Contra Dance – The Occasionals with Laurel Thomas calling

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February 24, 2024 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Village School
3411 Willamette St
Admission: $12-$20 non-members; $10-$20 for EFS members; $8 students

We no longer require proof of COVID vaccination.  Masks are optional, at the discretion of  individual participants.

Band: The Occasionals

Alan Snyder (fiddle) and Carl Thor (piano) started playing together when dances resumed after the Covid shutdowns, but they both have a long history in the contra dance world. Alan is well known throughout the region for his work as lead fiddle with The Euphemists and The Wisenheimers. Carl played for over 15 years with Cascade Crossing and Hands4, and currently plays with Bandwidth and The Portland Megaband. Together, they’ll get your bones shaking and your feet moving!

Caller: Laurel Thomas

Laurel Thomas has been calling contra dances (and the occasional square) since 2008. Since then, she has called at dances all over the Pacific Northwest, and has made several appearances on the East Coast. Dancers appreciate her clear teaching, articulate calling and her ability to choose fun, lively dances that have good flow. Her carefully crafted programs build skill level throughout the evening and aim to satisfy a mixed level crowd of beginning and experienced dancers.


  • Admission: $12-$20 non-members; $10-$20 for EFS members; $8 students
  • Beginners lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome). Each dance is taught.
  • Dance starts at 7:30pm. No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)
  • Calling will use gender-neutral terminology
  • Find out more about attending at the Eugene Contra page.
  • Potluck:  Potlucks are not being planned at this time..
  • Dance held at The Village School,