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Lake City Contra/Old Time Country Dance

Every Thursday at
Lake City Community Center

12531 - 28th Ave NE

8:00pm till 11:00pm,
Free introductory "dance skills" workshop every week at 7:30pm
Admission $9 (students & seniors $7, kids & first-time contradancers free).


Please respect the health needs of many dancers and come fragrance-free.
For more information call 206-525-0932.

Here are some helpful hints and guidelines

The Lake City Farmers Market is open for the season (June 12 thru Oct 2) until 7 pm on part of 28th Ave NE, south of the Lake City Community Center and north of NE 125th St. Access the community center's parking lot from NE 127th St; other parking is available nearby.
Come early and enjoy a picnic dinner in the park (between the community center and the library) - or in the hall if it rains!

Schedule of bands and callers:


Aug 14-Ultra-high energy and excitement prevail when Ryan McKasson & Scotty Leach team up on fiery fiddle & pulsating piano! Baltimore MD caller Greg Frock fans the flames.

Aug 21-"The Contra Quartet" (Jesse Partridge on fiddle, Steve Cifka on cello, Julie Bennett on percussion, & Jay Finkelstein on guitar - Olympia) offers an intoxicating whirl of beautiful melodies and compelling rhythms. Alluring caller Lindsey Dono stirs it up just right!

Aug 28-Get way deep in the contra groove with "Perpetual e-Motion" (Ed Howe & John Cote' – Maine – fiddle, guitar, electronics, digeridoo, mouth harp, feet)   Ace caller Will Mentor (VT) turns the fun meter all the way up!

Sept 4-"The Electrodes" (Joe Bowbeer, Marcy Kubbs & Joe Micheals on 5-string electric violin, acoustic guitar, & piano) are sure to charge you up for a rousing good time!   Michael Karcher calls stimulating and satisfying dances to fill up your happy sack.

Sept 11-Audrey Knuth & Larry Unger - another super-dynamic duo from Boston MA - bring glorious fiddle & powerful guitar collaborations & compositions for our dancing pleasure!   Genial caller Marlin Prowell (Bellingham) launches the smiles that last way beyond closing time.

Sept 18-"The Groovemongers" trio (Rebecca McCallum, CW Abbott, & Jane Knoeck – Rochester NY – fiddle, mandolin, accordion, piano) thrills contra dancers with a world beat approach to dance music…Celtic to Calypso, Southern to Salsa, Old England to New England, Motown to Cape Town, plus a liberal dose of American Rock 'n' Roll. Caller Eric Curl brings his trusty contra compass to navigate our journey!

Sept 25-Laurie Andres & WB Reid cavort on fiddle, accordion, guitar, banjo, & piano, while esteemed caller Colin Hume (England) holds forth with his international menu of contras!

Oct 2-"End Effects" (Marni Rachmiel, Andrew Foster, Anita Anderson, & Natalie Stephens (sax, flute, fiddle, trombone, piano); William Watson (Portland) caller

Oct 9-"Joyride" (George Penk, Erik Weberg, Sue Songer, Jeff Kerssen-Griep – Portland - fiddle, flute, harmonica, bombarde, piano, guitar, percussion); Noah Grunzweig caller

Oct 16-"Pete's Posse" (Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Tristan Henderson - Vermont - fiddle, mandolin, guitar) is a multi-generational powerhouse trad-roots string trio based in northwestern VT’s Champlain Valley. Mary Wesley (VT) caller

Oct 23-"Coracree" (Jane Rothfield, Sarah Gowan, Bill Quern, Allan Carr - NY - fiddle, guitar, foot percussion, banjo, mandolin, melodeon, harmonica, bass)   Seth Tepfer (Atlanta GA) caller

Oct 30-Eva Reich (Seattle) & Jeff Kerssen-Griep (Portland) - fiddle & guitar; Tony Mates caller

Nov 6-Ryan McKasson, Claude Ginsburg, & Dave Bartley (fiddles, mandolin, guitar, cittern, cajon); Woody Lane (Roseburg, OR) caller & foot percussion

Nov 13-"Great Bear Trio" (Andrew, Noah, & Kim VanNorstrand – upstate NY – fiddle, guitar, piano); George Marshall (W MA) caller

Nov 20-"Ari & Mia" (Ariel & Mia Friedman - Boston, MA - fiddle & cello & Dave Bartley (guitar); ; Adam Carlson caller

WED Nov 26-SPECIAL Thanksgiving Eve dance (TBA)

Nov 27- no dance – Happy Turkey Day

Dec 4-"The Frequent Fliers" (Laura Light, Dave Bartley & Jeff Spero - VA, WA, CA - fiddle, guitar, mandolin, cittern, cajon, piano); Eric Black (SF, CA) caller

Dec 11-"The Euphemists" (Alan Snyder, Dave Goldman, Paula Hamlin, Kaye Blesemer, Jerry Nelson - Portland, OR - fiddle, keyboard, sax, clarinet, trombone, flute, whistle, guitar, percussion); Susan Petrick (CA) caller

Dec 18-Eileen Nicholson (Syracuse NY), Rachel Bell (Shinglehouse PA), Eric Anderson - fiddle, accordion, & piano); Bob Nicholson (Syracuse NY) caller

Dec 25-"Monday Night Live" (Sande Gillette & Alan Roberts' jam band); David Kaynor (Montague, MA) caller

Jan 1, 2015- no dance – Happy New Year!

Jan 8-Karen Iglitzin, Roger Nelson, & Ariana Nelson (fiddle, piano, cello); Jack Mitchell (Durham, NC) caller

Please read footprints for a brief history of this dance series.

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Last modified 08/11/14.