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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.

Schedule of bands and callers:


Apr 3-Here is a rare treat! "3 Fiddles, 3 Traditions": Kristian Bugge (Denmark), Jamie Fox (Metis), & Ruthie Dornfeld (USA) presenting wonderful music in a Scandinavian format, honed especially for contras. Jay Finkelstein calls great dances to enhance the experience!

Apr 10-"La Famille Léger" (Louis accordion & fiddle, Devon fiddle & foot percussion (les pieds), Dejah piano, guitar & les pieds, and Barbara guitar) keeps the rich tradition of dance music of Acadia and French Canada vitally alive! ; Cheerful caller Cindy Holmes turns the happy dial all the way up.

Apr 17-"BAM!" (Brandon Vance on fiddle, Marni Rachmiel on flute & sax, & Anita Anderson on piano) casts a spell on the dance floor that you certainly won't want to miss. Caller Gaye Fifer (Charlottesville, VA) enchants us with a sparkling selection of dances!

Apr 24-The délicieux Quebecois music of "Group du Jour" (Clyde Curley, David Cahn, Bill Meyer, & Jerry Gallaher on fiddle, button accordion, banjo, & piano) is our tasty treat of the week! Caller Mary Devlin (Portland) spices it up just right.

May 1-Susan Burke (fiddle) & Eric Anderson (piano) know exactly how to move our hearts and our feet with their fingers on 4 strings, a bow, and 88 keys. Astute new caller Craig Wolfe chooses oh-so-satisfying and stimulating contras!

May 8-"Contra Sutra" (Ryan McKasson, Marni Rachmiel, Dave Bartley, & Russell S on fiddle, flute, sax, guitar, mandolin, cittern, & percussion) takes us all the way to dance nirvana! Delightful caller Andrea Nettleton from Atlanta GA guides our journey.

May 15-Karen Iglitzin, Roger Nelson, & Ariana Nelson (fiddle, piano, cello) bring lovely and diverse elements of classical (and Chinese!) music to their original compositions and traditional dance repertoire. Betsey Mullen calls a pleasing selection of tasteful and whimsical contras.

May 22-Launch your NW Folklife weekend with the big, exciting sound of Seattle's "Contra Cafe' Orchestra": Claude Ginsburg, Dave Bartley, Toby Hanson, Rev. Eric Likkel, & Terry Wergeland on violin & electric violin, guitar, mandolin, sax, clarinet, cornet, accordion, piano, & bass!!! Perennial favorite caller David Kaynor (Montague, MA) lights the fuse.

May 29-"The Rhythm Rollers" (Cathie Whitesides, Laurie Andres, & WB Reid on fiddle, accordion, guitar, banjo, & piano) set us sailing off on oceans of wonderful music, just right for dancing. Don't miss the rare appearance of Boston's consummate caller Tony Parkes at the helm!

June 5-"The Crabapples" (Bob Silberstein, Marta Lynch, Norm Cotton, Teresa Fife – Monterey, CA - fiddles, mandolin, piano, doumbek, bass) ; Jean Gibson-Gorrindo (Los Osos, CA) caller

June 12-"Ratnip" (Howard Booster, Caroline McCaskey, Alan Snyder, Kristen Falk - Portland - fiddles, keyboard, percussion); Susan Petrick caller

June 19-"Steam!" (Alice Boyle, Dave Firestine, Claire Jamieson Zucker, Robert Rosenberg – Tucson AZ & Manhattan KS - fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, bodhran, guitar) Deb Comly (Flagstaff AZ) caller

June 26-"The Olympia Volunteer String Band" (20 musicians led by Jesse Partridge); Mariah Pepper caller

July 3- TBA; Amy Wimmer caller

July 10-"The Wisenheimers" (Alan Snyder & Dave Goldman – Portland - fiddle & piano); Laurel Thomas (Portland) caller

July 17-"Hippies Up The Danube" (Hank Bradley, Cathie Whitesides, WB Reid, Laurie Andres, Amy Carroll - fiddles, guitar, banjo, accordion, piano); Kelsey Hartman (CA) caller

July 24-"Les Fabulous Girls du Ouest Coast"

July 31- no dance (hall is unavailable)

SAT AUG 2- SPECIAL SATURDAY NIGHT CONTRA DANCE following the Lake City Community Center's Salmon Bake!

Aug 7-"Toad Mountain Ramblers" (Mike Schway, Dave Nerad, Clyde Curley – Bellingham – fiddle, banjo, guitar)

Aug 14-TBA

Aug 21-"The Contra Quartet" (Jesse Partridge on fiddle, Jay Finkelstein on guitar, Julie Bennett on percussion, & Steve Cifka on cello - Olympia);

Aug 28-"Perpetual e-Motion" (Ed Howe & John Cote' – Maine – fiddle, guitar, electronics); Will Mentor (VT) caller

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

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Last modified 04/09/14.