Epicenter 2018

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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 6 – 8, 2018. 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.


Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos.  Elegant melodies evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendental harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes.  The band is made up of Naomi Morse on fiddle, Anna Patton on clarinet & vocals, Owen Morrison on guitar & foot percussion, Jesse Readlyn on trumpet, and Brian Bender on trombone.  Together these fabulous musicians make up one of the most sought after band on the the Contra Dance camp circuit!

Stringrays brings together some of the best Contra musicians on the scene. Between the fiddling of Rodney Miller, Sam Bartlett on mandolin, Max Newman’s guitar, Stuart Kenney on bass/banjo, and percussion by Mark “Pokey” Hellenberg, their sound is playful and sublime, raucous and tender, modern and old-school.  Their musical repertoire is always at the forefront of Americana, with stunning original melodies and tasty traditional tunes. They find constant inspiration in each other for lyrical improvising and interplay.   Their sound is always fresh, surprising, and nuanced.  They make every Contra dancer’s A-list – and for good reason!

Lisa Greenleaf’s playful style makes everyone feel welcome, treating dancers across the country to her high spirited, witty calling.  She’s known for precise walk-throughs of zesty dances with excellent flow.  Her wide knowledge of traditional and modern dances put her in high demand across the country.

Will Mentor is a Contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: “It’s about the dancers!”

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Tentative Schedule


Hall Opens
Contra Dance with Stringrays and Lisa Greenleaf
Contra Dance with Elixir and Will Mentor


9:30-10 am Couple dancing with Stringrays
10:00-10:30 Concert with Stringrays
10:30-12:30 Contra Dance with Stringrays and Lisa Greenleaf
12:30-2:00 Lunch on Your Own
2:00-4:30 Contra Dance with Elixir and Will Mentor
4:30-7:00 Dinner on your own
7:00-7:30 Concert with Elixir
7:30-9:00 Contra Dance with Elixir and Lisa Greenleaf
9:30-11:00 Contra Dance with Stringrays and Will Mentor


9:30-10:00 Couple dancing with Elixir
10:00-12:30 Contra Dance with Elixir and Lisa Greenleaf
12:30-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-4:00 Contra Dance with Stringrays and Will Mentor
4:00-7:00 Dinner on your own


Contra Dance with Elixir and Will Mentor

Contra Dance with Stringrays and Lisa Greenleaf

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REGISTRATION & CANCELLATIONS: Registration opens November 1, 2017. 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, 2018 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.

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

Nearby Motels

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

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


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.