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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:

Oct 9-Take your friends on an exciting "Joyride" (George Penk, Erik Weberg, Sue Songer, & Jeff Kerssen-Griep – Portland - fiddle, flute, harmonica, bombarde, piano, guitar, percussion) through the magical land of contradancing, with intrepid caller Noah Grunzweig at the wheel!

Oct 16-"Pete's Posse" (Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, & Tristan Henderson - fiddles, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, guitar, harmonica, bodhran, snare drum, foot percussion) is a fresh, multi-generational powerhouse trad-roots string trio based in northwestern Vermont's Champlain Valley.
Sparkling, versatile caller Mary Wesley (VT) makes her Seattle debut!

Oct 23-"Coracree" (Jane Rothfield, Sarah Gowan, Bill Quern, Allan Carr - NY - fiddle, guitar, concertina, foot percussion, banjo, mandolin, melodeon, harmonica, bass) melds a mixture of traditional Celtic, Old Time, European and Original music played with an improvisational twist!   Seth Tepfer (Atlanta GA) charms us with his playful, creative calling.

Oct 30-MMMM…so good!!! Eva Reich's zesty, tasteful fiddling & Jeff Kerssen-Griep's (Portland) rousing, rockin' guitar playing satisfies all your contra cravings. Clever caller Tony Mates serves up a veritable feast of favorite and novel dances.

Nov 6-Ryan McKasson, Claude Ginsburg, & Dave Bartley (fiddles, concertina, mandolin, guitar, cittern, cajon) electrify dancers with their powerful, inventive playing and unique compositions. Dynamic Woody Lane (Roseburg, OR - caller & foot percussion) sets the fun meter on high!

Nov 13-Forget about hibernating when the "Great Bear Trio" is in town! Andrew, Noah, & Kim VanNorstrand (from upstate NY) will thrill us with wildly creative music on fiddle, guitar, & piano.    Perennial fav George Marshall (W MA) calls with style and grace.

Nov 20-"Ari & Mia" (Ariel & Mia Friedman -"Boston's Americana Sister Act") melds Mia's feisty fiddle & Ari's rich cello with our own Dave Bartley's awesome guitar work!    Adept caller Adam Carlson treats us to a lovely selection of contras.

WED Nov 26-SPECIAL Thanksgiving Eve Dance featuring irresistably happy twins Greg & Jere Canote on fiddle & guitar, with their current crop of delightful student musicians! Effervescent caller Amy Carroll keeps the party sparkling.

Nov 27- No dance – Happy Turkey Day!

Dec 4-Soar to giddy contra heights with "The Frequent Fliers": multi-talented Laura Light (VA), Dave Bartley (WA) & Jeff Spero (CA) on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, cittern, cajon, & piano! Caller Eric Black (SF,CA) is our capable and genial pilot.

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

Jan 15-Lee Anne Welch (SF,CA) & Eric Anderson (Seattle) – fiddle & piano; Linnaea Chapman caller

Jan 22-"The Rhythm Rollers" (Cathie Whitesides, Laurie Andres, WB Reid - fiddle, guitar, banjo-guitar, accordion); Gordy Euler (Portland) caller

Jan 29-Sean Bolton, Melissa Coffey, Doug Plummer (fiddles, flute, & piano); LauraMe' Smith caller

Feb 5-"Stringrays" (Rodney Miller, Max Newman, & Stuart Kenney – NH & MA ) fiddle, guitar, bass   Frannie Marr (CA) caller

Feb 12-"Countercurrent" (Alex Sturbaum and Brian Lindsay – transplanted from Ohio – fiddle, accordion & guitar); Lindsey Dono caller

Feb 19-"Making Time" (Susan Burke, Terry Wergeland, Joe Micheals) fiddle, piano, guitar, bass; Cindy Holmes caller

Feb 26-"Sassafrass Stomp" (Johanna Davis & Adam Nordell – Maine) fiddle, guitar, foot percussion) ; Rachel Wallace (Chicago) caller

Mar 5-"Buddy System" (Noah VanNordstrand & Julie Vallimont - NY & MA ) fiddle, piano, feet, mouth harp; Will Mentor (VT) caller

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

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Last modified 10/10/14.