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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 $10 (students & seniors $8, kids & first-time contradancers free).

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

Schedule of bands and callers:

Mar 12-10th Annual CONTRA MARATHON - benefit for NW Folklife Festival! 17 callers + 6 bands = 3 hours of non-stop, no walk-thru FUN! Jump in or out at ends of the lines to rest, rehydrate, & change partners…or play along with the bands. "Dance buddies" will be ready and able to lend helping hands. This event is part of the Cascade Promenade weekend.

Mar 19-Zing! go the strings, whee! go the reeds, "Kerplunk" go the feet on the floor (to very fine music from Betsy Alexander on fiddle, Laurie Andres on accordion, & Tony Mates on guitar!) Caller Craig Wolfe pulls out a great selection of energetic and flowing contras.

Mar 26-"Les Trois Capitains" (Devon Leger, Clyde Curley, & Eric Schlorff- fiddles, accordion, guitar, harmonica, feet) are masters of driving, uplifting Quebecois tunes, just right for dancing. Playful caller Carol Piening keeps us smiling!

Apr 2-Contra excitement comes with a "BAM!" (Brandon Vance, Marni Rachmiel, Natalie Stephens, & Anita Anderson on fiddle, flute, sax, trombone & piano). Colorful caller Kelsey Hartman (CA) turns up the fun-o-meter! Free admission - dance hosted by Michael Klinger in celebration of his birthday - and wedding! Bring treats/snacks to share.

Apr 9-Savor the tasty Quebecois tunes of "Group du Jour" (Clyde Curley, David Cahn, Bill Meyer, & Jerry Gallaher on fiddles, accordion, guitar, banjo, piano, & feet), while indulging in the delightful dances called expertly by Gaye Fifer (Pittsburgh, PA)!

Apr 16-"Tinkers Dram" (Brid Nowlan, Howard Good, Cheryl Phillips Adcock, & Jalaine Madura – fiddle, accordion, bass, & guitar) is a band of friends who love playing for dancers! Callers Eric Curl & Clare Woolgrove team up for a good measure of springtime revelry.

Apr 23-You're invited to a piping hot evening of stimulating music with "The Coffey Party" (Cathie Whitesides, Melissa Coffey, & Amy Carroll on fiddle, flute, whistle, sax, & piano)! Versatile caller Suzanne Girardot brews a potent pot of pleasing dances.

Apr 30-"Bulldog Dan" (formerly the "Queen City Bulldogs" - Armin Barnett, Molly Tenenbaum, & David Cahn on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, & guitar) features driving old-time and lyrical New England tunes just right for dancing. Welcome back ace caller Kathy Anderson (Ohio), who knows how to make us howl with delight!

May 7-"The Syncopaths" (Ryan McKasson, Jeff Spero, Ashley Broder, Christa Burch – CA & WA - fiddle, mandolin, piano, bodhran) "bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music rooted in Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions", with an utterly irresistable dance beat!   Graceful caller Lindsey Dono has her finger right on the pulse.

May 14-"Chassez" (Vivian & Phil Williams, Terry Wergeland) fiddle, mandolin, guitar, piano; Maureen Collier (Vancouver BC) caller

May 21-Kick off your NW Folklife Festival weekend with "Karen's Jumpstarters": Seattle's Karen Iglitzin on fiddle & daughter Ariana Nelson on cello (recent grad of Rice Univ. in music), + Olympia's Eric Schlorff on harmonica, squeezebox, & stand-up bass, + Portland's Gordy Euler on fiddle, Jeff Kerssen-Griep on guitar/percussion; & Sue Songer on piano! Perennial fav David Kaynor (Montague, MA) calls and fiddles.

May 28-"The Fixations" (Laurie Andres, Cathie Whitesides, Sandy Bradley - accordion, fiddle, guitar, piano); LauraMe' Smith caller

June 4-"The Quite Contraries" (Mary Varnum, Olga Gussow-Hauptmann, Valerie Cohen, Nancy Peterson, Ruth Stark, Dick Curtiss, Mary Bicknell, Gordie Schwartzmann, Sue Holt, Marcy Kubbs, Doug Plummer, Laura Hinckelman, Theresa Bowes); Eric Curl caller

June 11-"Minnie Pearl Jam" (Frank Blade, Claudia Anastasio, Dave Leddel, Cary Lung, Nancy Katz – fiddles, banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass); Amy Carroll caller

June 18-"La Famille Léger" (Devon, Louis, Dejah, & Barbara on fiddle, accordion, piano, guitar, & "les pieds"); Suzanne Girardot caller

June 25-"RiffRaff" (Lindon Toney, Jesse Partridge, Jay Finkelstein – Olympia – fiddles & guitar); Andrea Nettleton (Atlanta, GA) caller

July 2-TBA

July 9-Elias Alexander (Boston, MA - border pipes, percussion, whistle), Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Daniel Carr (guitar)

July 16-"Triple A" (Audrey Knuth, Andrew VanNorstrand, Amy Englesberg – MA & NY - fiddles, guitar, piano, feet); Noah Grunzweig (Portland) caller

July 23-"The Onlies" (Riley Calcagno, Sami Braman, Leo Shannon, RuthMabel Boyntz – fiddles, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass); Sherry Nevins caller

July 30-George Wilson (Wynantskill, NY) & Laurie Andres – fiddle & piano

Aug 6- NO DANCE tonight

Aug 13-"The Quarks" (Betsy Branch, Bill Tomczak, Terry Wergeland – Portland & Seattle - fiddle, clarinet, sax, piano; Erik Weberg (Portland) caller

Aug 20-"The Wisenheimers" (Alan Snyder & Dave Goldman – Portland - fiddle & piano); Laurel Thomas (Portland) caller

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

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Last modified 03/24/15.