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2019 Corvallis Contra Weekend

February 15, 16, 17

Two contra bands, Two contra callers

Corvallis, Oregon

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The Talent

Bands

Genticorum (Quebec)
Over the past 18 years the trad Quebec group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Europe, assuring the band a brilliant future. Known for its energy and its stage presence, Genticorum has given more than a 1000 concerts in more than 15 countries. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd pleaser.
KGB (Seattle WA)
This KGB is not a spy organization, but a band from Seattle that plays for New England style contradance, English Country Dance (as MI-5), Mostly Waltz and other social dance events, concerts, and private functions such as wedding receptions. We write a lot of our own music, and the rest comes from all over the world: the British Isles, French Canada, the Northeastern USA, Western and Eastern Europe, South America, the rest of the USA, and places we haven't yet identified.

Callers

Cis Hinkle (Atlanta, GA)
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.
Michael Karcher (Seattle)
Michael has been having the time of his life calling around the U.S. and Canada since 2011. He has honed a warm and concise style of teaching and calling, to the delight of dancers across North America.

Sound

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 2019 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 will offer a limited number of need-based grants for those who might not otherwise be able to come. A new, online system is in the works (this page will change to reflect that when it happens), but for now if you need a grant, please make a comment when you register.

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 "role-balance" the camp, so you might be wait-listed even if the dance isn't quite full. When you register we'll ask your preferred role: "lead" or "follow". If you really don't care, please pick one. 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: Please 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

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