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2023 Corvallis Contra Weekend

February 17, 18, 19

Two bands, two callers

Corvallis, Oregon

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The Talent

Bands

Elixir (NorthEastern US)
Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes.
Countercurrent (Seattle)
A powerhouse acoustic duo based in Seattle WA, featuring fiddle, guitar, harmony vocals, and foot percussion.

Alex Sturbaum and Brian Lindsay display a musical fluency that comes from a decade of playing together at contra dances, concert halls, jam sessions, festivals, bars, and living rooms all across the continent. When dancers and listeners experience the blend of lyrical melodies, groovy chords, thumping percussion, and vocal harmonies all simultaneously, the reaction is usually “How does so much music come from just two people?!”

Callers

Nils Fredland (Vermont)
Nils Fredland has been calling dances with admirable skill and infectious energy since 2000. Respected for his expertise as a teacher and caller, sensitive leadership, and generosity, Nils is one of the busiest and most sought-after callers in the business. He draws on a large and varied repertoire of dances, presenting material from centuries-old "chestnuts" to cutting-edge contemporary choreography.
Jacqui Grennan (Los Angeles, CA)
Jacqui Grennan is a contra dance caller, choreographer, and dance organizer in the Los Angeles contra dance scene.
A fixture in the Los Angeles contra dance community since 2010, Jacqui currently calls at contra dances around the nation and in her home community of Los Angeles, CA. Jacqui produced and organized the 3rd Saturday contra dance series held at the Woman's Club of South Pasadena, CA, from 2014 to 2016.

Sound

Alan Roberts (Seattle, WA)
Alan is a fiddle player (plays with Southwest Passage) and dancer in addition to being an excellent sound man. He is aware of the nuances that make us all happy, and is able to provide a great experience for the callers, band members and dancers.

Paper form: You may print a generic registration form to register for the dance weekend if you prefer paper to electronic means.

Schedule: There will be dance workshops featuring Contra, more Contra and perhaps some other dancing. Also several music workshops led by members of the bands. There are also plenty of opportunities for some open walzing, jamming, socializing and whatever you want.

Larks and robins? Teaching and calling will use the gender neutral terms "Larks" (dancer on the left) and "Robins" (dancer on the right. If you haven't been dancing with these tags yet, you will probably encounter them soon. Now is your chance to spend a whole weekend immersed in this calling style.

Facilities: Contra dance sessions take place in Gatton Hall at the First United Congregational Church of Christ, 4515 SW West Hills Road in Corvallis (no change from previous years). This hall has a nice wood floor, recently refinished, so it is important to wear very clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. There will be open waltzing at the Corvallis Elks Lodge, 1400 NW 9th St (enter on NW Grant) on Sunday morning.

Sunday waltzing: There is waltzing available on Sunday morning, with music by a pickup band of weekend dancers and community musicians with a variety of skill levels. All musicians welcome!

NOTE: This is a fragrance-free event. Please do not use cologne, perfume; or scented deodorants, soaps or other grooming products. We will provide scent-free hand soap at the dance venues.

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Whether you register online or by sending the form, you must also send full payment for all dancers in your sign-up group. We offer a limited number of half-price grants for those who might not otherwise be able to come. Simply answer "Yes" to the question about wanting a grant during the sign-up process.

As soon as we can, but no later than early December, we will generate a list of dancers to admit. This will be done so as to give folks who register early an advantage, but if the dance has filled, there will also be a random component. We do admit dancers so as to "role-balance" the camp, so you might be wait-listed even if the dance isn't quite full. When you register we'll ask your preferred role: "lead", "follow" or "both". An email telling your status will be sent as soon as we know or no later than December 21st.

If you do not hear from us by December 28th, please double check your spam folder, then check with us at cfs.dance.registrar@CorvallisFolklore.org or 541 250 0213.

If you need a quick response, perhaps because you need to make travel plans, please mention it in the comments section of the application form (it can't hurt to contact us too). We enjoy meeting folks from outside our immediate community and will do what we can to help.

We will assume you have your notification unless we hear otherwise from you!

Late Applicants: You will be added to the waiting list. Your checks will be held until you are accepted.

Cancellation: We will refund admission less $10.00 if cancelled at least 10 days prior to the dance. After that date, the full fee may be retained: We will attempt to fill vacancies from our waiting list and issue refunds at our discretion. Please do not find your own replacement. Please do not bring illness to share with other dancers. Let us know if that is the reason for your cancellation.

Housing: Please arrange your own housing. Contact information to facilitate home-stay arrangements is here: http://CorvallisFolklore.org/ccw/housing (you must be registered at CorvallisFolklore.org/ccw and be signed up for the weekend to see details). For a comprehensive listing of Corvallis hotels, motels and campgrounds, visit The Corvallis visitors' bureau lodging website.

Eating: Potluck meals and snacks are being discussed in light of Covid issues. Probably you will need to find your own meals.

For more information Contact Karen and Frank: cfs.dance.registrar@CorvallisFolklore.org or 541 250 0213

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