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2006 Nightingale
Hillbillies from Mars
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Susan Michaels
Warren Blier
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Hillbillies from Mars
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Michael's Mixed Nuts
 
George Marshall
Susan Michaels
Erik Hoffman
2008 Wild Asparagus
Hillbillies from Mars
Syncopaths
 
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Susan Michaels
Joyce Miller
2009 Groovemongers
Crowfoot
Notorious
 
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Nils Fredland
Susan Petrick
2010 Elixir
Nightingale
Notorious
 
Nils Fredland
George Marshall
Warren Blier
2011 Latter Day Lizards
Synchopaths
Wild Asparagus
 
Lisa Greenleaf
Seth Tepfer
George Marshall
2012 Tidal Wave
Elixir
Great Bear Trio
 
George Marshall
Nils Fredland
Susan Michaels
2013 Latter Day Lizards
Dr. Groove
Retrospectacles
 
Lisa Greenleaf
Will Mentor
Deb Comly
2014 Stringrays
Groovemongers
Nor'Easter
 
Cis Hinkle
Bob Isaacs
Jean Gorrindo
2015 Elixir
Wild Asparagus
Crowfoot
 
Nils Fredland
George Marshall
Lisa Greenleaf
2016 Latter Day Lizards
Stringrays
Syncopaths
 
Bob Isaacs
Nils Fredland
Susan Michaels
2017 Notorious
Joyride
Clew Bay
 
Bev Bernbaum
Erik Weberg
Erik Hoffman

January 12-14, 2018

San Luis Obispo, California

Jigjazz - Maivish

Riptide


Cis Hinkle - Frannie Marr

Jeremy Korr


with Michael Gutin providing music during breaks
Please join us for our 13th annual Contra Carnivale, an almost-all-contra dance event in beautiful San Luis Obispo over Martin Luther King weekend. Since it coincides with the beginning of the season, we'll decorate in a Mardi Gras theme and encourage "Mardi Gras festive" attire - especially for the Saturday evening dance! Bring your sequins and feathers, and we'll supply beads for everybody!

Centrally located near the coast mid-way between the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo is a great place to visit. We'll fill your weekend with high-energy contra dancing, but recommend that you plan to spend Friday and/or Monday exploring & adventuring in the San Luis area on your own.


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Tentative Schedule


Friday:
6:00 Doors open
6:30 - 7:45Pre-Party and Social Dancing with Jig Jazz
8:00 - 11:30Contra Dance: Riptide with Cis Hinkle
Saturday:
9:00Doors open for continental breakfast
9:15-10:00Concert with Maivish
10:15 - 11:00Waltzing with Jig Jazz
11:15 - 1:45Contra Dance: Riptide with Frannie Marr
1:45 - 2:15LUNCH BREAK
2:15 - 5:00Contra Dance: Maivish with Cis Hinkle
5:00 - 7:00DINNER BREAK
7:00 - 7:45Concert with Riptide
8:00 - 11:30Contra Dance: Jig Jazz with Jeremy Korr
Sunday:
9:00Doors open for continental breakfast
9:15 - 10:00Concert with Jig Jazz
10:15 - 11:00Waltzing with Maivish
11:00 - 1:45Contra Dance: Jig Jazz with Cis Hinkle
1:45 - 2:15LUNCH BREAK
2:15 - 5:00Contra Dance: Riptide with Jeremy Korr
5:00 - 7:00DINNER BREAK
7:00 - 10:30Contra Dance: Maivish with Frannie Marr
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Staff





Jigjazz is a quartet of all-star tune composers and dance musicians fronted by the greatest North American dance fiddler, Rodney Miller. Rodney is flanked by accordionist and pianist Jeremiah McLane, Sam Bartlett on mandolin, and the always amazing percussionist, Mark "Pokey" Hellenberg. It's no wonder Jigjazz has been called, "the Avengers" of modern contra dance bands, but you will have to decide for yourself who is Captain America, the Hulk, Spiderman, and Iron Man!



Maivish: From the British isles, the Appalachian mountains and the rolling hills of New England this collaboration of musical alchemists brings a powerful, lush and distinctive sound to the dance floor, with a wide variety of traditional and original tunes carefully selected for dancing. With years of individual touring experience, from local dance halls to gala weekends and festival stages the synergy between these five is kinetic and palpable. Originally a concept of Jaige Trudel (fiddle, cello) and Adam Broome (guitar, jaw harp, foot percussion), the band expands to include Matthew Olwell (wooden flutes, whistles, cornamuse, percussion), Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle, percussion) and Jamie Oshima (piano, mandolin, guitar, percussion). Maivish is adventurous, mercurial, lovely and eminently danceable.



Riptide plays traditional music for contra dances. They are one of the most energetic contra dance bands on the scene today. They love the tunes they play, and their repertoire contains literally hundreds of tunes from New England, Quebec, Ireland, Appalachia, and a few other places. Riptide features Glen Loper on mandolin, Alden Robinson on fiddle, Owen Marshall on guitar, and the legendary Mark "Pokey" Hellenberg on percussion. The band is based in Maine but travels througout the U.S. and beyond.




Cis Hinkle has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm, and masterful selection of dances. She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the US, England, and Denmark. When not on the road, Cis teaches t'ai chi classes in her native Atlanta, Georgia.

Frannie Marr made her calling debut to rave reviews at a regularly scheduled Los Angeles contra dance ten years after she began teaching contra dances to her elementary school students. She was strongly encouraged to keep on calling. Since 2008, "fun, colorful, & easygoing" Frannie has been calling regularly, traveling from coast to coast, and appearing in over a dozen states at some of the biggest name venues with some of the hottest and most popular contra dance musicians.

Jeremy Korr is a popular bicoastal caller, based in Southern California most of the year and in Eastern Massachusetts during the summer. A second-generation dancer, Jeremy has been dancing his whole life, and has been calling contras and squares around the country since 2003, and children and family dances since 1993. Jeremy is acclaimed for his fun dances, efficient walkthroughs, precise calling, and community spirit.





Michael Gutin's accordion music can best be described as "eccentric eclectic." He will play couple-dance tunes during the breaks between sets for those of you who just can't get enough dancing.

Returning to Contra Carnivale to work his magic, Victor Garza makes everyone sound their best.

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Accomodations & Food

A couple of nearby motels are holding rooms for Contra Carnivale attendees. To reserve a room at our discounted rate, mention that you are attending Contra Carnivale when you call with your credit card. Some of the motels have deadlines for receiving the discount, and many of them have a 30-day cancellation policy. While some motels, such as Travelodge, fill early, there are often cancellations in December, so it might pay to check back with them later.

TRAVELODGE, 1825 Monterey Street: (805)543-5110

LEXINGTON INN, 2050 Garfield Street: (805)549-9911

Also relatively inexpensive and within a 5-minute walk of the hall:

SUPER 8 1951 Monterey Street: 805-544-7895

LOS PADRES INN, 1575 Monterey Street: (805) 543-5017

VILLA MOTEL, 1670 Monterey Street: (805)543-8071

There are too many other other nearby motels to list them all, but these are the closest and most affordable.
A somewhat less expensive alternative is HOSTEL OBISPO, which is about a mile from the hall.

Camping is available at several County parks and State parks in the area. Reservations are required.


No meals are included as part of Contra Carnivale, but there are a great many good restaurants in the area. Abundant beverages and snacks are provided throughout the weekend.

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Registration Information

Click here to download a pdf application.
Pre-registration is required and applications will be accepted in the order they are sent (based on postmarks) or hand-delivered, with some consideration given to gender balance* and past waiting list status. The cost for the weekend is $150 per dancer. Up to ten half-price ($75) scholarships are available for dancers under 30 (chosen randomly from among those who apply). No applications postmarked or delivered earlier than September 10, 2017 will be accepted. If we receive more applications than we can accept that are postmarked or hand delivered between September 10 & 13 inclusive, a lottery will be held to allocate acceptances. In recent years, we have had long waiting lists for both couples and single women, and short waiting lists for single men. Acceptances (or waiting list notifications) will be sent by email shortly after receipt of your application. Your check will not be deposited until/unless you are accepted.

IMPORTANT: Again, we go by POSTMARK. If your postmark is early or late, you will not be included in the lottery (if one is necessary - it usually is) and you'll be placed on the waiting list.

Children/Pets: All children must be registered to attend the weekend. Children under 5 years old may attend at no charge. Older children and non-dancing childcare helpers pay $75 per person for the weekend and may avail themselves of refreshments and attend the concerts.

Children must be supervised at all times and must not be allowed to disrupt concerts or dancing. Children may play or sleep in the lounge, although they will not have exclusive use of the room - others might be playing music or napping in the same area. During the day, children and their caregivers may sit in the main hall seating area to watch the dancing, but may only occupy one seat per person. No non-dancers are to be in the main hall during the evening dances, when space for dancers is at a premium. Running and/or shouting in the hallways is not allowed. Parents/caregivers must clean up after their children.

Also, unfortunately, not everyone loves our pets as much as we do. For the comfort and safety of all, we must ask that you refrain from bringing any non-service animals into the building.

Cancellations/Refunds: After 12/12/2017, refunds for cancellations will be contingent upon our ability to fill your spot. We charge a $20 per person administrative fee on all cancellations. Acceptances are not transferable. No refunds on cancellations after 1/10/18.

To register, send application and a check (payable to CCCDS) to our registrar, Cynthia Boche, at the address below. If you are unable to open the pdf registration form, just send your very-clearly-printed name, badge name (if different), gender, address, email address, and phone number and indicate whether we can print your information on the event roster.

Please either hand deliver your registration or send it by plain old first-class mail unless you are someplace where it really would be unlikely to get here that way within a week or so. Use a regular-size envelope. Large envelopes get stuck in the mailbox, which is annoying. Don't use staples - also annoying. If you won't be near a post office at the right time, just ask a trusted friend to mail for you.

CCCDS - Contra Carnivale
c/o 3955 Parkhill Road
Santa Margarita, CA 93453


Please get in touch with Cynthia at carnivale@cccds.org if you have questions.

* About gender-balancing: We do it because we like having a balance of male and female energy in the hall, not because we care who dances with whom (we don't). We usually do accept more women than men because so many more women apply.

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Directions

CCCDS's Contra Carnivale will be held at the San Luis Obispo Veterans' Memorial Building at 801 Grand Avenue. You'll recognize it by the ginormous tank sitting out front!
From the South: Take the Grand Avenue (Cal Poly) exit from Highway 101. Turn right onto Grand Avenue and look for the Vets' Hall on the right between Mill & Palm Streets.

From the North: Take the Monterey Street (Cal Poly) exit from Highway 101. Turn left across the freeway, then turn right onto Monterey Street. Turn right on Grand Avenue at the first light, then almost immediately left into the Vets' Hall parking lot.
Map of 801 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401



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Discussion Forum

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