Sunday, March 2, 2014

April 5, 2014 Dance features French-Canadian band: La Famille Leger

Irresistible music from Quebec for April dance!

Saturday, April 5, 2104. Teaching begins at 7:30 pm, dance 8:00 - 11:00. Requested donation $8 adult, $4 under 18. In the Black Diamond Community Hall, Port Angeles.

Our perennial favorite family band always rocks the house! Here's a YouTube video of just half their band, and I bet you can't sit still listening to them :-) (Devon and Dejah)

“Born of a time when family and friends would gather in the warmth of the kitchens of Québec and New Brunswick to play and dance time-honoured tunes together, La Famille Léger keeps that rich tradition vitally alive. The Légers play the dancing music of French Canada - the music handed down through generations in the New World, the music of back porches and kitchen parties. Patriarch Louis Léger leads the band on the one-row melodeon (a type of button accordion), son Devon plays fiddle, Devon's mom Barbara plays guitar and his wife, Dejah is on piano. This proudly "old school" family band will have your own family dancing and joining in on the fun”


Eric Curl from Seattle is our caller for this dance. Eric started calling in 1996 in California and Colorado before moving Seattle in 2007. He works for Boeing as a mechanical engineer, and is now in demand to call dances in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Eric calls smooth-flowing dances that keep dancers of all abilities moving.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

March 1, 2014 Dance with Fresh Cider and Woody Lane

Contra & Square Dance with Fresh Cider and Woody Lane

Fresh Cider is a long-standing band in Seattle. They played for us last year, and are back again! 


Woody Lane A caller for more than 25 years, Woody Lane is known for his smooth contras, fast squares, and superb programming. His teaching style is clear and concise. Also an accomplished clogger, he often accompanies the band as a foot percussionist, raising the energy level on the dance floor to wonderful heights. Woody has brought his exciting brand of calling to dances from Alaska to Florida to Boston, and he has a growing reputation throughout the country. A veteran of many calling tours around the U.S., he has also been on staff at numerous dance weekends, including camps in Montana, Oregon, New Mexico, Alaska, Kentucky, and the 2008 National Folk Festival in Butte, Montana. Woody lives in Roseburg, Oregon, in the beautiful southwest corner of the state.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Feb. 1, 2014 dance with the Rose Street Ramblers

Rose St. Ramblers play, with Tom & Amy Wimmer calling

Come to our monthly dance at the Black Diamond Community Hall! Saturday, Feb. 1st, 2014!

The Rose Street Ramblers from Port Townsend keep the kinetic energy of the dance hall elevated with their driving southern dance tunes. The band includes Becky Evasick on fiddle, Dave Thielk on banjo, Carol Hardy on guitar, and Lori Bernstein on bass.  Collectively, the band has over 60 years of contra and square dance band experience! They are actively engaged in promoting old time music and dance, and play regularly for community dances, private parties and house dances.


Tom Wimmer is a mainstay of the Seattle dance scene. He's been calling contras for many years, and with his wife Amy he organizes the weekly dance at Phinney Ridge. He strives to create a program tailored to the dancers' skills and tastes, always with fun, interesting dances. Amy and Tom take a break from their usual tasks of herding chickens and project managers to do something more fruitful, like calling a dance.  (Oh, and Amy promises to put down her knitting needles for the evening as well.)  They have been dancing for a long time, and calling for a few years less than that.  

Tom will teach a workshop on the basics at 7:30. Come early for an introduction to community dancing. Then the band kicks in from 8:00 to 11:00pm. 

Admission is by donation, suggested $8 per adult, $4 for 12-18 year olds. But no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Dance is at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Rd., Port Angeles, WA 98362. You do not need to come with a partner. Dress is casual, come as you are.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Jan. 4th 2014 dance with Black Diamond Fiddle Club

Black Diamond Fiddle Club plays with Lindsey Dono calling

The January dance is always delightful, with lots of our dispersed friends coming home for the holidays! Come enjoy a warm community gathering, with music by our own local band, the Black Diamond Fiddle Club.

And give a warm Port Angeles welcome to caller Lindsey Dono from Tacoma, in her first time calling for us.
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.

Friday, November 29, 2013

December 7th, 2013 Contra Dance

December 7 2013 with Red Crow Band playing and Michael    Karcher calling


We had Red Crow play for our dance last June. Everybody loved them, and they loved playing for us SO MUCH, we are having them back in December. They specialize in merging their music with the dancers to create unity in the hall.

Michael called for our September dance this year, and everyone loved his calling, so we had to have him back. When he isn't calling, he's pursuing a PhD in statistics at the University of Washington and dancing in and around Seattle.

 (Remember, he'll do a free workshop at7:30)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 18th 2013 SPECIAL DANCE!

This is a DESTINATION DANCE! People should be coming from 100 miles away to dance with George Marshall and Perpetual Emotion!

This dance is on Monday, Nov. 18th, 2013, at 6:30pm (because it's a weekday, and you'll be wanting to get up for work or school the next morning). This quality of music and calling comes with a special price (suggested donation: $10 adult, $8 seniors/teens, $5 kids); they are worth it (you get what you pay for!)

See our special page for details about these super-star musicians and caller.


November 2013 Dance with Ruthie Dornfield and Forest Gibson


Greetings DancersBlack Diamond Contra Dance, Saturday November 2nd .  
 
Ruthie Dornfeld and Forrest Gibson will play, with Marlin Prowell calling.
 
Workshop will start at 7:30, Dance at 8:00
Black Diamond Community Hall (1942 Black Diamond Rd, Port Angeles - 2 miles up from Pine St.)
 
Requested Donation for the dance: adults: $7+, kids: $3+ (or bring equivalent in goodies to share at break) 

We are fortunate to have the famous Ruthie Dornfeld here for her first time at Black Diamond Hall.  Now in Seattle, she has performed all over the world for thirty years.  She is fluent in a wide range of styles, from Celtic and old-time to Scandinavian and Eastern European.  Her 15 years in New England included playing for more contra dances than she can count.  Forest Gibson will join her on guitar.

Marlin Prowell called a very fun dance for us a couple years ago. 


From Bellingham, he has been calling dances in the Pacific Northwest and around the country for twenty five years. His smooth, and competent style inspires a sense of comfort among dancers. Matching the dances with the music and his sense of playfulness makes it fun for all.