Monday, November 16, 2015

SPECIAL DANCE!! George Marshall Calling! November 23, 2015


George Marshall


The Syncopaths

NOV 23, 2015.  Dance begins 7pm; intro lesson 6:30.

George Marshall was introduced to square and contra dancing in the early seventies while working as a summer trail crew volunteer in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He quickly became an avid dancer, seeking out dance venues wherever he could find them. While attending college in Amherst,Mass he founded a contra-dance band, Swallowtail, with some fellow students and began calling and playing for dances. Now a full-time musician/caller/dance teacher, George tours nationally throughout the year.  His specialty is teaching and calling the New England-style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. He is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for his smooth, concise teaching and presentation.

The Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions.  They procuce a compelling, rhythmic interplay of fiddle and mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán. The exuberant joy they derive from the music and each other is palpable and contagious.

 JOIN US for this excellent SPECIAL DANCE!

Note the time change: Dance begins at 7pm.

  There is a workshop at 6:30pm.  The dance begins at7:00.  All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

November 7, 2015, Contra Dance



Lindsey Dono

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.

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.  

  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, October 9, 2015

Dances Oct. 10 2015

A reminder that there will be a Contra Dance in Sequim this Saturday
  • Sequim Prairie Grange (Macleay Road off Old Olympic in Agnew)
  • Sat October 10th
  • Workshop 7:00 PM, Dance 7:30
  • Caller: Jeanie Murphy
  • Music by Scott Marckx and Washington Old-Time Fiddlers
  • Suggested donation $5 (16 and under free!)
  • Snacks to share are encouraged
There is a Square Dance and Social in Port Townsend, also this Saturday at Quimper Grange (1219 Corona St., Port Townsend).
  • For more info, call Dave Thielk (360-301-6005) or visit

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

October 3, 2015 dance Laura Smith calls to live music

Join us Oct 3:

Laura Mae Smith 

calls the dances
to music by Sandy Bradley and Kevin Carr

Her succinct teaching and quick wit delight dancers near and far, young and old, brand new and experienced.  Equally comfortable with contra dances, English Country dances, and squares, she'll keep your toes tapping and your mouth grinning long after the band goes home.

Kevin Carr is from Grants Pass and has been a mainstay of fiddle music  for national and international audiences for many years. He plays dance music of many different idioms. He's paired here with Sandy Bradley on guitar. She's a Seattle area pillar of old time music and dance, and her experience with Kevin spans many years.
There is joy in the clarity of their musical vision, and it propels the dance floor.

 Join us at Black Diamond Grange, 1942 Black Diamond Rd., Port Angeles
Dance begins at 8pm.  Lesson (no extra cost) at 7:30
All other info at

Monday, September 7, 2015

September 2015 Dance

Thank you to everyone who came to the first dance of the 2015-16 season, and especially to the band and caller.  We stayed later than usual because nobody wanted to leave.

The turnout was excellent, the people were excited, and the band was powerful.  Get ready for our next dance, on 10/3.  More good music and dancing!

Below are videos and photos from the dance

Saturday, August 29, 2015

September 5, 2015 events followed by the Powerhouse Band

 Our first dance of the year will have great music by the Powerhouse Band and calling by David Kaynor, and some exciting and unusual events before the dance.

The Power House Band is an impressive family band (plus friends) led by young Kate Powers.  They take the music and the dancing to a new level.

David Kaynor's bio is interesting and extensive.  He began playing fiddle in 1974. His deep love of this instrument led him into many situations including country-rock bar bands, string bands, and contra dance bands around the Connecticut River Valley and elsewhere. Soon, it led him into teaching, and he's thought of himself as a teacher more than as a performer ever since.
He began calling contra dances in 1980, taking over a little dance at the Guiding Star Grange Hall in Greenfield, Massachusetts which then struggled along for three years before becoming the first really established public dance there in decades. He has also called and/or played at numerous small, out-of-the-way dances and other events around New England.

Before the dance, also on Saturday, 9/5, David will be teaching calling and fiddling.
David is teaching a class to learn how to call contra - from 1-2:30 PM ($10)
He'll also be teaching a fiddle class from 3-5 PM, ($10)

There will be a Pot Luck 5:30 -7PM for everyone to reconnect and get ready for a great dance and a great year.
The into class begins at 7:30, like usual, and our dance will begin at 8.
Please join us.  Looking forward to a great year.
All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.  

Saturday, August 15, 2015

2015-2016 Dance Schedule

The Schedule for `15-`16 is posted
Hands four!  The schedule for the year is online.  It will be an exciting year with a special dance in November.  We're starting off with something POWERful called the Power House Band.

 Before the first dance, on 9/5, from 3pm to 5pm the caller David Kaynor will lead a fiddling workshop for all those who wish to fiddle.  Also before the first dance, on the same day, there will be a potluck at 5:30, providing an opportunity for people to connect after the summer.

Bring a friend and get ready for contra dance!