Laura Mé Smith
Laura Mé Smith, has been calling since the 1980s (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 Goldengemsfind friendship through the music they share and a common love of beautiful, melodic, rhythmically interesting tunes. Their repertoire comes from a wide range of old and new music traditions including Old Time, Scandinavian, French Canadian, and the British Isles. They focus on harmony and twin fiddling (Channing Showalter and Annie Schermer) with rich and supportive rhythms on cello (Clea Taylor) and driving guitar (Sam Vogt). The 5 string banjo and melodica are also known to make appearances from time to time. The Goldengems are based in Northwest Washington and are named after a lovely golden apple.
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.