Epicenter 2019

An Urban Contra Party Dance Weekend of unprecedented proportion.
One that will rock the West Coast off the Richter scale.

The Epicenter Dance Weekend will be held in gorgeous Northern California the weekend of April 5 – 7, 2019. The setting will be picturesque Mill Valley in the heart of Marin County, just north of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge at the beautiful Strawberry Reception Hall. The result will be a weekend of nearly constant Contra dancing to satisfy even the most fanatic of dance gypsies.

 

 

TALENT

Riptide describe their music as “wicked good music from Maine.”  Alden Robinson on fiddle, Glen Loper on mandolin and feet, and Owen Marshall on guitar play some of the most energetic Contra dance music on the scene.  It will get even more wicked and energetic with the addition of Ness Smith-Savedoff on percussion.

The Mean Lids (Miriam Larson, flute & jaw harp; Ben Smith, fiddle & banjo; Matt Turino, guitar, fiddle & feet) are only as mean as they need to be to keep the grit in their tones and the edge on their tunes.  They are never seen without their signature cranial apparel.  Spot them by their hats, their long lonesome sounds, and the @$$ kicking grooves emanating from their mean, mean fiddle fingers.

Sarah VanNorstrand, from Syracuse, New York, has called at many weekends and festivals nationwide.  She is popular because of her engaging manner, as well as her clear and effective teaching style.  She has a large repertoire of fun and interesting dances.  She is attentive to the dancers and strives to make sure everyone is having as much fun as she is.

Lindsey Dono, originally from Massachusetts but now a Washington mainstay, calls with a confidence and graceful expertises that belies her youth.  Her meticulous programming and serene instruction is a fine counterpoint to the musical exuberance.

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Tentative Schedule

FRIDAY:

7:00
Hall Opens
7:30-9:15
Contra Dance with Riptide and Sarah VanNorstrand
9:30-11:00
Contra Dance with Mean Lids and Lindsey Dono

SATURDAY:

9:30-10 am Couple dancing with Riptide
10:00-10:30 Concert with Riptide
10:30-12:30 Contra Dance with Riptide and Sarah VanNorstrand
12:30-2:00 Lunch on Your Own
2:00-4:30 Contra Dance with Mean Lids and Lindsey Dono
4:30-7:00 Dinner on your own
7:00-7:30 Concert with Mean Lids
7:30-9:00 Contra Dance with Mean Lids and Sarah VanNorstrand
9:30-11:00 Contra Dance with Riptide and Lindsey Dono

SUNDAY:

9:30-10:00 Couple dancing with Mean Lids
10:00-12:30 Contra Dance with Mean Lids and Sarah VanNorstrand
12:30-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-4:00 Contra Dance with Riptide and Lindsey Dono
4:00-7:00 Dinner on your own
7:00-10:00 Contra Dance with Riptide and Sarah VanNorstrand
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Registration

REGISTRATION & CANCELLATIONS: Registration opens November 1, 2018. The registration fee is $155.00 (checks are $150.00); under age 30 is sliding-scale $80.00 – $155.00. Registration is not transferable. All cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee. After March 18, 2019 the full fee will be retained unless we are able to fill your place. Refunds will be processed as soon as possible, but may not be paid until after the event. A limited number of half-off work-trade positions are available.

Register online here

Send application and payment (check payable to NBCDS) to our registrar, Stacy Carr, at the address below. If you are unable to open the pdf registration form, just send your (very clearly printed) name, address, email address, and phone number and indicate whether we can print your contact information on the event roster.

Stacy Carr – Registrar
2230 Beverly Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

There are a limited number of half-off work-trade positions available (4-hour commitment). Email Stacy Carr (stacy@nbcds.org) to request work trade.

If you have further questions email Stacy at stacy@nbcds.org

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Accommodations

Visit our Facebook Group page to arrange shared housing and/or carpools.

 

Nearby Motels

Travelodge
707 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley/Sausalito.  (415) 383-0340
Approximately 2 miles SW of hall.

Embassy Suites
101 McMinnis Pkway, San Rafael, 1-800-EMBASSY
Approximately 10 miles N of hall.

Best Western
56 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera.  800-777-9670 / 415-924-1502

Marin Suites
45 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  800-362-3372 / 415-925-3608

Courtyard
2500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur. 888-253-1628

Motel 6
737 E. Francisco Blvd, SRF, 415-453-3450

Colonial Inn
1735 Lincoln Ave., SRF, 866-599-6674

Directions

Strawberry Recreation Center
118 East Strawberry Drive,
Mill Valley, CA 94941

From the North:
Head South on US-101
take exit 447 for Tiburon Blvd/E. Blithedale Ave.
Turn left onto CA-131/Tiburon Blvd.
Turn Right onto E. Strawberry Dr.
Look for signs on right for the “Strawberry Recreation Center”

From the South:
Head North on US-101
take Exit for CA-131 toward Tiburon Blvd/E. Blithedale Ave.
Turn right onto CA-131/Tiburon Blvd.
Turn right onto E. Strawberry Dr.
Look for signs on right for the “Strawberry Recreation Center”

From the East:
From I-580 West,
take exit 2A for Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Merge onto US-101 South via the ramp on the left
take exit 447 for Tiburon Blvd/E. Blithedale Ave.
Turn left onto CA-131/Tiburon Blvd.
Turn Right onto E. Strawberry Dr.
Look for signs on right for the “Strawberry Recreation Center”

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Join the Epicenter Facebook group to discuss the event, post photos, arrange carpools, find roommates for the weekend, etc.