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Thursday nights; doors open at 7 pm

Dances: intro/refresher workshop 7:15 pm, dancing 7:30 till 10:00 pm

Concerts: music 7:30-9:30 pm

Admission on a sliding scale $10 - 20 - pay what you can

The hall is well-ventilated and air-conditioned.!

All participants must show proof of being fully vaccinated (2 weeks past the date of their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or single dose of J&J), and wear well-fitting face masks. Out of concern for vulnerable members of our community, we are continuing to advise that people at higher risk, or in regular contact with anyone at higher risk (including unvaccinated housemates and young children) not attend at this time.


NEW DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From 5th Avenue NE TURN WEST ONTO NE 117th STREET, and TURN RIGHT AT 3rd AVENUE NE. The road (driveway) leads past the hall to the parking lot (through the gate on the north side) and is a one-way loop all the way around the hall, with some limited parking available behind the building. There are 2 doors into the lobby; the side door up the walkway across from the parking lot, and the main door in the front courtyard.


For more information call 206-525-0932, or email sjnevins@gmail.com.





We are currently in the process of transitioning safely to contra dances (and concerts) at the Seattle Latvian Center (see upcoming events below). The Lake City Virtual Contra Dance is not happening at this time, and will only resume if necessary (see info about the virtual dance below). For more information call 206-525-0932, or email sjnevins@gmail.com.



Thursday December 2: Talented multi-instrumentalists River Scheuerell ("Lobsters of Destiny", "RiffRaff", "Cascade Contraband Remix", The REDS") and brothers Dante & Eros Faulk ("The REDS") - fiddles, mandolin, cello, guitar, bodhran - combine their love of traditional music with fresh, youthful inspiration and energy! https:www.riverscheuerell.com   https:www.danteanderos.com Caller Eric Curl brings his favorite dances and his cheerful, friendly vibe!


All participants must show proof of being fully vaccinated* (2 weeks past the date of their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or single dose of J&J), and wear well-fitting face masks. Out of concern for vulnerable members of our community, we are continuing to advise that people at higher risk, or in regular contact with anyone at higher risk (including unvaccinated housemates and young children) not attend at this time.


Pre-registration is no longer needed. All who have previously attended at least one of the Lake City "vaxxed" contra dances or concerts will check in at the door, but will not need to show their vaccination document again. Those who have NOT previously attended will need to show ID and proof of vaccination and fill out the registration form at the door. Check this website for details and any necessary updates!


*Booster shots: Because vaccine immunity has been shown to wane over time, it is strongly recommended that everyone who is eligible get a booster shot if their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine was 6 to 8 months ago. For those who received a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago it is strongly recommended to follow-up with a second J&J shot, or for better protection a single-dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Help keep yourself, and your community, safe!


All is subject to change with the fluctuating status of COVID-19. Check for updates on this site.



On Nov 24 we had a CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center. All were fully-vaccinated and wore face masks. People at higher risk, or in regular contact with anyone at higher risk (including young children and unvaccinated housemates) were advised not to attend. All attendees are asked via email if they show any symptoms after the event to get tested, and let us know.

On Nov 18 we had a CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center. All were fully-vaccinated and wore face masks. People at higher risk, or in regular contact with anyone at higher risk (including young children and unvaccinated housemates) were advised not to attend. NO COVID WAS REPORTED (attendees were asked via email) - one dancer had a sore throat, and another had a sinus headache (days after the dance), both tested negative.

On Nov 11 we had a CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center. All were fully-vaccinated and wore face masks. People at higher risk, or in regular contact with anyone at higher risk (including young children and unvaccinated housemates) were advised not to attend. NO COVID WAS REPORTED (attendees were asked via email) - one dancer had cold symptoms 4 days later, and tested negative.

On Nov 4 we had a CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center. All were fully-vaccinated and wore face masks. People at higher risk, or in regular contact with anyone at higher risk (including young children and unvaccinated housemates) were advised not to attend. NO COVID WAS REPORTED (attendees were asked via email) - one dancer had a mild sore throat 3 days later, and tested negative.

On Oct 28 we had a CONCERT at the Seattle Latvian Center. All were fully-vaccinated and wore face masks. People at higher risk, or in regular contact with anyone at higher risk (including young children and unvaccinated housemates) were advised not to attend. NO COVID (or other illness) WAS REPORTED (attendees were asked via email).

On Oct 21 we had a CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center. All were fully-vaccinated and wore face masks. People at higher risk, or in regular contact with anyone at higher risk (including young children and unvaccinated housemates) were advised not to attend. NO COVID (or other illness) WAS REPORTED (attendees were asked via email).

On Oct 14 we had a CONCERT at the Seattle Latvian Center. All were fully-vaccinated and wore face masks. People at higher risk, or in regular contact with anyone at higher risk (including young children and unvaccinated housemates) were advised not to attend. NO COVID (or other illness) WAS REPORTED (attendees were asked via email).

On Oct 7 we had a CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center. All were fully-vaccinated and wore face masks. People at higher risk, or in regular contact with anyone at higher risk (including young children and unvaccinated housemates) were advised not to attend. NO COVID WAS REPORTED - one dancer had cold symptoms the next day, and tested negative; another had cold symptoms on Oct 13; also tested negative. One musician had cold symptoms and tested negative.

On Sept 23 we had a CONCERT at the Seattle Latvian Center. All were fully-vaccinated and wore face masks. People at higher risk, or in regular contact with anyone at higher risk (including young children and unvaccinated housemates) were advised not to attend. NO COVID (or other illness) WAS REPORTED (attendees were asked via email).

On July 29 we had a "test" CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center. All were required to show proof of being fully-vaccinated (face masks optional). NO COVID (or other illness) WAS REPORTED (attendees were asked via email).


In Seattle the rate of vaccinations is very high (see https:kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/vaccination.aspx - look at that map by zip codes). The high rate of fully-vaccinated people age 12 & up reduces the likelihood of encountering anyone carrying a high viral load, and well-fitting face masks are still considered to be very effective in limiting infection and transmission. Nearly all of the cases severe enough to require hospitalization are continuing to be in unvaccinated people. Breakthrough cases in vaccinated individuals who are not immunocompromised continue to be less severe. 

Info about Covid outcomes by vaccination status has been added to the Seattle & King County Public Health's Data Dashboard: https:kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/vaccination-outcomes.aspx These stats were updated as of Nov 3. The Relative Risk trend info shows: 

For fully-vaccinated people over the past 30 days:
There were 9 new positive cases per 100,000 residents per day (unvaccinated 58 new cases per 100,000 residents per day).
There were 0.15 new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents per day (unvaccinated 5.5 new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents per day).
There were .07 new deaths per 100,000 residents per day (unvaccinated 1.37 new deaths per 100,000 residents per day).
 

The site states that people who are not vaccinated are 6x more likely to test positive, 36x more likely to be hospitalized, and 18x more likely to die of Covid-related illness. This shows the overwhelming effectiveness of the vaccines in protecting against severe illness (requiring hospitalization) and death. 


Contradance role terms have settled in as "LARKS & ROBINS" (as part of the evolution from "gents & ladies" and "larks & ravens"). For more info please read Larks & Ravens - open letter to Lake City Contra Dancers (October 2018).



Check out the Lake City Contra Dance channel on YouTube! https:www.youtube.com/channel/UCPY8TMM8tadxVOYFkwl_cbA/featured



Schedule of UPCOMING musicians and callers for Lake City VAXXED Contra Dances & Concerts:


Dec 2-Contra dance at the Seattle Latvian Center! River Scheuerell, Dante & Eros Faulk (fiddle, mandolin, cello, guitar, bodhran); Eric Curl caller

Dec 9-Contra dance at the Seattle Latvian Center! Dale Russ (fiddle) & Anita Anderson (piano); Isaac Banner caller

Dec 16-Contra dance at the Seattle Latvian Center! WB Reid, Bonnie Zahnow, & Laurie Andres (fiddle, guitar, banjo guitar, accordion); Joe Micheals caller

Dec 23-NO dance tonight - Happy holidays!

Dec 30-New Years Eve-Eve contra dance at the Seattle Latvian Center! "The Mountain Boomers" (Brian Lindsay, Penka Jane Culevski, & Alex Sturbaum -fiddles, accordion, banjo, guitar); Susan Michaels caller

Plans are in progress for more events - in-hall dances and concerts, virtual (or hybrid) dances - depending on the virus vs. vaccine situation and community response. Stay tuned, stay safe, listen to good music, and hope for better days! Find other online music, dance, and song events at https:www.cdss.org/community/events-calendar.


Schedule of PAST musicians and callers for Lake City VAXXED Contra Dances & Concerts:


Nov 24- Thanksgiving Eve contra dance at the Seattle Latvian Center! "Small Pleasures" (Vivian William & Catherine Graham - fiddles, Phil Katz - melodeons, & Joe Micheals - guitar); LauraMe' Smith caller The dance was live-streamed; view it at https:www.twitch.tv/sandeandalan (It will be available to view for 2 weeks.) Donations to the musicians & sound tech can be made at https:paypal.me/alanandsande   See video clips at https:www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7SoYGpHqfzFUW_hMObyY_Oe0n2GAgziD

Nov 18-CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center: Forrest Carroll, Jerry Gallaher, & Amy Carroll (fiddles, banjo, piano); Suzanne Girardot caller See video clips at https:www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7SoYGpHqfzFUW_hMObyY_Oe0n2GAgziD

Nov 11-CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center: "Lobsters of Destiny" (Alex Sturbaum, Brian Lindsay, Lawson Cannon, River Scheuerell, & Julie Bennett - fiddles, button accordion, banjo, mandolin, guitar, & percussion); Isaac Banner caller See video clips at https:www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7SoYGpHqfzFUW_hMObyY_Oe0n2GAgziD

Nov 4-CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center: Howie Meltzer (fiddle), Erin Esses-Lusk (cello) & Joe Micheals (guitar); Eric Curl caller See video clip at https:www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7SoYGpHqfzFUW_hMObyY_Oe0n2GAgziD

Oct 28-CONCERT and costume party, with couple and folk dancing at the back of the hall at the Seattle Latvian Center! "The Folk Voice Band" (Birgit & Phil Ages on accordion, guitar, mandolin, & recorder, Kris Johansson on fiddle and Jim Noyes on bass) See video clips at https:www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7SoYGpHqfzFUW_hMObyY_Oe0n2GAgziD

Oct 21-CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center: Ryan McKasson, Dave Bartley, & Anita Anderson (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, piano); Craig Wolfe caller See video clips at https:www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7SoYGpHqfzFUW_hMObyY_Oe0n2GAgziD

Oct 14-CONCERT at the Seattle Latvian Center: Ruthie Dornfeld, Terry Wergeland, & WB Reid - fiddle, piano, accordion, guitar, guitar-banjo

Oct 7-CONTRA DANCE at the Seattle Latvian Center: "Au Contraire" (Susan Burke, Jay Finkelstein, & Julie Bennett - fiddle, guitar, percussion); Suzanne Girardot caller See video clips at https:www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7SoYGpHqfzFUW_hMObyY_Oe0n2GAgziD

Sept 23, 2021-CONCERT at the Seattle Latvian Center: "Dear Crow" (Penka Jane Culevski & Brian Lindsay), "Try-Works" (Alex Sturbaum & Penka Jane Culevski), and "Countercurrent" (Brian Lindsay & Alex Sturbaum), PLUS the debut of "The Mountain Boomers" (Brian, Penka Jane, & Alex)

July 29, 2021-"Test" Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center (NO Virtual Contra Dance), with "Countercurrent" (Alex Sturbaum & Brian Lindsey - fiddle, guitar, accordion, cittern, banjo) & caller Susan Michaels All participants required to show proof of being fully-vaccinated in accordance with King County Public Health guidelines, face masks optional. See video clips at https:www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7SoYGpHqfzFUW_hMObyY_Oe0n2GAgziD


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WELCOME TO THE CONTRA DANCE!


Contra (or Old-Time Country) Dances feature dynamic LIVE music, energetic dancing, friendly camaraderie, and a strong sense of community. Contra/square dancing is great fun and great exercise - for all ages!


Contra Dance - Code of Conduct and Contra Dance - Safety & Consent Agreement


Here are some helpful hints and guidelines:


For Everyone:


∗ Contra dancing is traditional American folk dancing, derived from English and French country dancing. Couples stand in long lines. The caller “walks through” a pattern of figures before each dance begins, and prompts the moves as long as the dancers need it. Each couple dances the sequence with another couple, then progresses along the line to repeat it with new couples.

Anyone can ask anyone to dance - it’s “people’s choice”. It is customary (not mandatory!) to change partners for each dance. When invited to dance, it is ok to politely decline. There is no need to feel guilty or to make excuses. If you are turned down for a dance, take it in stride and seek another partner; don't harass anyone who has repeatedly declined to dance with you.

∗ Callers use the terms "larks & robins" (traditionally "gents & ladies") to refer to the positions of the people in the dance – in each couple,the "Lark"(traditionally "gent")is on the Left & the "Robin"(traditionally "lady") is on the Right. Unlike other social dances, either person in contra dancing can lead or follow depending on the figure. Just remember your own role label, and dance with whoever is coming towards you in line, regardless of their appearance.

∗ You don’t have to worry about footwork; justwalk smoothly, 1 step per beat of music.

Connecting with each other and with the music is the essence of contra dancing. When dancing with joined hands, keep your elbows bent, pull back slightly, just enough to keep an equal counterbalance – keep your fingers relaxed, don't squeeze hands or twist wrists.

Eye contact is another way we connect. Looking at each other will keep you from getting too dizzy – and it’s fun!!! If you're uncomfortable looking deeply into someone's eyes, you can look at their forehead, chin, ear…..

∗ In contra dancing, each figure fits with a musical phrase. It’s very satisfying to time each move so you can be ready to start the next in sync with the music, and with the other dancers!

∗ Learn the basics before trying to add fancy flourishes. Be respectful of each other’s needs and preferences: how fast to swing, adding extra twirls, how boldly to flirt…or not…

It's ok to make mistakes – no one is keeping score! People are friendly & everyone helps each other out. If you miss a figure, don’t worry about it - skip it and go on to the next.

Dancing in a way that hurts or disregards the safety or comfort of other dancers is NOT acceptable!!! If someone does something that hurts or makes you uncomfortable, let them know - be clear, direct, and specific – subtle hints are often ineffective. If you feel awkward or unsure about your dancing or social interactions – ASK!! Callers, dance coordinators, and many experienced dancers are willing and able to help.

∗ At the end of each dance remember to thank your partner and the band! Show your appreciation for the talent, skill, and dedication of our fabulous musicians & callers – applaud heartily!!!


For Experienced Dancers:


Please welcome newcomers - ask them to dance, and help them have a fun, satisfying dance experience! Two of you can approach new couples and offer to be their partners, but don't insist that they split up. Trust that their "neighbors" in the line will help.

∗ Give your full attention when the caller is teaching, thereby setting a good example for newcomers (even if you thoroughly know the dance).

∗ Help newer dancers to face the right direction, and keep verbal instructions to an absolute minimum. Point, gesture, tap on the shoulder, use other signals, or call their name. It is hard for newer dancers to listen to the caller, you, other dancers, and the music all at the same time.

Be considerate - refrain from extra twirls & spins, and high-speed swings with less experienced dancers. These are disorienting, slowing the learning process for your partner and for other newcomers for whom you are a role model.

∗ When helping other dancers, relax – be encouraging, and keep it light! It’s all about shared enjoyment, not perfection. Newcomers will learn faster and dance better when they are not anxious about their performance.

Be sociable and resist the urge to “book ahead”. Go to the sidelines & ask those sitting out if they would like to dance.


Read footprints for a brief history of this dance series.


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Ongoing in-hall dances had been suspended since March 2020 in accordance with the efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Many of us have been really missing dancing; when large group dancing wasn't possible, virtual dances with live-streamed musicians and callers was the next best thing. We are SO grateful for all of the talented musicians, callers, volunteers and participants from all over the US - and from Australia! - who lifted our spirits, helped us feel connected, and kept our dancing gyroscopes tuned up! All of those who played & called for our 66 virtual dances are listed below.




Schedule of PAST musicians and callers for Lake City VIRTUAL Contra (and hybrid) Dances:


Sept 30, 2021-Virtual contra with Eric Boodman & Larry Unger (fiddle, guitar, banjo -Boston MA); Michael Karcher caller; donate to them at https:www.paypal.com/paypalme/larryungerbanjo or send a check to Larry Unger, PO Box 6322, Lincoln MA 01773.

Sept 16, 2021-NO virtual, hybrid, or in-hall dance.

Sept 9, 2021-Virtual contra with Dante & Eros Faulk (Olympia, WA - fiddle & cello); Meg Dedolph (Chicago) caller; donate to them at at www.paypal.me/dfaulk1 or Venmo@DanteFaulk or send a check to Dante Faulk, 3105 Glen Ayre Lane NW, Olympia WA 98502).

Sept 2, 2021-NO virtual, hybrid, or in-hall dance.

Aug 26, 2021-NO virtual, hybrid, or in-hall dance.

Aug 19, 2021-The planned in-person dance at the Seattle Latvian Center was postponed because of the highly contagious Delta variant surge. Seattle's Brandon Vance, Dave Bartley, & Anita Anderson and caller Craig Wolfe will be rescheduled.

Aug 12, 2021-Hybrid Virtual Contra Dance - Sande Gillette & Olga Hauptman - fiddles, Melissa Coffey - whistles, Doug Plummer - piano; Russell Owen & Otho Sandwick co-callers; donate to them at https:paypal.me/alanandsande or send a check to Sande Gillette; the mailing address was posted at the event. (A limited number of guest dancers were on site with the band, caller, & sound tech - we encourage small gatherings of fully-vaxxed dancers to join us online from their living rooms and backyards!)

Aug 5, 2021-NO Virtual (or actual) Contra Dance - we took a week off.

July 22, 2021-Hybrid Virtual Contra Dance with Melissa Coffey & Nick Leininger of "Improper" - fiddle, whistles, sax, guitar; Isaac Banner caller; donate to them at Venmo@Isaac-Banner or send a check to Isaac Banner, 128 State St. S, Apt 434, Kirkland WA 98033. For PayPal contact melissacoffey360@gmail.com (A limited number of guest dancers were on site with the band, caller, & sound tech - we encourage small gatherings of fully-vaxxed dancers to join us online from their living rooms and backyards!)

July 15, 2021-Hybrid Virtual Contra Dance with "Cobbler" (Jesse Partridge & Jay Finkelstein - fiddle & guitar - Olympia, WA); Lindsey Dono caller; donate to them at Venmo@Jesse-Partridge-1 or send a check to Jesse Partridge, 714 Frederick Street SE, Olympia WA 98501. (Venmo is preferred; a paypal link was posted at the event). (A limited number of guest dancers were on site with the band, caller, & sound tech - we encourage small gatherings of fully-vaxxed dancers to join us online from their living rooms and backyards!)

July 8, 2021-Hybrid Virtual Contra Dance with Howie Meltzer - Bellingham, WA - & Joe Micheals - Seattle - (of "Red Crow" - fiddle & guitar); Michael Karcher caller; donate to them at https:paypal.me/alanandsande , the mailing address for checks was posted at the event.

July 1, 2021-"InTent City" (Betsy, Graham, Seth, & David Richards - fiddle, guitar, keyboard, percussion - N. Idaho); Christa Torrens (Boulder CO) caller; donate to them at https:paypal.me/DavidRichards9 or Venmo@davidpr9 or send a check to David Richards, 1104 Crosswhite Rd., Careywood, ID 83809.

June 24, 2021-from Australia! "Canberra Contra Club" (Rob Mahony, David Gilks, & Sarah Davies - fiddles, Greg Wilson - box, Jackie Luke - dulcimer & piano, Andrew Back - piano, Roger Green - mandolin, Alan Rumsey - bass, Margaret Gilks - accordion ); Jeanette Mill caller https:www.facebook.com/CanberraContraClub/ ; donations at https:paypal.me/alanandsande

June 17, 2021-Pete Sutherland & Oliver Scanlon (of "Pete's Posse" - VT - fiddle, keyboard, guitar, banjo, melodica, foot percussion) https:www.petesposse.com ; Don Veino (MA) caller; donate to them at https:www.paypal.me/petesuth or send a check to Pete Sutherland, 2 Pavilion Ave, South Burlington VT 05403.

June 10,2021-"The Mad Katters" (Marnen Laibow-Koser, Kirsten Erwin, Adlai Waksman - Boston MA & Philadelphia PA - fiddle, flute, keyboard); Seth Tepfer (Atlanta GA) caller; donate to them at https:www.paypal.com/paypalme/madkatterz or www.venmo.com/u/Kirsten-Erwin-6 or send a check to Kirsten Erwin, 7273 Glenthorne Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082.

June 3, 2021-"Tea & Whiskey" (Karin McQuade & Andrae Raffield - Charleston, SC - fiddle, guitar, vocals); Emily Abel (Cleveland OH) caller; donate to them at https:www.paypal.com/paypalme/mcquadeka or Venmo@karin-mcquade or send a check to Karin McQuade, 408 White Church Lane, Summerville SC 29485.

May 27, 2021-"The Rhythm Rollers" (Cathie Whitesides, Laurie Andres, WB Reid - Seattle - fiddle, accordion, guitar); Brad Foster (MA) caller; donate to them at www.PayPal.me/wbANDbonnie or Venmo@wbANDbonnie or send a check to WB Reid, 3030 S. Bradford St., Seattle WA 98108.

May 20, 2021-"Drive Train" (Ed Howe & Bennett Konesni - Maine - fiddle & guitar); Bev Bernbaum (Toronto) caller; donate to them at https:paypal.me/EHowe525 or Venmo@Edward-Howe-4 or send a check to Ed Howe, 122 Hilton Rd, Whitefield ME 04353.

May 13, 2021-"Gyrations" (Carrie Rose, David Knight, Liz Donaldson - flute, fiddle, piano - WA DC) https:www.rosearts.org https:music.davidknight.us https:www.lizdonaldson.com; Scott Higgs http://scotthiggs.com/biography.html caller; donate to them at https:paypal.me/LizDonaldson38 ; a mailing address for checks was posted at the event.

May 6, 2021-"Peregrine Road" (Rachel Bell & Karen Axelrod - VT - accordion & piano) https:rachelbellmusic.com/rachels-bands/ ; Cis Hinkle (Atlanta GA) caller; donate to them at https:rachelbellmusic.com/store ; or contact rachel@rachelbellmusic.com for the mailing address for checks (the address was posted at the event).

Apr 29, 2021-"Bandemic" (Megan & Charley Beller of "Contranella", and Jakob Raitzyk & Rebekah Geller of "The Organic Family Band" - Baltimore MD - fiddles, mandolin, guitar, feet); Michael Karcher (Seattle) caller; donate to them at https:paypal.me/meganbeller or send a check to Megan Beller, 3141 Abell Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218.

Apr 22, 2021-Tina Bergmann & Bryan Thomas (hammered dulcimer & bass) (of "Hu$hmoney Stringband") https:allroadsleadhome.com/tina-with-bryan-thomas ; Susan English caller https:www.woosterdance.com/susan-english - all Ohio; donate to them at https:allroadsleadhome.com/tip-jars/3708 or send a check to Tina Bergmann,  6370 Lakeview Dr, Ravenna, OH 44266.

Apr 15, 2021-"Hot Coffee Breakdown" (Tom Cunningham & Kate Sanders - fiddle & piano) https:fiddletales.com ; Chet Gray caller - all Louisville, KY; donate to them at https:www.paypal.me/tomthefiddler or Venmo@TOM-CUNNINGHAM-0 or send a check to Tom Cunningham, 191 N Bellaire Ave, Louisville, KY 40206.

Apr 8, 2021-Becky Tracy & Keith Murphy (Brattleboro, VT - fiddle & guitar); Lisa Greenleaf (Boston MA) caller; donate to them at https:blackislemusic.com or send a check to Keith Murphy, 104 Washington St, Brattleboro VT 05301.

Apr 1, 2021-"Audacious" (Audrey Knuth - San Diego CA & Larry Unger - Boston MA - fiddle, guitar, banjo); Claire Takemori caller; donate to them at http://paypal.me/audreyknuth or Venmo@Audrey-Knuth or send a check to Audrey Knuth, 2716 Landis Street, San Diego CA 92104.

Mar 25, 2021-Dave Bartley, Claude Ginsburg, & Brandon Vance (of "KGB" & "Contra Sutra") - fiddles, concertina, mandolin, guitar; Eric Curl caller; donate to them at http://paypal.me/davebartleymusic or Venmo@David-Bartley-26 or send a check to David Bartley,   9032 11th Ave NW, Seattle WA 98117.

Mar 18, 2021-Bethany Waickman & Glen Loper (Maine) (of "Anadama", "Riptide", "Stomp Rocket") - mandolin, banjo, guitar, & piano; Christa Torrens (Boulder CO) caller; donate to them at http://paypal.me/BWaickman or Venmo@Glen-Loper or send a check to Bethany Waickman, 49 Brackett St, Apt 2, Portland, ME 04102.

Mar 11, 2021-"Hey George!" (Brian Lindsay, Alex Sturbaum, & Jesse Partridge of "Countercurrent" & "The Waxwings" - Olympia WA - fiddle, guitar, accordion, bouzouki, banjo); Wendy Graham (Durango, CO) caller; donate to them at https:countercurrentmusic.com/tip-jar/ or send a check (the mailing address was posted at the event).

Mar 4, 2021-Casey Murray & Molly Tucker (fiddle, guitar, banjo, cello - Boston, MA) https:www.caseymurraymusic.com ; Emily 'Rainbowface' Abel (Cleveland OH) caller; donate to them at http://paypal.me/CaseyMurrayMusic or Venmo@caseymurraymusic; the mailing address for checks was posted at the event.

Feb 25, 2021-Sam Bartlett, Eric Schedler, & Jonathan Whitall (of "Supertrad" & "Cosmic Otters - mandolin, banjo, accordion, piano); Meg Dedolph caller - Bloomington IN & Chicago IL; donate to them at Venmo@Jonathan-Whitall or https:paypal.me/fiddlerpianist or send a check to Jonathan Whitall, 22W510 71st Street, Naperville, IL 60540.

Feb 18, 2021-"Terpsichore" (Elke Bake & Liz Donaldson - WA DC - fiddle& piano) http://www.elkebaker.com/Bands.htm ; Brad Foster (MA) caller; donate to them at https:paypal.me/LizDonaldson38  A mailing address for checks was posted at the event.

Feb 11, 2021-Kira Ott & Jeff Spero (S. CA- fiddle & keyboard); Mary Wesley (VT) caller; donate to them at www.PayPal.me/JeffreySpero or Venmo@Jeffrey-Spero-2 or send a check to: Jeffrey Spero, 4101 Charles Avenue, Culver City, CA 90232.

Feb 4, 2021-Rodney Miller & Rebecca King (CA) - fiddle & piano; Gaye Fifer (PA) caller Tonight we'll feature "hot roasted chestnuts" (classic dances & tunes) along with delicious new compositions! Donate to them at https:paypal.me/rodneymiller189 or send a check to Rodney Miller, 189 Argentina Flag Way, Sonoma, CA 95476.

Jan 28, 2021-"Squirrel Butter" (Charmaine Slaven & Charlie Beck - fiddle, banjo, guitar); Suzanne Girardot caller; donate to them at Venmo@Charmaine-Slaven or https:www.paypal.me/charmaineslaven or mail a check to Charlie Beck, 10624 4th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146.

Jan 21, 2021-"Box & String" (Bill Quern, Sarah Gowen, & Laura Alexander - Philadelphia, PA - mandolin, banjo, melodeon, fiddle, guitar, cello) http://www.boxandstringmusic.com ; Janine Smith (WA DC) caller; donate to them at https:www.paypal.me/WilliamQuern or send a check to Bill Quern, 817 Concord Ave, Drexel Hill PA 19026.

Jan 14, 2021-Cedar Stanistreet (VT) & Max Newman (Boston) - fiddle & guitar; Perry Shafran (WA, DC) caller; donate to them at Venmo@cedarfiddle or http://paypal.me/cedarfiddle or send a check to Cedar Stanistreet, 130 Belmont Ave, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

Jan 7, 2021-EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks (Providence RI) & Peter Zay (W. MA) - fiddle, cello, guitar https:www.emmaleeholmeshicks.com www.peterzay.com ; Tarka Ayres (Portland OR) caller; donate to them at http://paypal.me/emmaleeviolin or Venmo @EmmaLee-Holmes-Hicks or send a check to EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, 81 Sycamore St, Providence, RI 02909

Dec 31, 2020-"Sea-to-Sea" online New Years Eve celebration, across 5 time zones! Contra, English country, BalFolk dancing, concerts, games, FUN! Stay tuned, more info coming! [Our slot is 11 pm to midnight PST: "Dear Crow" (Brian Lindsay & Penka Jane Culevski); Michael Karcher caller] Donate at http://nyedance.info/tipjar.php

WED Dec 23, 2020-Klezmer Contra! with "Kesselgarden" (Laurie Andres & Carl Shutoff - accordion & clarinet); Wendy Graham (Durango, CO) caller https:sites.google.com/site/kesselgardenhomepage/ Donate to them at https:paypal.me/CarlShutoff or send a check to Carl Shutoff, 8252 43rd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

Dec 17, 2020-"Cosmic Otters" (Jonathan Whitall, Eric Schedler, Meg Dedolph - Chicago, IL & Bloomington, IN - fiddle, accordion, guitar, piano); Katie Zukof caller http://thecosmicotters.com Donate to them via Venmo @Jonathan-Whitall or https:paypal.me/fiddlerpianist or send a check to Jonathan Whitall, 22W510 71st Street, Naperville, IL 60540.

Dec 10, 2020-from Australia! "Canberra Contra Club" (Rob Mahony, David Gilks, & Sarah Davies - fiddles, Greg Wilson - box, Jackie Luke - dulcimer & piano, & Andrew Back - piano); Jeanette Mill caller https:www.facebook.com/CanberraContraClub/ All donations go to the sound techs who make online dances possible (Audrey will distribute the contributions): www.PayPal.me/audreyknuth or Venmo@Audrey-Knuth or send a check to Audrey Knuth, 2716 Landis Street, San Diego CA 92104.

Dec 3, 2020-"Audacious": Larry Unger (Boston, MA) & Audrey Knuth (San Diego, CA); Claire Takemori (CA) caller; donate to them at www.PayPal.me/audreyknuth or Venmo@Audrey-Knuth or send a check to Audrey Knuth, 2716 Landis Street, San Diego CA 92104.

WED Nov 25, 2020- Special Thanksgiving Eve Dance with Sande Gillette & Alan Roberts (of "Monday Night Live"); Seth Tepfer (Atlanta) caller; donate what you can - the musicians and caller will contribute their shares to Camp Sealth, home of the Northwest New Years Camp (Camp Sealth is super grateful for all that we can do). Send donations to https:paypal.me/alanandsande, or send a check directly (with memo NWNYC Lake City Dance 11/25) to Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, 2414 SW Andover St, Suite D-105, Seattle WA 98106. (If you donate directly to Camp Sealth, you should get a receipt that you can use for charitable contributions on taxes.)

Nov 19, 2020-Casey Murray & Molly Tucker (fiddle, guitar, banjo, cello - Boston, MA) https:www.caseymurraymusic.com ; Drew Delaware (Toronto) caller; donate to them at http://paypal.me/CaseyMurrayMusic or Venmo @caseymurraymusic; the mailing address for checks will be posted at the event.

Nov 12, 2020-Pajama party with "Pete's Posse" (Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, & Tristan Henderson - VT); Jacqui Grennan (CA) caller; donate to them at https:www.petesposse.com/donate or send a check to Pete's Posse, 2 Pavilion Ave, South Burlington VT 05403.

Nov 5, 2020-"STEAM!" (Alice Boyle, David Firestine, Robert Rosenberg, Claire Zucker - fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, banjo, concertina, bodhran - AZ & CO) http://dancetosteam.com ; Cis Hinkle (Atlanta, GA) caller; donate to them at https:www.paypal.com/paypalme/dancetosteam or send a check to Robert Rosenberg, 2234 Rainbow Ridge Road, Tucson, AZ 85745.

Oct 29, 2020-Audrey Knuth & Amy Englesberg (of "Free Raisins" & "Wake up Robin"); Susan Petrick (CA) caller; donate to them at http://paypal.me/audreyknuth or send a check to Audrey Knuth, 2716 Landis Street, San Diego CA 92104.

Oct 22, 2020-Glen Loper & Bethany Waickman - Maine (of "Stomp Rocket") on mandolin, banjo, guitar, & piano ; Mary Wesley (VT) caller; donate to them at http://paypal.me/BWaickman  or send a check to Bethany Waickman, 49 Brackett St, Apt 2, Portland, ME 04102.

Oct 15, 2020-Cedar Stanistreet & Donal Sheets (of "Cloud 10") - VT & CT; Kelsey Hartman (CA) caller; donate to them at http://paypal.me/cedarfiddle or send a check to Cedar Stanistreet, 130 Belmont Ave, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

Oct 8, 2020-Jesse Partridge & Alex Sturbaum; Cis Hinkle (Atlanta, GA) caller; donate to them at https:www.alexsturbaum.com/donate or send a check to: Alex Sturbaum, 2106 Brown St. SE, Olympia, WA, 98501.

Oct 1, 2020-Pete Sutherland & Oliver Scanlon (of "Pete's Posse") - VT; Eric Curl caller; donate to them at https:www.petesposse.com/donate or send a check to Pete's Posse, 2 Pavilion Ave, South Burlington VT 05403.

Sept 24, 2020-"Dear Crow" (Brian Lindsay of "Countercurrent" & Penka Jane Culevski of "Try-Works"); Tarka Ayres (Portland, OR) caller; donate to them at http://paypal.me/penkajane

Sept 17, 2020-"Riptide" (Alden Robinson fiddle, Glen Loper mandolin, Owen Marshall guitar - Maine) https:riptidedanceband.com; Janine Smith (MD) caller; donate to them at http://paypal.me/GlenLoper or send a check to Glen Loper, 49 Brackett St, Apt 2, Portland, ME 04102
                              
Sept 10, 2020-Special benefit dance for Jeremiah McLane: "Pachelbel's Bazooka" (Dave Bartley, Claude Ginsburg, Anita Anderson); Wendy Graham (CO) caller; donate at https:www.gofundme.com/f/a-piano-for-annemieke-mclane-spoelstra or by check to McLane Recovery Fund, United Church of Strafford Deacons, PO Box 124, Strafford VT 05072

Sept 3, 2020-"Peregrine Road" (Rachel Bell & Karen Axelrod - VT - accordion & piano https:rachelbellmusic.com/rachels-bands/); Diane Silver (NC) caller (donate to them at https:rachelbellmusic.com/store, or contact Rachel at theinstrumentplayer@yahoo.com for the mailing address for checks.

Aug 27, 2020-"Gròóvåtrøñ": Grace Hendrickson-Jones flute, Jonathan Werk oboe, Everest Witman & Samuel Royer-Legault tenor banjo & guitar (Montreal); Drew Delaware (Toronto) caller (donate to them at at https:www.paypal.me/everestwitman or send a check to Everest Witman, 11 Blakeslee Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301)

Aug 20, 2020-Laurie Andres & WB Reid (of "The Rhythm Rollers") - accordion, guitar, banjo-guitar; Suzanne Girardot caller (donate to them at http://paypal.me/wbANDbonnie or www.venmo.com/wbANDbonnie, or send a check to WB Reid, 3030 S Bradford St., Seattle WA 98108)

Aug 13, 2020-Rodney Miller (CA) & friends; Gaye Fifer (Pittsburgh, PA) caller (donate to them at www.paypal.me/rodneymiller189 or send a check to Rodney Miller, 189 Argentina Flag Way, Sonoma, CA 95476) This dance was dedicated to the memory of Mark Buettner, avid dancer and faithful volunteer, who passed suddenly on Aug 7. His obituary is at https:www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/seattle-wa/mark-buettner-9307040 and a video compilation of clips from the Lake City Contra is at https:youtu.be/eFuwrjlZOeQ

Aug 6, 2020-Rich Sobel (of "The Sybaritic String Band") & Janet Rozanski - fiddle & piano (Vancouver BC); Rich Goss (Portland OR) caller (donate to them at https:www.paypal.com/paypalme/rsobelfusion or send a check to Rich Sobel, 1027 Gatensbury Rd, Port Moody, BC, Canada V3H 2P3)

July 30, 2020-"The Whoots" (Shira Kammen & Jim Oakden - SF Bay Area, CA - fiddle & piano +); Eric Black (CA) caller (donate to them at www.paypal.me/shirakammen or send a check to Shira Kammen, 5607 Macdonald Avenue, El Cerrito CA 94530

July 23, 2020-George Paul & Rob Zisette (NC); Michael Karcher caller (donate to them at www.PayPal.me/rosesforanna or venmo@georgepaulmusic or send a check to George Paul, 2812 Messer Rd, Valdese, NC 28690 New CD is available at www.georgepaulmusic.com!

July 16, 2020-Betsy Branch & Mark Douglass; William Watson caller (all Portland, OR); (donate to them at venmo@Betsy-Branch-2 or www.paypal.me/alanandsande, or send a check to Betsy Branch, 2237 SE Ash St, Portland OR 97214)

July 9, 2020-Ryan McKasson & Jeff Spero (of "The Syncopaths") - WA & CA; Jacqui Grennan (CA) caller (donate to them at www.PayPal.me/JeffreySpero or Venmo@Jeffrey-Spero-2 or send a check to: Jeffrey Spero, 4101 Charles Avenue, Culver City, CA 90232)

July 2, 2020-"Pete's Posse" (Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, & Tristan Henderson - VT); Adam Carlson caller (donate to them at https:www.petesposse.com/donate or send a check made out to Pete's Posse, 2 Pavilion Ave, South Burlington VT 05403)

June 25,2020-Dante & Eros Faulk (of "The Reds") - Olympia WA; Claire Takemori (CA) caller (donate to them at www.paypal.me/dfaulk1 or venmo@DanteFaulk or send a check to Dante Faulk, 3105 Glen Ayre Lane NW, Olympia WA 98502)

June 18, 2020-"Eloise & Co." (Rachel Bell & Becky Tracy - Brattleboro, VT); Seth Tepfer (Atlanta, GA) caller (donate to them at https:rachelbellmusic.com/store/ or www.blackislemusic.com or send a check to Rachel Bell, 15 Reynolds Dr. Apt 1, Brattleboro VT 05301)

June 11, 2020-Sande Gillette, Alan Roberts, & Kern Gillette (of "Monday Night Live") with caller Seth Tepfer (Atlanta GA); (donations to CDSS will be matched via PayPal.me/alanandsande or send a check directly to CDSS, 116 Pleasant St, Suite 345, Easthampton MA 01027-2759)

June 4, 2020-"Countercurrent" (Alex Sturbaum & Brian Lindsay) with caller Susan Michaels (donate to them at http://countercurrentmusic.com/tip-jar/ or by check to 2126 N 86th St, Seattle, 98103.)

May 28, 2020-Audrey Knuth & Ben Jaber (CA Bay Area) with caller Isaac Banner (donate to them at www.PayPal.me/audreyknuth OR Venmo @Audrey-Knuth OR by check to 2716 Landis Street, San Diego CA 92104)

May 21, 2020-"Dear Crow" (Brian Lindsay of "Countercurrent" & Penka Jane Culevski of "Try-Works") with caller Noah Grunzweig (Portland) (donate to them at www.PayPal.me/penkajane or contact at https:www.facebook.com/dearcrow/)

May 14, 2020-WB Reid & Bonnie Zahnow with caller Michael Karcher (donate to them at www.PayPal.me/wbANDbonnie)


Here are some hints for contra dancing with imaginary friends ("ghosts"), especially if you are dancing solo:

In your room, decide where is up the hall (usually where the music is) and across the set.

If you have difficulty following the calls without other people there, relax - you can still do the moves, and not worry where in the imaginary set you end up. Miss a move - so what? You won't throw anyone else off.

You may get dizzy while "swinging". Hold your arms up in imaginary ballroom position, and focus on your hand (in place of a partner's face).

To keep track of which role you are in (if that matters to you), end a (virtual) swing holding the (virtual) hand of the (virtual) person you (virtually) swung with.

If there is a couple on the screen walking through the dance, it is easier if you align yourself with the person dancing the same role as yourself.

You can "pin" another dancer, if you are using a tablet or mobile phone it will feel like you are dancing with them. We enable multiple pinning!

Looking forward to seeing you! Virtual hugs, and stay well - Sherry

Continue to take precautions, and check for health updates: https:www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx Please help the musicians by contributing what you can, and purchasing their recordings directly from them or at online sites like bandcamp. Be safe, stay healthy.


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Last modified 11/27/21.
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