Calendar

Events in June 2024

  • 1st Saturday Contra: The Stage Crew w/ Laurel Thomas

    1st Saturday Contra: The Stage Crew w/ Laurel Thomas


    Sat Jun 1, 2024

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

    Calling (nongendered): Laurel Thomas

    Admission: $15 per person allow us to meet our fixed expenses and pay musicians and callers adequately. Sliding scale, $6 - $20+

    Newcomers session:7:00 pm; Dance starts at 7:30.

    All are welcome! No partner or experience is necessary.

    The 1st Saturday Contra Dance is hosted by The Stage Crew.

    (L’Etoile French Immersion School)
    68 SW Miles St
    Portland, Oregon 97219
    503-823-3180
  • Joyride 1st Wednesday contra dance w/ caller Koren Wake

    Joyride 1st Wednesday contra dance w/ caller Koren Wake


    Wed Jun 5, 2024

    Joyride first Wednesday contra dance with caller Koren Wake

    Please see the Joyride web site for details and printable PDF flier:

    https://joyride.erikweberg.com/

    Polish Hall
    (Portland Polonia)
    3832 N Interstate Av
    Portland, Oregon 97227
    503-281-7352
  • PCDC 2nd Saturday Contra: Loose Flagstone [Corvallis] w/Rich Goss

    PCDC 2nd Saturday Contra: Loose Flagstone [Corvallis] w/Rich Goss


    Sat Jun 8, 2024

    Our Saturday night series at Fulton Hall continues! Loose Flagstone (Jennifer Parke, Leslie Glassmire, Tracy Daugherty, and Marjorie Sandor) will head up from Corvallis to play for us. Rich Goss will 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!

    (L’Etoile French Immersion School)
    68 SW Miles St
    Portland, Oregon 97219
    503-823-3180
  • (Mask Optional) PCDC 2nd Sunday English Dance for experienced dancers: Fine Companions and friends

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


    Sun Jun 9, 2024

     

    This is a mask optional event.  Vaccinations and boosters are not required, but encouraged.

    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 ecd-chair@portlandcountrydance.org

    Admission: Sliding Scale $10 - $20.

    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.

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

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

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


    Sun Jun 9, 2024

    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
  • PCDC PDX Contra Committee meeting

    PCDC PDX Contra Committee meeting


    Mon Jun 10, 2024

    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.

    Contact organizer
  • PCDC FREE Contra Tunes Taught by George Penk

    PCDC FREE Contra Tunes Taught by George Penk


    Thu Jun 13, 2024

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

    Teacher: George Penk

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

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

    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)

    Contact organizer
  • PCDC 2nd Friday Hillsboro Contra: The Hat Band with Tarka Ayres

    PCDC 2nd Friday Hillsboro Contra: The Hat Band with Tarka Ayres


    Fri Jun 14, 2024

    WE'RE BACK!  Join us for the (re)opening of the Hillsboro Contra series.

    Newcomers' lesson at 7:00p.  Dancing 7:30p - 10:30p.

    Sliding scale admission $5 - $15, children under 12 free.

     

    (Upstairs)
    267 E Main St
    Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
    503-642-2341
  • 3rd Saturday Contra: Heather Pinney, George Penk, Jess Schafer w/ Shell Stowell [Newport]

    3rd Saturday Contra: Heather Pinney, George Penk, Jess Schafer w/ Shell Stowell [Newport]


    Sat Jun 15, 2024

    Mark your calendars now for the next Saturday night dance at Fulton Hall. Heather Pinney (piano, fiddle), George Penk (fiddle) and Jesse Shafer (cello) will play; JShell Stowell will head up from Corvallis to call the 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!

    (L’Etoile French Immersion School)
    68 SW Miles St
    Portland, Oregon 97219
    503-823-3180
  • PCDC 4th Saturday Contra: Church for Dogs w/Jacqui Grennan [Los Angeles]

    PCDC 4th Saturday Contra: Church for Dogs w/Jacqui Grennan [Los Angeles]


    Sat Jun 22, 2024

    Our Saturday night series at Fulton Hall continues! Please welcome Church for Dogs in their Fulton debut, playing for our dancing pleasure. Local musicians Cameron DeWhitt (claw hammer banjo), Kate Gregory (fiddle), and Jon Roberts (piano) bring extensive and varied musical backgrounds to the stage, and have played for contras elsewhere. Jacqui Grennan will visit from Los Angeles to call dances with 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!

    (L’Etoile French Immersion School)
    68 SW Miles St
    Portland, Oregon 97219
    503-823-3180
  • FREE PCDC ECD Woodshed dance choreography workshops

    FREE PCDC ECD Woodshed dance choreography workshops


    Sun Jun 23, 2024

    Come out to the Woodshed - a community space for creativity

    Welcome!  Join us for our next workshop.   The focus of Woodshed will be narrowing a bit to primarily facilitate the development of new English Country Dance choreography. Callers present dances or choreography and ask the dancers for feedback on particular or general points.  When a dance writer comes up with a new dance, it is difficult to tell how it will work until they can see it with actual dancers moving through the figures. 

    This is a working session, and dance geeks enjoy it very much. There's a high proportion of discussion and experimenting to try things different ways.   This is a great opportunity to see works-in-progress, influence old and new dance (re)creations, or develop skills of your own in a safe supportive setting.

    We whole-heartedly invite you to be one of those dancers that helps to bring these new dances to life. We also need one or two musicians to play the tunes as we work out the moves. The musicians can have the music ahead of time in order to play through the tunes smoothly without needing to sight read on the spot. Please RSVP because it helps to know if we have enough dancers. You will of course be welcome if you just show up.

    RSVP and questions to woodshed@pcdc.fun (Ric Goldman, Augie O'Riordan, and Sara Munz)

    Burlingame Water Tower Dance Hall
    8936 SW 17th Av
    Portland, Oregon 97219
  • PCDC Board Meeting

    PCDC Board Meeting


    Tue Jun 25, 2024

    The PCDC Board will meet June 25th to address tactical and strategic issues facing the organization.

    Meeting locations vary.  Meetings are open to all PCDC members.

    If interested in attending email board-chair@portlandcountrydance.org

    Contact organizer
  • PCDC 5th Saturday Contra: Open Band w/George & Betsy and Open Mike w/TBD

    PCDC 5th Saturday Contra: Open Band w/George & Betsy and Open Mike w/TBD


    Sat Jun 29, 2024

    Our Saturday night Open Mike Open Band dance at Fulton Hall.

    Local musicians Betsy Branch and George Penk will organize the music. Please contact them in advance so that you can learn about their musical plans.  A local TBD caller will lead the callers' Open Mike. You can contact them in advance or show up and sign up for a calling slot.

    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!

    (L’Etoile French Immersion School)
    68 SW Miles St
    Portland, Oregon 97219
    503-823-3180