June Week Staff – 2021 (June 20th – 26th)
Registration opening date TBD (to-be-determined).
Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis.
The Bands & Callers
Spin is composed of 3 incredible contra dance musicians!! Rodney Miller is such an exquisite fiddler that we can’t resist inviting him back. Check him out at www. rodneymiller.com. From a 2014 appointment as Artist Laureate in NH to “Master Fiddler” in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts, this guy has the depth and the breadth of a true master! Dave Bartley spins magic on the guitar, mandolin, cittern, and more, playing music ranging from English, contras, rock-and-roll, classical, and Balkan. It is difficult to count the number of bands in which he plays including Tricky Brits, Bag o’Tricks, KGB, and Contra Sutra. He is also a prolific dance tune composer. Anita Anderson is an extraordinary English country and contra dance pianist, playing with Tricky Brits, Bag o’Tricks and other Northwest bands. There will also be the opportunity to spend a week in a music workshop with these fantastic musicians.
CAMPAIGN FOR REEL TIME
This trio of musicians, Betsy Branch on fiddle, Bill Tomczak on sax, clarinet and drums, and Mark Douglass on piano, are an abundance of talent and exuberance. They will be playing for both contra dancing and ECD dancing. They all come from a long list of previous bands, the Quarks (Betsy and Bill), the Latter Day Lizards (Bill), and Wild Hair (Betsy and Mark). This stunning combination brings a mix of instruments and improvisatory skills sure to provide stimulating, inventive and driving danc e music. These skilled music teachers will be offering ECD band and Contra band workshops, as well as, a singing workshop. Musical Magic!
THE DAM BEAVERS
The Dam Beavers, a contra dance band of two vibrant musicians who have charmed the contra dance community with their energy and talent, Ben Schreiber and Scotty Leach. Scotty has been immersed in music since he was born, playing piano and fiddle. He is one with his instrument, at ease with his skill, energizing the dancers. Ben Schreiber plays fiddle in a number of bands, Uncle Farmer, the Off Beats and more. He shows a virtuosity and range that is mesmerizing. They will be playing for contra dancing and doing a week long band and instrument workshop. Fun awaits!
Cis, hailing from Atlanta, is a well-known contra and square dance caller from coast to coast, a frequent presence at west coast dance weekends and weeks. Cis has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm, and masterful selection of dances.
Will, returning by popular request, will be calling contras and a daytime square workshop. Will Mentor, from Northern Vermont, is 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 caller’s principle: “It’s about the dancers!”
Equally adept at contra and English calling and with over 20 years of experience, Erik Weberg’s clear, and concise teaching make it easy for all to effortlessly gain a mastery of the dance. His philosophy is that flow, interesting figures, and a synergy between the dance figures and the music are what make dancing sublime. Erik’s ability to connect with the dancers and his sly sense of humor ensure an upbeat, congenial atmosphere on the floor, as well as, a terrific dance experience. This combination of attributes explains why he is in continual demand as a caller at weekend and week-long dance camps as well as a favorite in his home base of Portland, OR.
Ken Glastre and Roy Curet, our wonderful sound guys, will be back.
Joni Mcspadden will be our designated medical advisor, helping us all stay healthy.
Registration opens January 1st, 2021.