Sunday, September 17, 2017

Contra Dance, October 7th, 2017

Countercurrent

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

Waxwings




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

and

Michael Karcher

calling



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 
with
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. 


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Contra Dance, Saturday March 4, 2017

Rodney Miller, Marni Rachmiel, and Anita Anderson  

Michael Karcher -Calling


Michael Karcher


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.  


  


Dean of Contra Dance Fiddlers


Rodney Miller was designated a "Master Fiddler" in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals.
 
Rodney grew up in a musical family, and started playing for contra dances in New Hampshire in the 1970s. He is a master of traditional dance fiddling, and a pioneer of fusion -- bringing jazz improvisations to his playing.

He has recorded over a dozen CDs with a wide variety of tunes and sounds. He describes the development of his playing, "What I came up with has been a cornerstone of my fiddle style—playing with the bow off the strings most of the time, punctuating notes only for the briefest time as the melody spins out. I would describe it as a lifting, airy style of playing, as if energy and space is built into the music, helping to propel both the dancers and the listeners."

Now, he has moved his residence from New Hampshire to Port Townsend, and we get to have this illustrious fiddler play for our dance! Don't miss this opportunity to dance with a master and classic contra dance fiddler. Here are links to a few YouTube videos of Rodney: Concert at Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp; with his band Airdance; playing a slow swing tune for a dance; playing a Texas style tune "Snake Charmer"; and finally playing for another contra.

Marni Rachmiel


Mari plays flute and saxophone in numerous bands, including Contra Sutra, The End Effects, the Fremont Philharmonic, and Reverie (all of which can be found on Facebook). Her playing and two of her compositions are  featured on the Reverie Cd "Violet", and album of meditative improvisations on the English Country Dance tunes and originals find it at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/reverie8



Anita Anderson


Anita Anderson plays for the dancers, using her gut-thumping rhythmic sensibilities and glancing familiarity with doo-wop, gospel, Scandinavian, Cape Benton, and jazz back up to keep everyone moving. She barely plays a the same way twice but sometimes she does consult the rest of the band on her innovations. Dancers have her full attention as she tailors her back up to the moves and mood of each 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. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Contra dance, Saturday February 4th, 2017


Jay Finkelstein
With
Full Scale 









Jay Finkelstein comes from the Seattle/Olympia contra dance community where he is active as a caller, musician, and a dancer. He has a good directive calling style conveyed in a clear and calming voice and has a fine appreciation of the relation of tunes and dances. His experience shows.





Full Scale come together from around Washington to bring a traditional New England sound in all it's glory. Yankee Hornpipes, Celtic tunes, and songs from the Shetlands and England. They arrange their music specifically to fit Jay's calling. Laurel Stone is on the fiddle, Phil Katz on the accordion, Shelly Jenkins on the guitar, Dave Goodmanson on the piano, with guest Paul Englesberg on the flute and concertina.











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.