamond with the Countercurrents band

Black Diamond Contra Dance, April 2015

Eric started calling in 1996 and called in California and Colorado before moving Seattle in 2006. A mechanical engineer working for Boeing, he now enjoys calling in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia on a semi-regular basis. In his spare time, he likes to hike, snowshoe, camp, visit friends and family, play music, and of course, dance and call. 


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.

  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, February 27, 2015

March 7, 2015 Contra to Scott and Jeanie

Black Diamond Contra Dance, March 2015

Linnaea Chapman calls to music by Scott and Jeanie


Linnaea grew up barn dancing in Upstate NY and became an avid contra dancer during her time in college near Utica, NY. She started calling five years ago in Syracuse, NY before moving to Seattle. With support and encouragement from many people in the dance community, she has had the opportunity to call in WA, OR, BC, VT, and NY. She has a healthy appreciation for traditional dances, which she learned in the North East, as well as a love of fun and interesting ones. This leads to a unique mix of new and old styles. Linnaea picks dances that she has enjoyed dancing herself and are accessible to beginners while still entertaining for experienced dancers.

The Possum Carvers consist of 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.


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, January 12, 2015

February 7, 2015: Contra to the Rosewind Band


Black Diamond Contra Dance, February 2015
Rosewind Band with Marlin Prowell calling 

The Rosewind Country Dance Band has been playing for Contra Dances and
English Country Dances in Port Townsend for about 5 years.  Melodies are
carried by the strong twin fiddling of Libby Schnick and Dan Post; with Marsha
Wiener carrying the rhythm on piano, Libby Reid on mandolin and guitar, and Ken Thompson.  Fred Nussbaum does a little of everything on  cello and mandolin.

Dances will be taught and called by 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.”

We're happy to welcome Marlin back.

Join us at Black Diamond Hall (1942 Black Diamond Rd.)
There is a workshop at 7:30. The dance starts at 8pm.  All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Jan. 3, 2015. Dance with The Power House Band.

Black Diamond Contra Dance, January 2015

Power House Band with Lindsey Dono calling

The caller Lindsey Dono brings us another night of fun to start of the New Year.
And the Power House Band will blow you away! You gotta be good to live up to a name like that, and these kids do it with style. Led by the powerful 14 year old fiddler Kate Powers, and backed up by her siblings and friends, this is an up-and-coming local band. Kate already plays in the first violin section in the Port Angeles symphony, and can fiddle up a storm. She plays a variety of dance music from Old Time to ragtime to a Venezuelan waltz that will amaze you. The Power House band has a big strong sound, and a huge appetite for new tunes and variations to keep the evening interesting. 



A Massachusetts transplant, caller 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.

She called for us last January, and we are happy to welcome her back.





Remember,there is a workshop at 7:30. All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 6, 2014 Dance with The Fixations and Tony Mates


The"Fixations" played a great dance for us in 2012, and now after a year of Cathie's recovery from rotator-cuff injuries, we finally get them back (intact)! They're famous for their incredibly tight and compelling dance music, their rampant enthusiasm, and their international credentials. Featured at major contra dance camps and festivals in the country over the past 35+ years, their joy infects the entire dance floor, offering both new dancers and long-time pros a blissful night of fun. Laurie Andres has long been sought out to perform on accordion and teach music and dance because his phrasing is impeccably wedded to the dance. Sandy Bradley is a master guitar player, caller, and long-time host of the beloved radio program “Potluck”. Cathie Whitesides’s Irish fiddle expertise was a quick fit with the New England-style contra tunes. Cathie, Sandy and Laurie met in 1980 and the musical chemistry caught fire.
Tony Mates  is one of our favorite guest callers from the Seattle area. He returns with this band because he likes their music so much.
(You will too).

Remember, he'll give a workshop at 7:30. All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.