Contra Dance Weekend
August 10-12, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Stay tuned for information on Balance the Bay 2019, August 9-11!

Where’s the coolest place to be in the heat of the summer?
At San Francisco’s high-energy BALANCE THE BAY Contra Dance Weekend, of course!
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Presenting Our 2018 Talent:
Hotpoint Stringband Nova
No one can bring dancers into the trance zone like these superb musicians. Hailing from the Midwest, the band consists of clawhammer banjo legend Hilarie Burhans; inspired improvisational fiddler Mark Burhans; the king of contradance percussion, Mark "Pokey" Hellenberg; wall-of-rhythm pianist Marlene Shostak; and, keeping everybody well-grounded, bassist Nick Weiland. This group of young New England musicians combine their enormous talents into a rich, energizing wall of sound, using both traditional repertoire and original compositions to create versatile, driving music for our dancing pleasure. Kathleen Fownes (Fiddle), Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin (Accordion and Piano) and Everest Witman (Guitar and Feet) will rock our dance hall!
Sue Rosen Seth Tepfer
Coming to us from Boston, and widely known as an accomplished caller and dance choreographer, Sue will bring her clear and efficient calling to our dance floor. She’ll keep us on our toes with a wide variety of interesting dances, presented in a spirited style. "Atlanta's Dance Magician" skillfully connects hearts, soles, and music. He calls dances like you've never seen before. Known for his infectious energy, short walk-throughs, and 'hash-contras', Seth's enthusiasm is contagious, and gets everyone moving, smiling, and having a great time.

Sponsored by the Bay Area Country Dance Society