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.