Friday, April 29, 2016

May 7 Dance

Sonya Kaufman

with

Ruthie Dornfeld and Forrest Gibson


Sonya Kaufman is an energetic young caller who has been contra dancing for as long as she can remember. She started calling for contra dances in college, and has been calling regularly for dances throughout the Northwest during the past year. 
Her energy, grace, and warmth shine through in all that she does, and her clear directions will guide you through the trickiest of dances. Sonya is moving to Port Angeles at the end of April to work as a wildland firefighter for Olympic National Park, and is excited to spend the summer in this beautiful place.



We welcome back Ruthie and Forrest, who keep us going with their lively music. 
From Seattle, fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld and guitarist Forrest Gibson merge their New England and Wild West backgrounds to create a dynamic musical team.  Dornfeld, as a 15 year resident of Boston,  was a mainstay of the thriving contra dance scene there; meanwhile Gibson was playing blues guitar in a cabin in the woods in the wilds of Alaska.  They met after both ended up moving to Seattle; musical sparks flew and the result is the no holds barred, full volt style you'll hear at the Contra Dance.
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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, April 20, 2016

Potential Youth Dance Weekend - West! Survey, etc

Good dancers! We'd like your help in designing a Youth Dance Weekend West. Please take the survey below and tell us what you'd like to see at an event intended to empower and facilitate youth leadership and community involvement in our dance community. The event, we hope, will be regional. We need diverse voices to build an inclusive event.
 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13m_RJFE2hI9KKpusY7_CGlSPPeKYd_Wp_JgusAYbkKI/viewform"


Dance on!

Friday, March 25, 2016

April 2, 2016 Contra Dance!

Canote Brothers

and

Marlin Prowell

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.”


And we welcome back, from Seattle, the Canote Brothers, who have a long history of playing at Black Diamond.
You can listen to them for hours at http://www.canote.com/home.php and not get tired of it.

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.



Saturday, February 20, 2016

March 5, 2016 Contra Dance

Laura Mae Smith

 and 

The Possum Carvers

We welcome back Laura Mae Smith, who has been calling since the 1980 (she emphasizes that she has not been calling since the beginning of time).  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.



 The Possum Carvers from Port Townsend have played for us many times.  It's always nice to dance  to their music. They 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.
They enjoy themselves and we enjoy them.

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, January 27, 2016

February 6 Conta Dance

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. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

January 2016 Dances

January 2

Joe Michaels and The Powerhouse Band

video
 The PowerHouse band in September, 2015

January 9

Lindsey Dono and the Gallimafry Band



  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, November 30, 2015

Bob Boardman Memorial Dance

A Contra Dance in Memory of Bob Boardman

also remembering Nancy Vivolo

with music by the Possum Carvers

and caller Carol Piening

 Carol (left) has called for us several times.  She always brings a variety of music and dance to keep everyone joyfully dancing. 

The Possum Carvers from Port Townsend have played for us many times.  It's always nice to dance  to their music. 



This annual memorial benefit raises a significant contribution to Centrum's "Bob Boardman Fiddle Tunes Scholarship Fund", and gives us all a way to remember, honor, and celebrate Bob. All proceeds from this dance will go to this scholarship fund. 

People who would like to call a dance are welcome to do so.

  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.