Contra Dance – Countercurrent w/ Laurel Thomas calling

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June 11, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Village School
3411 Willamette St
$10-$15, members $8 - $15


As of April 17, we will take the following precautions at the dance:

  • Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to attend the dance.
  • We will check your vaccination card when you enter.  We will be retaining the information so that, if this rule remains in place, we will not need to check your card at each dance.
  • All in attendance must remain masked during the event while indoors, except when actually drinking water.
  • Everyone will need to sign a waiver.

Band:  Countercurrent  

Countercurrent is a contra dance and folk music band from western Washington, featuring driving guitar, foot percussion, lyrical fiddle, and harmony vocals. Over 10 years of playing together, Brian and Alex have developed a style that brings forth the joy and nuance in the music they play. The combination of Brian’s technical and tasteful tune-smithing with Alex’s punchy rhythms and gifted song-writing is not to be missed. As they spread their music across the northwest and beyond, Countercurrent continues to push their own boundaries with new compositions, lively arrangements, lush harmonies, and driving grooves to keep you dancing along. Visit or find them on facebook for music and tour info.

Caller:  Laurel Thomas

Laurel Thomas started calling contra dances at Portland’s open mike night in 2008.  Since then, she has called for the regular dances in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Bend, Vancouver, Olympia and Tacoma.  Dancers appreciate her clear teaching and articulate calling, and her ability to choose fun, lively dances that have good flow.  “In a mixed crowd my goal for the evening is not only to call dances that are accessible to beginners yet still fun for more experienced dancers, but also to make sure that there is an element of challenge built into the program that allows newcomers to increase their skills.”


Beginners lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 7:30pm

Each dance is taught.  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:   there will not be a potluck prior to this dance.

Dance held at The Village School,

$10-$15, members $8-$15.

The lesson begins at 7:00 pm. The dance begins at 7:30 pm.

Volunteers to help move tables should be there by 5:15.  Other volunteers should come at 5:30.