Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 6, 2014 Dance with The Fixations and Tony Mates

The"Fixations" played a great dance for us in 2012, and now after a year of Cathie's recovery from rotator-cuff injuries, we finally get them back (intact)! They're famous for their incredibly tight and compelling dance music, their rampant enthusiasm, and their international credentials. Featured at major contra dance camps and festivals in the country over the past 35+ years, their joy infects the entire dance floor, offering both new dancers and long-time pros a blissful night of fun. Laurie Andres has long been sought out to perform on accordion and teach music and dance because his phrasing is impeccably wedded to the dance. Sandy Bradley is a master guitar player, caller, and long-time host of the beloved radio program “Potluck”. Cathie Whitesides’s Irish fiddle expertise was a quick fit with the New England-style contra tunes. Cathie, Sandy and Laurie met in 1980 and the musical chemistry caught fire.
Tony Mates  is one of our favorite guest callers from the Seattle area. He returns with this band because he likes their music so much.
(You will too).

Remember, he'll give a workshop at 7:30. All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October 4, 2014 Dance with Vivian & Phil Williams

Vivian & Phil Williams play for dance Saturday, Oct. 2nd

Vivian and Phil Williams play the hoedowns, reels, waltzes, dance tunes, and songs that came to the Pacific Northwest with the pioneers over the Oregon Trail, and later immigrants. This dynamic, foot stomping music is played on acoustic instruments - fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin - as it was in the old days. It brings back the images of relaxing after a hard day on the Trail, the Saturday night dance in the Grange Hall, and the simple pleasures of having a good time playing music with friends and neighbors after the day's chores are done. 

"Vivian Williams has long been heralded as a master of Celtic, old-time and bluegrass styles. Williams is a prize winning fiddler with long experience of playing for dances around her native Seattle, and her playing has the lift and drive needed for good barn dancing." Sing Out Magazine

Caller Amy Carroll

Amy  has been folk dancing longer than she can remember and has been calling dances since 1987. She calls traditional American folk dances: contras, squares, circles and play party games for all ages and ability levels. She has called at public contra dances,  preschools, elementary schools, weddings, bars, grange halls, auctions, birthday parties, festivals, theNorthwest Folklife Festival and worked as a dance artist-in-residence at the elementary level. Given 8 people, 5 minutes, and a couple dozen square feet, Amy can create a dance.


Dance starts with a workshop on the basics at 7:30, then dancing from 8:00 to 11:00. Admission is by donation. The Black Diamond Community Hall is at 1942 Black Diamond Rd., Port Angeles. Come and have a great time!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Special Dance with Colin Hume: Tues, Sept 16th

Special Dance: Colin Hume stops off on his international tour to call a dance in Port Angeles! (with Rosewind Country Dance Band)

Tuesday, Sept 16th, 2014
7:00 to 10:00 PM
Requested Donation: $9 (under 18: $4)

Colin Hume has called at Dance courses in Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Canada, and for Dance Weeks in the U.S.A. at Pinewoods in Massachussetts, Mendocino in California, Brasstown in North Carolina and Buffalo Gap in West Virginia, plus a week of Dancing down the Nile in Egypt with Peter Barnes and Mary Lea.

He enjoys calling Contra, Squares, English and other forms of dance, and Americans now seem to be understanding his sense of humor better.
He hasn't called on the West Coast since 2007, so maybe it's time to give him another try!

The Rosewind Country Dance Band has been playing for Contra Dances and English Country Dances in Port Townsend for about 5 years.  Melodies are carried by the strong twin fiddling of Libby Schnick and Dan Post; with Marsha Wiener carrying the rhythm on piano, Libby Reid on mandolin and guitar, and Dick Lynn on guitar and flute.  Fred Nussbaum does a little of everything on cello and mandolin.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Perpetual Emotion Returns to Port Angeles! Monday Aug. 25, 2014

These guys were a huge hit last year -- don't miss them this year! Especially note the unusual time: 6:30 to 9:30pm, and special price (suggested donation: $10 adult, $8 seniors/teens, $5 kids).
Perpetual Emotion caused quite a buzz when they played
in Port Angeles last year. They'll have dancers smiling and
hopping when they play at Black Diamond this November!

Captivating, passionate, propulsive and progressive are what best define the music of this power duo, perched at the convergence of traditional and electronic dance music. Perpetual e-Motion integrates technical and sonic innovations with old school traditions to create a enormous sound full momentum and groove. Lauded as a two man orchestra, this duo continues to innovate the art of traditional dance music through their use of sound sculpting and multitasking, captivating listeners and dancers with their infectious and unique sound.

Will Mentor, caller: is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont, known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

June 7, 2014 dance with Country Capers and Jean Gorrindo

Country Capers will put a bounce in your step and a smile on your face

From Bainbridge Island, Jane Landstra's fiddling has a natural swing that makes dancing a joy! The Country Capers bring traditional dance music from the Shetland Islands and Scandinavia, all the way to American tunes and Cajun music.

Caller Jean Gorrindo comes to us from California

Jean's strong teaching and musical skills, combined with her musical and rhythmic vocal quality, help her deliver dances that are flowing, challenging, and fun!  She has a particular knack for collecting dances with exceptional choreography designed to enhance the connectedness between us all. 
Jean heard about the Black Diamond dance, and contacted US to ask for the opportunity to call here! (Usually we have to go seeking callers.) How flattering is that? 

Check out our new web page with videos!

We have some introductory contra dance videos from excellent callers. If you have friends who are a little hesitant about trying our dance, show them these videos.
There is also some video of experienced dancers which is a lot of fun to watch.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Video of dynamite May dance!

The Power House Band and Carol Piening

Here is a link to a short video I put together from the dance this weekend. Please forgive my weird camera work -- I am just learning!