EPICENTER 2020

Registration is open for Epicenter 2020, an urban contra party dance weekend of unprecedented proportion–one that will rock the West Coast off the Richter scale. The March 27-29, 2020 weekend of nearly constant contra dancing will satisfy even the most discerning of dance fanatics. Join us in picturesque Mill Valley in the heart of Marin County, just north of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge at the beautiful Strawberry Reception Hall.

*As of December 4, there is still room for you–register today!


Stringrays is an inimitable five-some of musicians with a shared interest in exploring great fiddle tunes. Their playing is fueled by a love of the living tradition of New England fiddle music and its cousins. Expect dynamic, lyrical improvisation and fresh, dance-inspired interplay.

Eloise & Co. features the combined creative force of three of the country’s most sought-after dance musicians, Becky Tracy, Rachel Bell and Bethany Waickman, crank out dance and concert music with unbridled energy and soaring beauty. Their depth and versatility is evident not only in their dynamic playing but also in their rich and unique repertoire, ranging from exciting original compositions to rock-solid traditional tunes. Eloise & Co. was born out of Becky and Rachel’s transcendent melodic connection, their shared love for powerful rhythmic momentum, and their joy in making music together. The blissful vibe is contagious, drawing everyone in the room into a sublime and memorable experience.

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!”

Dana Parkinson started contra dancing in 2009 in Tampa, Florida with the Tampa Friends of Old-Time Dance. Through support from her local community and dancing like crazy at dozens of dance weekends, Dana found herself at the Contra Calling Workshop with Cis Hinkle at Augusta Dance Week in Elkins, WV. In no time at all she was calling local dances. She called her first dance weekend in Gainesville, Florida in 2012 and hasn’t looked back!

Registration

Scroll down to register online, or download the form and mail it. Registration fee is $160.00 ($155.00 by check). For those 30 and under, we offer a sliding-scale $85.00 – $155.00. Pay online below or mail a check payable to NBCDS to: Jen Bamesberger, Registrar|49 Shell Road | Mill Valley, CA 94941. A limited number of half-off work trade positions are available–contact jen@nbcds.org.

Registration is not transferable. All cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee. After March 14, 2020 the full fee will be retained unless we are able to fill your spot. Refunds will be given as soon as possible but they may not be paid until after the event.

Traveling from out of the area? The hall is located at 118 E Strawberry Dr, Mill Valley, CA 94941. Post lodging, carpool, and childcare-coordination requests on the Epicenter Contra Dance Weekend Facebook page.

Preliminary Schedule

FRIDAY

7:00​​ Hall Opens

7:30-9:00​ Contra Dance with STRINGRAYS & WILL

9:30-11:00​ Contra Dance with ELOISE & CO & DANA

SATURDAY

9:30-10:00​ Couple Dancing with STRINGRAYS

10:00-12:00​ Contra Dance with STRINGRAYS & DANA

12:00-12:30​ Concert with STRINGRAYS

12:30-2:00​ LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

2:00-2:30​ Medley with STRINGRAYS & ELOISE & CO & DANA & WILL

2:30-4:30​ Contra Dance with ELOISE & CO & WILL

4:30-7:00​ DINNER ON YOUR OWN

7:00-7:30​ Concert with ELOISE & CO

7:30-9:00​ Contra Dance with ELOISE & CO & DANA

9:30-11:00​ Contra Dance with STRINGRAYS & WILL

SUNDAY

9:30-10:00​ Couple Dancing with ELOISE & CO

10:00-12:00​ Contra Dance with ELOISE & CO & WILL

12:00-1:30​ LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30-2:50​ Contra Dance with ELOISE & CO & DANA

3:10-4:30​ Contra Dance with STRINGRAYS & DANA

4:00-7:00​ DINNER ON YOUR OWN

7:00-10:00​ Contra Dance with STRINGRAYS & WILL

We’ll have breakfast-y food in the morning and light snacks throughout the day and evening, but plan to provide your own meals. We’ll have a list of recommended restaurants in walking and short driving distance and menus for local places that deliver….and stay tuned for food trucks!

More questions? Contact jen@nbcds.org.


You can pay here by credit card or PayPal.

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