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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.   www.cascadepromenade.org

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! http://www.syncopaths.com   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.
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