Sunday, September 9, 2018

Contra Dance Saturday, October 6, 2018

Susan Michaels

Calling to the tunes of 

Kate Powers, Marni Rachmiel & David Bartley

Susan Michaels has been calling squares, contras, and family dances for more then 30 years, building community, facilitating joy, and just plain having fun.  Susan believes it is her  calling in life to teach people how to hold hands in a circle and move to music.  She loves all kinds of choreography… but specializes in dance with drive and flow that hold on to the roots of barn dancing but take off in new directions.  Susan brings  her special brand of dry quirky humor with her to every dance event and has a unique gift for making newcomers, 2 left-footers, and shy persons blossom through dance.

Kate Powers,  Marni Rachmiel and Dave Bartley

Kate Powers was first introduced to the violin through a scholarship from the Washington Old-Time Fiddlers in 2010. Some of her most recent paths include becoming part of the PC College Jazz Ensemble. Kate enjoys composing and writes much of the music she plays. She teaches herself fiddle and also takes Classical lessons with Ronald Patterson in Seattle. 

Based in Seattle Marni plays flute and saxophone with a bunch of dance bands including the Contra Sutra, The End Effects, The Intoxicators, and Reverie. She moonlights in the Fremont Philharmonic for the Moisture festival and Panto. 

Dave Bartley plays guitar, mandolin, cittern, and several other stringed instruments. He has played many styles of music over the years and continues to range over several genres. He has performed throughout the US and Canada, and in England, Australia, France and Greece. It is difficult to count the number of bands in which he plays.
Dave has composed over 300 dance tunes. A waltz he wrote and KGB recorded, The Clock Stopped, is used to teach cross-step waltz in much of the U.S. and other parts of the world. A reel he wrote, Vladi on the Trans-Siberian, seems to be popping up at dances and jam sessions all over the place.

Please Note that the Fall Potluck has been postponed to the November Dance... Thanks much and see you soon!

The intro class begins at 7:30, like usual, and our dance will begin at 8.

All other dance details are on the "About Our Dance" page on this website.  

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