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2016 Corvallis Contra Weekend

February 12, 13, 14

Two contra bands, Two contra callers

Corvallis, Oregon

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Don't forget the Sunday night dance — Same bands and callers, all warmed up!

The Talent


Great Bear Trio (Fulton NY)
As one of the hottest and most influential dance bands in the country, The Great Bear Trio continues to push the boundaries and set the standard for modern contra dance music. Multi-instrumentalist brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand are ably accompanied by their mother Kim Yerton on piano. Their driving rhythm, epic dynamics and uniquely rocking style have given them a loyal following of all ages.
Contra Sutra (Seattle, WA)
Contra Sutra brings you lively international-flavored contra music with verve, vigor, and pizzazz! Contra Sutra is:
  • Dave Bartley: Fretted Things (guitar, mandolin, cittern...)
  • Ryan McKasson: UnFretted Things (Fiddle & Viola)
  • Marni Rachmiel: Windy Things (flute, sax, piccolo...)
  • Richard Scher: Percussion... and plenty of it!
"May all beings be free to dance to the most melodious and rhythmically funky Contra Sutra"—R. S.


Bob Isaacs (New Brunswick, NJ)
Bob is a long time contra and square dance caller. We are very pleased to have him at the Corvallis Contra Weekend.
Frannie Marr (Southern CA)
Six years of calling have made Frannie a popular West Coast caller, calling regular dances from Southern California to the Bay Area, and special events/weekends throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southwest.


Alan Roberts (Seattle, WA)
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 2016 Flier with your dance community, or use it to register for the dance weekend if you prefer paper to electronic means.


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 of Christ, 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 the Corvallis Elks Lodge, 1400 NW 9th St (enter on NW Grant) on Sunday morning.

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.

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Whether you register online or by sending the form, you must also send full payment: $90.00 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 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: Please arrange your own housing. Contact information to facilitate home-stay arrangements is here: (you must be registered at 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: or 541 250 0213