Contra in The Couve!

2nd Friday Contra Dance
Vancouver, WA


Our next dance is Friday, June 10th

Hazel Dell Grange, 7509 NE Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver WA

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What is contra dancing?

Our 4th Anniversary dance, December, 2014.
Music by Lisa Ornstein and Carl Thor; David Kaynor calls - and plays!
Video by Frank Poliat.

More videos:

Flash Mob Contra at the Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair, Esther Short Park, September, 2013.
Music by Talisman; Noah Grunzweig calls.
Video by Rob Hoffman.

About Contra in the Couve!

We contra dance in Vancouver (WA) on the second Friday of every month at the Hazel Dell Grange, 7509 NE Hazel Dell Ave. This fine, roomy dance hall has a great wood floor and an easy-to-find location, with plenty of parking, just a few blocks from I-5, Exit 4. We welcome new and experienced dancers alike, and we invite you to come and dance with us!

What the heck is contra dancing? Contra dancing is an American social dance tradition dating back to the colonial period. It's fun, interactive, easy to learn, great exercise, and has nothing to do with Nicarauga. Some say that if you can walk, you can contra dance, because there is no fancy footwork involved. Contra dance is not country line dancing, nor is it square dancing. But contra is square's Yankee cousin and, like square dancing, it is prompted by a caller. So if you've ever done square dance, contra will seem familiar to you — but no fancy outfit is required! To learn more about contra dancing, check out Gary Shapiro's informative page.

No experience needed. All dances are taught. Come alone or with a partner.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Always live music!

Please wear soft-soled shoes, free of grit from outside. Shoes with leather or suede soles, or dance sneakers make for easier turning.
The dance floor and your feet will be happier. Thanks!

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Next up:

The Quarks, with
Rich Goss calling

Friday, June 10, 2016, 7:30 - 11:00 pm

at the Hazel Dell Grange,
7509 NE Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver WA

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The Quarks

    The Quarks: Terry, Betsy, Bill

Rich Goss

   Rich Goss

Some great Northwest contra dance talents return to our stage on Friday, June 10 as Rich Goss calls the dances to music by The Quarks. Don't miss it!

It has been two years -- far too long! -- since The Quarks played at our dance. Betsy Branch (fiddle, guitar), Bill Tomczak (clarinet, saxophone, percussion) and Terry Wergeland (piano, accordion) make an exciting and delightful combination. With their mix of instruments and improvisatory natures, you never know what to expect from this trio, and their delight in playing together translates directly to the dance floor. Offstage, they love to pontificate about the mysteries of the universe, like how 3 quarks come together to form a particle.

Rich Goss, the soft-spoken and patient Texas transplant, has a gift for teaching and a repertoire of great dances developed through years of calling from Canada to the Gulf coast and across the U.S. He always creates a satisfying dance evening by choosing just the right dances to keep experienced dancers happy while providing a welcoming entry point for beginners.

Friday, June 10
Hazel Dell Grange, 7509 NE Hazel Dell Ave.
Lesson at 7:30pm, dance 8:00 - 11:00 pm
Admission: $7 / $5 for 65 or over, and under 12

Special note for Portland contra dancers:
We are only 10 miles from downtown Portland and we have some of the best bands and callers in the region at our dances. Many of your friends have already discovered how easy it is to get here and how much fun we are having!

Friday traffic got you down? Try waiting until 7:30 or 8:00 to head north.
Or come with a friend before 6pm, use the carpool lane through N. Portland, and have dinner in “the Couve.”

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Contra in The Couve! Schedule

Date Caller Music
Oct. 9, 2015 Lindsey Dono (Tacoma) Coriolis (Portland)
Nov. 13, 2015 Gordy Euler (Portland) The Euphemists (Portland)
Dec. 11, 2015
Our 5th Anniversary!
David Kaynor (Montague, MA) Lightning: Laura Light (Charlottesville, VA) & Anita Anderson (Seattle)
Jan. 8, 2016 Amy Carroll (Seattle) Lanjovic (Portland)
Feb. 12, 2016 Ric Goldman (Portland) Dave Goldman, Ellen Hansen and Todd Silverstein, of the band Zephyr (Portland)
Mar. 11, 2016
Part of the Cascade Promenade weekend.
Karen Marshall (Anacortes) Countercurrent (Bellingham/Seattle)
Apr. 8, 2016 Carol Piening (Olympia) Talisman Duo: Lori Prime & Carl Thor (Portland/Vancouver)
May 13, 2016 Noah Grunzweig (Portland) The Hat Band (Portland/Vancovuer)
June 10, 2016 Rich Goss (Battle Ground WA) The Quarks (Portland/Seattle)
July 8, 2016 Tarka Ayres (Portland) Contra Swings (Coos Bay, OR / Ridgefield WA)
Aug. 12, 2016 TBA TBA
Sep. 9, 2016 TBA TBA
Oct. 14, 2016 TBA TBA
Nov. 11, 2016 TBA TBA
Dec. 9, 2016 TBA TBA

Always the 2nd Friday.

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Contact us

We are committed to the enjoyment and safety of all in our dance community. Click here to view our Safe Dancing Policy. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. You can talk to an organizer at the dance, write a comment in our guest book at the dance, or contact us by email to info 'at' contra-van-wa 'dot' org. If you email, please include your phone number if you would like to speak with a dance organizer.

Join our mailing list to receive e-mail reminders of Vancouver contra dances. Please sign up here:

Bands and callers, if you are interested in playing or calling for a future Vancouver contra dance, please send an e-mail to booking 'at' contra-van-wa 'dot' org with information about your band or your calling.

Please send feedback on our web site to webmaster 'at' contra-van-wa 'dot' org.

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How can I help?

Putting on a contra dance really is a group effort, and there are many ways you can get involved to help keep this dance series going strong. Here are a few of the valuable and important contributions you might make:

To volunteer or to learn more about how you can help, please email info 'at' contra-van-wa 'dot' org.

And here's something you can do right now! Just download the Flyer for our next dance, print two or three copies, and post them at your workplace, church, school, favorite cafe, or neighborhood bulletin board. Or, better yet, give one to a friend and invite him or her to come to the next dance.

Thank you for your ongoing support of this dance series!

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Directions to Hazel Dell Grange

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Videos: Contra Dance Training for Beginning Dancers

The Chattahoochee Country Dancers in Atlanta, GA, have produced a great series of contra dance instructional videos. If you are new to contra dancing, these short videos offer an opportunity for you to review some of the basics, away from the dance floor. Then you can have even more fun the next time you come to a dance. The YouTube versions are listed below. CCD also has a very informative page for new dancers at their web site.

  1. Introduction - Watch this first
  2. Two Dancers
  3. Four Dancers or Hands Four
  4. A Contra Line & Progression
  5. Come Dance With Us
  6. A Called Dance #1
  7. A Called Dance #2
  8. Tips for New Dancers
  9. Contra Video Credits
  10. Welcome New Dancers -- Susan Davis
  11. Welcome New Dancers -- Rob Harper

CCD also offers a higher resolution DVD version of these videos.



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