Contra Dance – Rhubarb Runaround w/ Karen Olsen calling

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November 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Village School
3411 Willamette St
$12-$20, members: $10-$20, students $8


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 and ask you to sign a liability waiver 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 and sign at each dance.
  • All in attendance must remain masked during the event while indoors, except when actually drinking water.
  • COVID Policy (updated 8/28/2022)

Band:  Rhubarb Runaround 

A combination of The Gossamer Strings and Breakers Yard.  Brandon Olszewski on fiddle, Liat Lis on banjo, Kyle McGonegle on guitar, (Bass TBD). 

Calling the Willamette Valley home, Rhubarb Runaround pushes the boundaries of old-time, folk, and ragtime with arrangements designed for dancers. The band pulls players from local groups such as The Gossamer Strings and Breakers Yard to bring new, creative life to traditional tunes and medleys with dynamic arrangements as well as the hard drive of an epic downbeat.

Caller: Karen Olsen

Karen has an encyclopedic knowledge of contra dances and is a good teacher and caller. Very patient and clear. She likes to keep the dancers moving, starting out with simpler dances in the beginners lesson, and progressing to more complex dances.  She is also a musician and plays her concertina for dances in Coos Bay. She strives to infuse both her calling and the dancers with her own joyful enthusiasm for  contra dance and music.


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:  No potlucks are planned for the Fall.

Dance held at The Village School,

$12-$20, members: $10-$20, students $8

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