Friday, March 17, 2017

Contra Dance, Saturday April 1st

Laura Mé Smith  Calling 
Sandy Bradley and Lindon Toney

Laura Mé has been calling since the 80s, her succinct teaching and quick wit delight dancers near and far. both those new to dancing and those with  many years under their feet. She is equally component in calling English Country dances and squares as well. Laura Mé is a joy to have returning to our dance again this year, we are sure you will enjoy the fun dances she will be bringing with her. When she isn't calling dances she designs theatrical costumes. 

Sandy Bradley is a terrific person with many years in the contra and folk music scene including hosting the "Sandy Bradley Potluck" on NPR, her fun and spunky personality and passion for music is reflected in her guitar playing as she easily accompanies any one around her. Paired with Lindon Toney their music will keep you on your toes all night long.

 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, February 19, 2017

Contra Dance, Saturday March 4, 2017

Rodney Miller, Marni Rachmiel, and Anita Anderson  

Michael Karcher -Calling

Michael Karcher

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.  


Dean of Contra Dance Fiddlers

Rodney Miller was designated a "Master Fiddler" in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals.
Rodney grew up in a musical family, and started playing for contra dances in New Hampshire in the 1970s. He is a master of traditional dance fiddling, and a pioneer of fusion -- bringing jazz improvisations to his playing.

He has recorded over a dozen CDs with a wide variety of tunes and sounds. He describes the development of his playing, "What I came up with has been a cornerstone of my fiddle style—playing with the bow off the strings most of the time, punctuating notes only for the briefest time as the melody spins out. I would describe it as a lifting, airy style of playing, as if energy and space is built into the music, helping to propel both the dancers and the listeners."

Now, he has moved his residence from New Hampshire to Port Townsend, and we get to have this illustrious fiddler play for our dance! Don't miss this opportunity to dance with a master and classic contra dance fiddler. Here are links to a few YouTube videos of Rodney: Concert at Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp; with his band Airdance; playing a slow swing tune for a dance; playing a Texas style tune "Snake Charmer"; and finally playing for another contra.

Marni Rachmiel

Mari plays flute and saxophone in numerous bands, including Contra Sutra, The End Effects, the Fremont Philharmonic, and Reverie (all of which can be found on Facebook). Her playing and two of her compositions are  featured on the Reverie Cd "Violet", and album of meditative improvisations on the English Country Dance tunes and originals find it at

Anita Anderson

Anita Anderson plays for the dancers, using her gut-thumping rhythmic sensibilities and glancing familiarity with doo-wop, gospel, Scandinavian, Cape Benton, and jazz back up to keep everyone moving. She barely plays a the same way twice but sometimes she does consult the rest of the band on her innovations. Dancers have her full attention as she tailors her back up to the moves and mood of each 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. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Contra dance, Saturday February 4th, 2017

Jay Finkelstein
Full Scale 

Jay Finkelstein comes from the Seattle/Olympia contra dance community where he is active as a caller, musician, and a dancer. He has a good directive calling style conveyed in a clear and calming voice and has a fine appreciation of the relation of tunes and dances. His experience shows.

Full Scale come together from around Washington to bring a traditional New England sound in all it's glory. Yankee Hornpipes, Celtic tunes, and songs from the Shetlands and England. They arrange their music specifically to fit Jay's calling. Laurel Stone is on the fiddle, Phil Katz on the accordion, Shelly Jenkins on the guitar, Dave Goodmanson on the piano, with guest Paul Englesberg on the flute and concertina.

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. 

We Need Help With Sound

The sound system is an essential part of the dance.
We have a great sound system, we just need some help -- carrying it in to the hall, setting it up, and at the end of the night packing it away and carrying it out. If you would like to volunteer to support our dance by assisting with this responsibility, please contact me (Erran, 360-460-6594). Any form of help is welcome, from simply hauling equipment, to operating the mixing board, depending on your interest. Your compensation will be: my gratitude, the dancers' appreciation, and free admission to the dance.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Contra Dance, Saturday January 7th, 2017

Lindsey Dono
Kate Powers and Friends.

Kick off the new year with Linsey Dono fun calling to Kate Powers and friends lively fun music at our local Black Diamond Community Hall. Lessons start at 7:30 pm and the full on dancing begins at 8 pm. Bring your friends and family to help start off the year in a great way.

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.

Kate Powers is a violinist and fiddler who enjoys performing and arranging an immense variety of music genres as well as composing her own music.

She is very popular locally, it has been so fun to watch her grow and blossom in the world of music. 

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, October 18, 2016

Contra Dance, November 5th 2016

Sherry Nevins 

calling to the music of

Purple Heys. 

The band Purple Heys playing to the lovely and local Sherry Nevins.

Sean Bolton (fiddle); Melissa Coffey (whistle, flute, fiddle, sax); Doug Plummer (piano)From fast moving New England and relentlessly cheerful French Canadian tunes, to rollicking old-time standards, Purple Heys rocks the dance floor. Crisp fiddle licks, sparkling whistle riffs, inventive chord accompaniment, and the smile-inducing honks of the saxophone inspire big fun on the dance floor.

Sherry has had great fun calling traditional square dances since 1977 and contra dances since 1980, also occasionally teaching a couple dance workshops. She began coordinating community dances in Seattle in 1979. She especially enjoys calling family dances where adults and children of all ages participate together. Her informal style and boundless enthusiasm paired with her clear teaching and a married, lively repertoire ensure a satisfying dancing experience for all. 

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.  
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Contra Dance Saturday October 1st, 2016

Laura Me Smith calling to Countercurrent

Join us at Black Diamond Community Hall at 7:30 to learn the ropes then at 8 pm the music takes off. Bring your all your friends young and old for a real fun time.

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.

Laura Me

Laura Mé has not been calling since time began, only since 1980.  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.

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.