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2020 Corvallis Contra Weekend

February 14, 15, 16

Two contra bands, Two contra callers

Corvallis, Oregon

History of Corvallis Contra Weekend

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Please wait as patiently as possible until Nov. 15, 2019 then come back to sign up

The Talent


Stomp Rocket (New England)
Beacoup de stomping pour le contra danse, avec Dave Langford on fiddle, Glen Loper on mandolin and banjo, and Bethany Waickman on guitar and sometimes piano. Look for us in the general New England area and elsewhere.
Joyride (Portland, OR)
Joyride is a Portland Oregon contra dance band known for fun, skilled play, tune sets carefully tailored to dances, and well-phrased melodies and harmonies set in a danceable groove. Joyride is:
  • George Penk – fiddle
  • Erik Weberg – flute, harmonica, bombarde
  • Sue Songer – piano, fiddle
  • Jeff Kerssen-Griep – guitar, djembe


Susan Michaels (Vashon, WA)
Susan is funny, accurate, engaging, friendly, effective and experienced. About being a caller, she says "I believe my 'calling' in life is to teach people how to hold hands in a circle."
Sarah VanNorstrand (New York)
Sarah has been calling for contra dances since 2006 and dancing since she was a teenager. She regularly calls at the Syracuse dance, as well as dances and dance weekends across the country. Sarah's repertoire includes a wide variety of contra dances as well as squares and party dances. She enjoys working with everyone from first-time dancers to decades-long contra veterans. Above all, her goal as a caller is to make sure the dancers are having as much fun as the caller! "I love dancing, community, and music and I always try to communicate that enthusiasm in my calling."


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 2020 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.

Sunday waltzing: There is waltzing available on Sunday morning, with music by a pickup band of weekend dancers and community musicians with a variety of skill levels. All musicians welcome!

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.

Register after Nov. 15, 2019 by completing the online application form or by printing, filling out and mailing the paper flier.

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", "follow" or "both". 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 .

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.

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