2014 Corvallis Contra Weekend
February 14, 15, 16
Two contra bands, Two contra callers
Signups have closed:
Don't forget the Sunday night dance — Same bands and callers, all warmed up!
- The Moving Violations have a playful energy that transcends borders of countries and encourages spontaneity and improvisation. Driving double fiddle harmonies, strong rhythm, affectionate abandon and occasional silliness prevails. Original compositions as well as Celtic, Eastern European, Swedish, Klezmer, and Classical are all fair game for The Moving Violations.
The Moving Violations are Van Kaynor, fiddle; Ron Grosslein, fiddle and mandolin; Chuck Corman, bass, guitar, percussion; Eric Eid-Reiner: Piano
- From dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. The exuberant joy they derive from the music and each other is palpable and contagious. They are known for their high energy music, jamming attitude and imaginative arrangements. They've taken their music throughout California and much of the country. The Syncopaths are: Ashley Broder (Mandolin), Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Christa Burch (vocals, bodhran), and Jeffrey Spero (keyboard).
- Cis Hinkle has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm, and masterful selection of dances. She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the US, England, and Denmark. When not on the road, Cis teaches t'ai chi classes in her native Atlanta, Georgia.
(San Francisco, CA)
- The only thing larger than Lynn’s amazing assortment of colorful, patterned socks is her huge collection of great contras and exciting squares.
- Alan is a fiddle player (plays with Southwest Passage) and dancer in addition to being an excellent sound man. He is aware of the nuances that make us all happy, and is able to provide a great experience for the callers, band members and dancers.
Flier: You may print and share the 2014 Flier with your dance community, or use it to register for the dance weekend if you prefer paper to electronic means.
- Nov. 17, 2013 Online registration opened on the 15th. There was an intermittent bug, but it appears to have either been corrected or at least gone dormant.
- Dec. 8, 2013 The dance is nearly full: As usual, we need a few more guys than gals. If you register and pay right now there is a pretty good chance you will be able to attend. We will close registration when we have "enough" people on the waiting list to be reasonably sure that we'll have a full house in February. Not sure when that will be, but it could be very soon.
- Dec. 22, 2013 The dance is full. We are leaving the registration open because we always (so far) have people drop out and we need a few more solo guys on the waiting list. Gals: You may register, but your odds of getting in are very small. Guys: If you want to have a chance to come to the 2014 Corvallis Contra Weekend, you must register very soon. We will be closing registration before January whether or not we get more "waiters."
- Jan. 8, 2014 We have closed registration: The dance is full, there are many people on the waiting list.
If you did already register online and wish to be on the waiting list, be sure to send your check ASAP.
- Jan. 21, 2014 Here are the tunes that will be the spotlight of Sande Gillette's music workshop, 'Tunes from the Bag o'Tricks Repertoire'. Feel free to download and practice them if you like: Paddy on a Bun and Vladi on the Trans Siberian
- Feb. 13, 2014 The storm working its way up the East coast has changed the scheduled travel for Moving Violations. They are re-booked to arrive late Friday, so we'll have "all Syncopaths all night" on Friday, then a slightly modified Saturday schedule followed by "all Moving Violations all night" for the Saturday dance party. The online schedule has been updated to reflect this.
Schedule: There will be dance workshops featuring Contra, more Contra and perhaps some other dancing. Also several music workshops led by members of the bands. There are also plenty of opportunities for some open walzing, jamming, socializing and whatever you want.
Facilities: Contra dance sessions take place in Gatton Hall at the First United Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Road in Corvallis (no change from previous years). This hall has a nice wood floor, recently refinished, so it is important to wear very clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. There will be open waltzing at at the Corvallis Elks Lodge on Sunday morning (new location this year).
NOTE: This is a fragrance-free event. Please do not use cologne, perfume; or scented deodorants, soaps or other grooming products. We will provide scent-free hand soap at the dance venues.
Signups have closed
Whether you register online or by sending the form, you must also send full payment: $75.00 for all dancers. We do offer a limited number of work/dance scholarships for those who might not otherwise be able to come. You may request a scholarship using the online form, or by mentioning it on the paper form.
Shortly after December 7th, we will generate a list of dancers to admit. This will be done so as to give folks who register early an advantage, but if the dance has filled, there will also be a random component. We do admit dancers so as to "gender-balance" the camp within a small percentage, so you might be wait-listed even if the dance isn't quite full. An email telling your status will be sent by December 21st.
If you do not hear from us by December 28th, please double check your spam folder, then check with us at cfs.dance.registrar@CorvallisFolklore.org or 541 250 0213.
If you need a quick response, perhaps because you need to make travel plans, please mention it in the comments section of the application form (it can't hurt to contact us too). We enjoy meeting folks from outside our immediate community and will do what we can to help.
We will assume you have your notification unless we hear otherwise from you!
Late Applicants and those wait-listed by the lottery: You will be added to the waiting list (in lottery order). Your checks will be held until you are accepted.
Cancellation: We will refund admission less $10.00 if cancelled at least 10 days prior to the dance. After that date, the full fee may be retained: We will attempt to fill vacancies from our waiting list and issue refunds at our discretion. Please do not find your own replacement. Please do not bring illness to share with other dancers. Let us know if that is the reason for your cancellation.
Housing: This year we are asking you to arrange your own housing. Contact information to facilitate home-stay arrangements is here: http://CorvallisFolklore.org/ccw/housing/ (you must be registered at CorvallisFolklore.org and be signed up for the weekend to see details). For a comprehensive listing of Corvallis hotels, motels and campgrounds, visit The Corvallis visitors' bureau lodging website.
Meals: There will be potluck lunches hosted by local dancers: A great opportunity for conversation that lasts longer than a swing. We also provide a guide to Corvallis restaurants at the sign-in table.
Snacks: Each evening, there will be a mid-evening break with potluck snacks. Everyone at the camp is welcome whether you bring food or not. We have found that people want non-sweet as well as sweet things to help sustain their stamina throughout the evening. There will be no plates or utensils, so please bring only finger food to share.
For more information Contact
Karen and Frank: cfs.dance.registrar@CorvallisFolklore.org or 541 250 0213