We are currently at capacity for Epicenter 2020. Please register below to join the waitlist, and we’ll let you know as soon as a spot opens up! Do plan to attend the final evening–open to everyone on a drop-in basis–on Sunday March 29 7pm-10pm with the String Rays and Will Mentor.

This urban contra party dance weekend of unprecedented proportion 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.

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!

Weekend Schedule (subject to change)


7:00​​ Hall Opens
7:30-9:00​ Contra Dance with STRINGRAYS & WILL
9:30-11:00​ Contra Dance with ELOISE & CO & DANA


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
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


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
7:00-10:00​ Contra Dance with STRINGRAYS & WILL (included in the weekend fee and also open to non-registered dancers)

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!

Traveling from out of the area? The hall is located at 118 E Strawberry Dr, Mill Valley, CA 94941. The Tamalpais Motel and the Travelodge offer nearby lodging. You can also post requests for shared lodging, carpool, and childcare-coordination on the Epicenter Contra Dance Weekend Facebook page. (Not a Facebook user? Contact the registrar to post requests for you.)

More questions? Contact jen@nbcds.org.


We are at capacity, but do register now to hold your spot. We will contact you as soon as a spot opens up. Complete the form below, or download the form and mail it. Please wait to pay until you get in. Fees are $160.00 ($155.00 by check). For those 30 and under, we offer a sliding-scale $85.00 – $155.00. Another option for fee reduction is to join our work trade team. While it is currently full, the waitlist is very short. Contact jen@nbcds.org if you are interested in working 4 hours (before/during/after the weekend).

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.