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Corvallis Contra Weekend Talent for 2020


Stomp Rocket (New England)
Beacoup de stomping pour le contra danse
Joyride (Portland, OR)

Joyride is a Portland Oregon contra dance band known for fun, skilled play, tune sets carefully tailored to dances, and well-phrased melodies and harmonies set in a danceable groove. George Penk’s rich, compelling fiddle, Erik Weberg’s deft flute, harmonica and bombarde, Sue Songer’s heartbeat piano and Jeff Kerssen-Griep’s vital guitar and percussion provide modern and traditional tunes for dances, weekends and festivals throughout the year.
This band loves creating a great experience for everyone, every time. Come catch a lift with Joyride!

Here are some Youtube links to video of Joyride playing at Balance the Bay dance weekend in July, 2012.  Video shot by David Pokorney:


Lindsey Dono (Tacoma, WA)
Lindsey Dono delights in sharing her love of dance with an ever-expanding network of contra family. Known for serene and sunny instruction, Lindsey transforms newcomers into avid regulars while keeping veterans piqued with sophisticated programming. A dancer for more than twenty years, Lindsey incorporates knowledge of waltz, lindy hop, blues, jazz, and ballet to lead a variety of workshops. Lindsey has called many dances around the NW, sometimes with almost no warning... She's popular with dancers, a great dance teacher and works very hard to provide great, smooth, interesting dances that leave you happier than you started!
Sarah VanNorstrand (New York)
Sarah has been calling for contra dances since 2006 and dancing since she was a teenager. She regularly calls at the Syracuse dance, as well as dances and dance weekends across the country. Sarah's repertoire includes a wide variety of contra dances as well as squares and party dances. She enjoys working with everyone from first-time dancers to decades-long contra veterans. Above all, her goal as a caller is to make sure the dancers are having as much fun as the caller! "I love dancing, community, and music and I always try to communicate that enthusiasm in my calling." Sara has called at dozens of dance weekends from Ontario (Owen Sound Dance Weekend) to Texas (Fireant Frolic) to the Chicago Dance Weekend to California (Fiddling Frog) and many more.


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.