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.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Contra dance, Saturday January 6th 2018

Lindsey Dono 

calling to 

Brian Lindsay & David Bartley




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.







Brian Lindsay comes has been immersed in music most his life and comes from one our favorite bands: Countercurrents, he will be joined by David Bartley to sling so crazy fun tunes sure to keep your feet flying.






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 US 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.


  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.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Special Contra Dance November 14th, 2017

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, 2017

Heliotrope

Playing to

Tom Wimmer

Calling




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

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.