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Events in October 2023

  • Contra Remix: Gender-free Queer-friendly DJ'd contra dancing

    Contra Remix: Gender-free Queer-friendly DJ'd contra dancing


    Sun Oct 1, 2023

    Contra Remix is back, with caller and DJ Noah Grunzweig!

    This is a queer loving space that supports the expression, exploration, and rejection of gender & sex identities. The terms used to identify partnered positioning in our dance are Larks and Robins.

    Community welcome and newcomers' lesson at 6:30; dance 7-10

    Admission: $6-$20 sliding scale

    Location: Norse Hall, upstairs - 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland

    Covid policy: Masks required

    More details at ContraRemix.com 

    111 NE 11th Av
    Portland, Oregon 97232
    503-972-3329
  • Special MONDAY Contra IN CORVALLIS: Countercurrent [Olympia] w/Michael Karcher - MASKS REQUIRED FOR THIS DANCE

    Special MONDAY Contra IN CORVALLIS: Countercurrent [Olympia] w/Michael Karcher - MASKS REQUIRED FOR THIS DANCE


    Mon Oct 2, 2023

    Countercurrent will host a special MONDAY dance in CORVALLIS to celebrate the release of their new CD! The band includes Alex Sturbaum (guitar, accordion, vocals) and Brian Lindsay (fiddle, banjo, foot percussion, vocals). Pennsylvania caller Michael Karcher [formerly of Seattle] will call dances using gender-neutral terms.

    Masks will be required at this particular dance, for the safety and comfort of the musicians and callers, and due to the likelihood of dancers attending from out of town. Thank you for helping to keep our dance community safely dancing! For more information on attendance requirements and other precautions, please see our current COVID-19 policy here, to be further updated soon.

    7:00 pm newcomer/refresher lesson
    7:30 pm dancing starts
    10:30 dancing ends
    Some dancers head to a pub for "afters" -- all are welcome!

    [The CFS Website doesn't actually list a location, but I presume it will take place in their regular hall!]

  • Special TUESDAY Contra: Countercurrent [Olympia] w/Koren wake [Seattle] - MASKS REQUIRED FOR THIS DANCE

    Special TUESDAY Contra: Countercurrent [Olympia] w/Koren wake [Seattle] - MASKS REQUIRED FOR THIS DANCE


    Tue Oct 3, 2023

    Countercurrent will host a special TUESDAY dance at the Fulton community center to celebrate the release of their new CD! The band includes Alex Sturbaum (guitar, accordion, vocals) and Brian Lindsay (fiddle, banjo, foot percussion, vocals). Seattle caller Koren Wake will call dances using gender-neutral terms.

    MASKS REQUIRED FOR THIS DANCE!  We will continue to monitor potential exposures at PCDC events and adjust policies as needed. Refer to the PCDC Covid policy for details.

    7:00 pm newcomer/refresher lesson
    7:30 pm dancing starts
    10:30 dancing ends
    Some dancers head to a pub for "afters" -- all are welcome!

     

  • Joyride 1st Wednesday contra dance with caller Jesse Partridge

    Joyride 1st Wednesday contra dance with caller Jesse Partridge


    Wed Oct 4, 2023

    Joyride 1st Wednesday contra dance

    Caller: Jesse Partridge

    Mask-optional

    https://joyride.erikweberg.com/

     

    Polish Hall (Portland Polonia)
    3832 N Interstate Av
    Portland, Oregon 97227
    503-281-7352
  • SALEM Community Dance: The Pringle Creek Band w/Shell Stowell

    SALEM Community Dance: The Pringle Creek Band w/Shell Stowell


    Thu Oct 5, 2023

    The Salem Folklore Community continues their First Thursdays Community Dance series in 2023. They will hold their next dance from 6:30 to 9:00 at the VFW Hall (630 Hood St. NE).  Masks and vaccinations recommended, but not required.  They hope to create a welcoming atmosphere for both new and experienced dancers, with circles, squares, and contras designed to foster success and fun for all.

    Shell Stowell will call. The Pringle Creek band will play.

    Admission is on a sliding scale, $5-10 per person, cash only at the door.

    Newcomer session at 6 pm

    Dancing 6:30-9:00 pm

    For more info contact salemfolklore@gmail.com.

     

    Salem VFW Hall
    630 Hood Street NE
    Salem, Oregon 97301
  • (MASK REQUIRED) PCDC Friday Night English Dance: David Macemon Calling with Lisa Scott, Leslie Hirsch, Laura Kuhlman, Ron Dann

    (MASK REQUIRED) PCDC Friday Night English Dance: David Macemon Calling with Lisa Scott, Leslie Hirsch, Laura Kuhlman, Ron Dann


    Fri Oct 6, 2023

    MASK Required Dance 

     Per PCDC Guidelines: Vaccinations/boosters are no longer being verified and new attendees no longer have to compete a waiver.   Well-fitting masks are required for all, except the caller and musicians when they are on the stage.

    Dancing starts at 7:30. 

    Newcomers are always welcome.  We waive the admission fee the first time you attend.  An introductory session is available at 7:15 upon request.

    No street shoes permitted beyond entryway.  Only clean soled shoes permitted on the dance floor.

    No partner required

     Admission:  Sliding Scale.  Pay what you can. Recommended range $7.00 - $15.00

    For more information about English Dance, please see: https://portlandcountrydance.org/english-country-dance/ 

    If you test positive for COVID after attending a PCDC event, please email igotcovid@portlandcountrydance.org to tell us when you tested positive, what event you attended, and any symptoms you might want to mention.  We will never reveal your identity.

    Questions?  Email our English Dance Committee Chairperson

     Location: Burlingame Water Tower Dance Hall
    8936 SW 17th Av
    Portland, Oregon 97219

     

    Burlingame Water Tower Dance Hall
    8936 SW 17th Av
    Portland, Oregon 97219
  • 1st Saturday Contra with The Stage Crew and Noah Grunzweig

    1st Saturday Contra with The Stage Crew and Noah Grunzweig


    Sat Oct 7, 2023

    The Stage Crew is: Lori Shaffer, fiddle; Sue Songer, fiddle and piano; Lanny Martin accordion and piano

    Noah Grunzweig will use robins/larks role terms

    Newcomers'session at 7:00; dance from 7:30 - 10:30

    Admission: $6 - $20 sliding scale

    Masks are optional. Proof of Covid vaccine is no longer required.

    All are welcome! No partner or experience needed.

  • (MASKS REQUIRED) PCDC 2nd Sunday English Dance for experienced dancers: Fine Companions and friends

    (MASKS REQUIRED) PCDC 2nd Sunday English Dance for experienced dancers: Fine Companions and friends


    Sun Oct 8, 2023

    If you test positive for COVID after attending a PCDC event, please email igotcovid@portlandcountrydance.org to tell us when you tested positive, what event you attended, and any symptoms you might want to mention.  We will never reveal your identity.

     Per PCDC Guidelines: For everyone's safety and comfort all must be vaccinated and boosted (if eligible), sign a waiver and provide contact information. Well fitting masks are required for all, except the caller and musicians when they are on the stage.
    Please click here for the PCDC COVID Safety guidelines for the English Dance.

    The 2nd Sunday English Dance for Experienced Dancers is an opportunity to dance to the music of Fine Companions (and Friends).

    The dances will be a balance of familiar dances and unfamiliar dances.

    The callers will encourage dancers to incorporate style points such as quality of movement, timing, transitions and dancing with the music.

    We ask that dancers be comfortable dancing standard English Dance figures including:
    - Heys in various orientations
    - Regular and Double figure eights
    - Triple minor progressions
    - Dancing with couples outside of your group of 4
    - Straight and draw poussettes.

    If you are not familiar with these figures we recommend that you attend the PCDC Friday Night English Dance to become comfortable with these figures before attending the 2nd Sunday English Dance for Experienced Dancers. (Note: No street shoes permitted beyond the entrance of the Renaissance School )

    For more information about English Dance, please see: https://portlandcountrydance.org/english-country-dance/ 

    Questions?  Email our English Dance Committee Chairperson

    Admission: Sliding Scale $10 - $15.

    Location: A Renaissance School of Arts and Science Ballroom
    234 S Bancroft St
    Portland, OR 97239

  • PCDC PDX Contra Committee meeting

    PCDC PDX Contra Committee meeting


    Mon Oct 9, 2023

    The Portland Contra Committee meets (usually) on 2nd Monday's to support the needs of Contra dance events and dancers.

    Meeting locations vary and may be online.  Meetings are open to all PCDC members.  If interested in attending, volunteering, or would like a Zoom link, please email contra-chair@portlandcountrydance.org.

    Online - contact organizer for access
  • FREE! Contra Tunes Taught by Betsy Branch

    FREE! Contra Tunes Taught by Betsy Branch


    Thu Oct 12, 2023

    Contra dance tunes taught by ear.  All melody instruments, all levels welcome!

    Teacher: Betsy Branch 

    Time: 7-9pm (arrive in time to be tuned and ready to learn at 7:00)

    Location: Private residence in SE Portland (email sharonjeanallen@yahoo.com for the address)

    Now free of charge!  No cost to participants!

    We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month to learn tunes by George Penk or Betsy Branch, alternating between SW and SE Portland.  The focus is on developing a common repertoire to play by ear at 5th Sat. Open Band and at community jam sessions. Repeated monthly schedule through Spring:

    ||: George | Betsy | jam :||

    For location details and to get on the email announcement list:

    sharonjeanallen@yahoo.com

    For more info and an archive of tunes:

    PCDC Sessions (google.com)

  • (MASK OPTIONAL ) PCDC Friday Night English Dance: Erik Weberg Calling with Erica Liebert, Meg Tapley, Landon Kuhn, Lisa Scott

    (MASK OPTIONAL ) PCDC Friday Night English Dance: Erik Weberg Calling with Erica Liebert, Meg Tapley, Landon Kuhn, Lisa Scott


    Fri Oct 13, 2023

    MASK Optional Dance 

     Per PCDC Guidelines: Vaccinations/boosters are no longer being verified and new attendees no longer have to compete a waiver.   Well-fitting masks are required for all, except the caller and musicians when they are on the stage.

    Dancing starts at 7:30. 

    Newcomers are always welcome.  We waive the admission fee the first time you attend.  An introductory session is available at 7:15 upon request.

    No street shoes permitted beyond entryway.  Only clean soled shoes permitted on the dance floor.

    No partner required

     Admission:  Sliding Scale.  Pay what you can. Recommended range $7.00 - $15.00

    For more information about English Dance, please see: https://portlandcountrydance.org/english-country-dance/ 

    If you test positive for COVID after attending a PCDC event, please email igotcovid@portlandcountrydance.org to tell us when you tested positive, what event you attended, and any symptoms you might want to mention.  We will never reveal your identity.

    Questions?  Email our English Dance Committee Chairperson

     Location: Burlingame Water Tower Dance Hall
    8936 SW 17th Av
    Portland, Oregon 97219

     

    Burlingame Water Tower Dance Hall
    8936 SW 17th Av
    Portland, Oregon 97219
  • PCDC 2nd Saturday Contra: Riff Raff [Olympia] w/Rich Goss

    PCDC 2nd Saturday Contra: Riff Raff [Olympia] w/Rich Goss


    Sat Oct 14, 2023

    Our Saturday night series at Fulton Hall continues! Riff Raff will head down from Olympia to make music for us. Rich Goss will use gender-neutral terms.

    Covid precautions are suspended indefinitely!  We will continue to monitor potential exposures at PCDC events and adjust policies as needed. Refer to the PCDC Covid policy for details.

    7:00 pm newcomer/refresher lesson
    7:30 pm dancing starts
    10:30 dancing ends
    Some dancers head to a pub for "afters" -- all are welcome!

  • (Mask OPTIONAL) Portland English Ball Workshop: Erik Weberg calling with Betsy Branch, Bill Tomczak Erik Weberg and Lisa Scott

    (Mask OPTIONAL) Portland English Ball Workshop: Erik Weberg calling with Betsy Branch, Bill Tomczak Erik Weberg and Lisa Scott


    Sun Oct 15, 2023

     

    You do not need to be registered for the Ball in order to attend this Ball workshop.  Erik will be teaching some of the more difficult dances on the program, as well as some of the more common dances.

    For more information about the Ball please visit the website.

    Time: 3:00p-5:00p

    Location:
    A Renaissance School
    234 S Bancoft St
    Portland, OR 97239

    Suggested donation is $10 - $15

    NOTE: We want to protect the floor, so please be sure to bring dancing shoes or warm socks.

    The ball workshops are designed for learning the dances on the ball program and are not intended to be an introduction to English country dance. Each of these workshops will focus on different ball dances and styling tips. Familiarity with English figures and geography will be assumed at the workshops.

    If you are new to English country dance, please attend the PCDC Friday Night English Dance as often as possible prior to participating in the workshops.

     

  • PCDC Board Meeting

    PCDC Board Meeting


    Tue Oct 17, 2023

    The PCDC Board meets (usually) on the 3rd Tuesday of the month to address tactical and strategic issues facing the organization.

    Meeting locations vary.  Meetings are open to all PCDC members.  If interested in attending, contact us or email board at portlandcountrydance dot org.

    Online - contact organizer for access
  • DIFFERENT LOCATION (MASK REQUIRED) PCDC Friday Night English Dance: Members of the CDSS Exec committee Calling with Norman Farrell, Michael Bean, Robbin Marcus, Erica Liebert

    DIFFERENT LOCATION (MASK REQUIRED) PCDC Friday Night English Dance: Members of the CDSS Exec committee Calling with Norman Farrell, Michael Bean, Robbin Marcus, Erica Liebert


    Fri Oct 20, 2023

    MASK REQUIRED Dance 

    This weeks Dance will be held at
    Christ Church Episcopal Parish
    1060 Chandler Rd, Lake Oswego, OR

     Per PCDC Guidelines: Vaccinations/boosters are no longer being verified and new attendees no longer have to compete a waiver.   Well-fitting masks are required for all, except the caller and musicians when they are on the stage.

    Dancing starts at 7:30. 

    Newcomers are always welcome.  We waive the admission fee the first time you attend.  An introductory session is available at 7:15 upon request.

    No street shoes permitted beyond entryway.  Only clean soled shoes permitted on the dance floor.

    No partner required

     Admission:  Sliding Scale.  Pay what you can. Recommended range $7.00 - $15.00

    For more information about English Dance, please see: https://portlandcountrydance.org/english-country-dance/ 

    If you test positive for COVID after attending a PCDC event, please email igotcovid@portlandcountrydance.org to tell us when you tested positive, what event you attended, and any symptoms you might want to mention.  We will never reveal your identity.

    Questions?  Email our English Dance Committee Chairperson

     Location: Christ Church Episcopal Parish
    1060 Chandler Rd, Lake Oswego, OR

     

    Christ Church Episcopal Parish
    1060 Chandler Rd
    Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • 3rd Saturday Contra: Countercurrent Plus [Olympia] with Eric Curl [Seattle]

    3rd Saturday Contra: Countercurrent Plus [Olympia] with Eric Curl [Seattle]


    Sat Oct 21, 2023

    Saturday night dancing at Fulton Hall continues! Countercurrent and friends ("Plus") will head down from Olympia to make music at Fulton. The band includes Alex Sturbaum (guitar, accordion, vocals) and Brian Lindsay (fiddle, banjo, foot percussion, vocals). Eric Curl will visit to call dances using gender-neutral terms.

    Covid precautions are suspended indefinitely!  We will continue to monitor potential exposures at PCDC events and adjust policies as needed. Refer to the PCDC Covid policy for details.

    7:00 pm newcomer/refresher lesson
    7:30 pm dancing starts
    10:30 dancing ends
    Some dancers head to a pub for "afters" -- all are welcome!

  • (MASK Optional ) PCDC Friday Night English Dance: Cynthia Stenger Calling with Erica Liebert, Meg Tapley, Landon Kuhn, Carl Thor

    (MASK Optional ) PCDC Friday Night English Dance: Cynthia Stenger Calling with Erica Liebert, Meg Tapley, Landon Kuhn, Carl Thor


    Fri Oct 27, 2023

    MASK Optional Dance 

     Per PCDC Guidelines: Vaccinations/boosters are no longer being verified and new attendees no longer have to compete a waiver.   Well-fitting masks are required for all, except the caller and musicians when they are on the stage.

    Dancing starts at 7:30. 

    Newcomers are always welcome.  We waive the admission fee the first time you attend.  An introductory session is available at 7:15 upon request.

    No street shoes permitted beyond entryway.  Only clean soled shoes permitted on the dance floor.

    No partner required

     Admission:  Sliding Scale.  Pay what you can. Recommended range $7.00 - $15.00

    For more information about English Dance, please see: https://portlandcountrydance.org/english-country-dance/ 

    If you test positive for COVID after attending a PCDC event, please email igotcovid@portlandcountrydance.org to tell us when you tested positive, what event you attended, and any symptoms you might want to mention.  We will never reveal your identity.

    Questions?  Email our English Dance Committee Chairperson

     Location: Burlingame Water Tower Dance Hall
    8936 SW 17th Av
    Portland, Oregon 97219

     

    Burlingame Water Tower Dance Hall
    8936 SW 17th Av
    Portland, Oregon 97219
  • Set to Music ECD: Laura Hatch calling to recorded music

    Set to Music ECD: Laura Hatch calling to recorded music


    Sat Oct 28, 2023

    You are cordially invited to an English Country Dance party!   Come enjoy a delightful evening of exciting, exuberant, and beautiful dances, both new and old.  No partner or previous experience required!

    Ages 13 through adult. $15 per dancer in advance, $20 at the door if any are left. Limited to 100 dancers.

    Registration link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/settomusicenglishcountrydancing/882857

    There's more information at the Set to Music Facebook page. or email questions to Laura Hatch.

     

    19015 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
    Beaverton, Oregon 97007
    PCDC 4th Saturday Contra: TBD w/Laurel Thomas

    PCDC 4th Saturday Contra: TBD w/Laurel Thomas


    Sat Oct 28, 2023

    Our Saturday night series at Fulton Hall continues! Musicians TBD will provide live music for our dancing pleasure. Laurel Thomas will use gender-neutral terms.

    Covid precautions are suspended indefinitely!  We will continue to monitor potential exposures at PCDC events and adjust policies as needed. Refer to the PCDC Covid policy for details.

    7:00 pm newcomer/refresher lesson
    7:30 pm dancing starts
    10:30 dancing ends
    Some dancers head to a pub for "afters" -- all are welcome!
  • (MASK OPTIONAL) Portland Ball Workshop. Erik Weberg calling with Betsy Branch, Bill Tomczak Erik Weberg and Lisa Scott

    (MASK OPTIONAL) Portland Ball Workshop. Erik Weberg calling with Betsy Branch, Bill Tomczak Erik Weberg and Lisa Scott


    Sun Oct 29, 2023

    You do not need to be registered for the Ball in order to attend this Ball workshop.  Erik will be teaching some of the more difficult dances on the program, as well as some of the more common dances.

    For more information about the Ball please visit the website .

    Time: 3:00p-5:00p

    Location:
    A Renaissance School
    234 S Bancoft St
    Portland, OR 97239

    Suggested donation is $10 - $15

    NOTE: We want to protect the floor, so please be sure to bring dancing shoes or warm socks.

    The ball workshops are designed for learning the dances on the ball program and are not intended to be an introduction to English country dance. Each of these workshops will focus on different ball dances and styling tips. Familiarity with English figures and geography will be assumed at the workshops.

    If you are new to English country dance, please attend the PCDC Friday Night English Dance as often as possible prior to participating in the workshops.