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Current News

April 2014
Letter from the President
It looks like Spring has finally arrived. For some folks it is the perfect opportunity to try something new,
contra dancing. Thanks to all of you who take time to make these new dancers feel welcome. Some of you come
early to provide experienced partners for the basic moves class at the beginning of the evening. Many of you invite
the newcomers to dance. Some simply smile and welcome the new dancers. Thanks to all of your efforts, we
continue to add new members to our ranks. Our dances and special events would not happen, if not for the hard
work and dedication of our Board of Directors and our Sound Crew. They arrive an hour before every event to set
up the hall. And they are the last ones to leave at the end of the evening, after putting everything away, sweeping
the floors and turning off the lights. Thank you Nathan, Eric, Herb, Sharon, Pat and Tashie for all that you do.
We all appreciate those of you who pitch in and help. We all do what we do for the love of the traditional music
and the dancing and good fellowship. The medical research tells us that this amazing combination of mild exercise,
accompanied by upbeat music, requiring some mental effort to combine the calls with the beat of
the music, in the company of friendly people is the perfect way to combat the infirmities of advancing
age. Best of all it’s fun! I look forward to seeing you on the dance floor.

April Contra coming up on the 12th
Please join us for the Saturday Dance at the East Spokane Grange. Saturday, April 12th 2014. Come and dance to the tunes of Ebb and Flow. Mitchel Frey will be calling. 7-10 pm with a lesson for beginners at 6:45. There will be a potluck. Your favorite snack will be there if you bring it!
Admission is $8 for Folklore Society members and students, $10 for non-members.
Directions: East Spokane Grange 1621 N. Park Rd
Coming from Spokane
Exit I-90 at Broadway
Turn right (east) on Broadway at end of exit
Turn left (north) on Park Rd. cross over I 90.
First building on the left after crossing Mission
Coming from Coeur d'Alene or Spokane Valley
Exit I-90 at Argonne
Turn right (north) on Argonne at end of exit
Turn left (west) on Trent
Turn left onto Park Rd.
Last building on right before Mission
For more information:
747-2640 www.spokanefolkore.org

April 4 is the new date for the Family Dance series! Salute Spring with fun feet and lots of giggles. Easy circle, line, contra, folk and novelty dances with live music!
All of the dances are taught by Susan Dankovich, local con-tra caller and director of the Silver Spurs Youth Folk Dancers. The Band is Margie Heller, Ken Raymond and Paul Tapp.
The family foods potluck begins 6:30pm. Dances begin at 7:00pm. EVERY-ONE is WELCOME.
Located in the Great Hall at St. John's Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. in Spokane and is sponsored by St. John Cathedral.
Next dance: May 9.
For more information, call Susan at (509)533-9955 or sdanko@cet.com

DanceFest 2014 on April 19 2014
sponsored by Inland Northwest
Dance Association.
FREE dance performances/
workshops celebrating National
Dance Week
DanceFest 2014 celebrates 10 years of
showcasing local dance groups on April 19.
FREE performances of modern, Appalachian
clog, folk, jazz, and Highland dance will be at the West Valley
High School Auditorium at 8301 E. Buckeye in Spokane Valley.
This FREE festival begins at 10am and includes FREE workshops
for people of all ages and abilities. Combined with
DanceFest, the Northwest Region Highland Dancing Workshop
will be holding Advanced Steps Technique and an Introduction
to Scottish Highland dance classes throughout
the day.
Dancers from throughout the Inland
Northwest will fill the stage with classical ballet,
tap, hip hop, traditional Mexican and German
dances. Meghan Palmer, the overall champion
for 16 year level at the U.S. Scottish
Highland Dancing Inter-Regional
Championships in 2013, will be performing the
flair that won her 3rd in the junior category of
the World Championship in Scotland in 2013.
First held in 2005, the Inland Northwest
Dance Association, a 501c3 organization of
dance instructor and community members, designed
DanceFest to be a non-competitive forum for dancers of
all ages and abilities to perform the dance style of their passion.
Encouraging the audience as well as the performers to experience
and try new dance styles, the hourly workshops are taught
by the staff of participating groups. Workshops have included
swing, basic jazz, tap, American contra, African folk, Scottish
Highland, modern and ballet techniques.
Internationally known Scottish Highland instructor, adjudicator
and examiner, Diane Krugh of Huston Texas will be
leading the Highland classes with the help of INDA president,
Elizabeth Coyle.
Light lunches and snacks will be available.
Vendors and information booths will be located
in the Commons.
For a map and performance schedule, go
to www.indaspokane.com or call Isabelle Cook at
(509)927-0972 or isabelle@

Lady of the Lake Family Camp
Greetings Family Campers,
There is still some space at Lady of the Lake
Family Camp on August 17-23, 2014 held on the
shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho. Please join us
for workshops in dance, art, singing and music and
hours on the beach, swimming, sailing, reading and
chatting with friends.
This year’s staff includes Sue Hulsether of Wisconsin
leading family dances; Chi Shen of Seattle teaching
Bollywood/Bhangra style dances; Susan Michaelsm
of Los Angeles calling contras and sharing stories; The
Nettles, a Celtic acoustic band fr om Cor allis, with
Laura Brophy, Kevin Johnsrude and Michael Proctor;
our favor ite song and Family Gather ing leader s
Greg and Jeree Canote of Seattle; Molly Adolfae and
Pat Hagney teaching ar t; Mel Luedders leading the
young ones; and Pat and Vickie Marron providing
Lady of the Lake is held at N-Sid-Sen Camp
and Conference Center. Nearly a mile of lake shore and
257 acres of pine and fir forest make hiking, swimming,
and boating easy to do. Tidy cedar cabins overlook the
lake. Family style meals have a variety of menus, including
meatless, gluten-free, and dairy-free alternatives.
For more information & application, go to
www.ladyofthelake.org, or email familyweek@
ladyofthelake.org or phone Maggie Hill at
For those who haven't signed up yet or looked at
the website, we have added a couple of new features to
the registration process.
Early Sign-up Discount: If you r egister online
AND get a deposit check in the mail befor e Apr il 30th
you will get a discount of $20/Adult and $10/child over
the age of 3. We now accept payments in Canadian dollars.
The pr ices and pr ocess ar e descr ibed on the
For those who signed up earlier, I wanted to let
you know that we have had a slight change in our specialty
dance instruction. The folks from the Dance with
Mollie Singh studio had to back out. We have replaced
them with Chi Shen from Seattle about whom we are
quite excited. Information on Chi Shen is available on
the About the Staff page.
We look forward to seeing you this summer.
-The Lady of the Lake Family Camp Committee

Coming to Spokane - Well Known Harpist Laurie Riley
When: Saturday, May 10
Where: Christ the King Anglican Church, 2103 E. Mission Ave., Spokane, WA
What: Two workshops in the morning followed by a concert at 7:00 p.m.
The two Workshops are: "Techniques for Accurate and Expressive Playing" and "Improvisation and Arranging. "
Workshops are $20 each, Concert is $15
Contact: Susan Miles (Soupymiles@aol.com) Phone: (509) 342-2617
"I didn't know a harp could do that!" is a remark often heard at Laurie Riley's concerts. She is known for her ability
to make a harp sound like a whole new instrument. Audiences feel her music as a visceral experience. Among her many
credits, Laurie has appeared in concert as harpist to The Chieftains, was the first American harpist to be invited to judge and
perform for the prestigious International O'Carolan Festival in County Roscommon, Ireland, and has toured throughout the
US and in Canada since 1985. She plays traditional, ethnic, and contemporary selections from around the world, as well as
compositions of her own, on the rare double-strung harp. She has recorded twelve albums of harp music, authored numerous
books, and made several instructional videos. Her music has been featured on American Airlines and on the Narada Collections,
and she has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered. She also judges harp competitions and teaches in the US and
Website and music blog: http://laurierileymusic.wordpress.com/
In print: books, DVDs and CDs available at the above address
Download Laurie's music from http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/LaurieRiley
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/laurieharping?feature=results_main

Lady of the Lake June Music and Dance
June 22-28, 2014

Our bands for this year include Elixir, a high energy dance
band and caller combination that blends superb calling, driving fiddle
and guitar playing, and the rich texture and rhythmic excitement
of a full horn section. Fiddler Ethan Hazzard-Watkins per for ms
traditional and original music with driving energy, passion and
grace. Trumpeter Jesse Hazzard-Watkins mixes keen musicality,
skillful and accurate technical playing to create beautiful music in a
variety of genres. Anna Patton plays clarinet with great verve, clarity
and harmonic whim, drawing on a richly eclectic musical background.
Owen Morrison’s fiercely rhythmic guitar playing has
thrilled dancers across the country. Nils Fredland combines skillful
calling with playing trombone in the band.
We also have the contra dance and English country dance
band Roguery. Dave Bartley’s r eputation pr ecedes him, the mandolin
and guitar wizard and composer of over 300 fiddle tunes. He
plays with numerous bands including KGB and Bag O’Tricks. Anita
Anderson’s piano playing is always conscious of the dancer s,
driving the rhythm as she also enhances the melody. Shira Kammen,
fiddler extraordinaire, has a rich and long history of musical training
and interests, from medieval music to ethnic and celtic dance music.
The talent in Roguery is further augmented by long time dance musician
Jim Oakden, performing on an absurd array of instruments in a
wide range of traditional and ethnic styles including contras, ECD,
Irish and Cape Breton.
Back by popular demand, SethTepfer has been a regular
caller at Lady of the Lake because he has such lively, positive energy
that you just can’t help but have a good time when he’s calling. Seth
is known as “Atlanta’s Dance Magician” with his endless array of
squares, contras and English Country Dancing. A vibrant energy on
the dance floor when he is not dancing, he builds a joy of community
not to be missed. Seth Tepfer will offer 2 hours of callers’ workshops
(contras and squares) 1 hour for the beginning callers, 1 hour
of more advanced skills. His clear, concise teaching allows you to
easily flow into learning a dance. And Seth teaching Dutch Crossings
is a treat!
Anne Glover will be our master of cer emonies and stor y
teller, as well as, delighting us with irresistible string figures. She
will offer a workshop in storytelling and one on strings. She started
performing in the 1980’s and has enchanted children & adults with
her string stories, performing at conferences, schools and festivals in
English, French and sign language. Her infectious enthusiasm and
wit is contagious.
Brooke Friendly will be calling the daytime English
Country Dance workshops with Roguery. She is known for her
warm yet commanding personality, her ability to convey directions
concisely and clearly, her creativity, and her sense of humor and
whimsy. She has a strong sense of what makes for a good community
and she makes the learning experience fun and relaxing. A dancer
for more than 30 years, Brooke co-leads a weekly English and Scottish
dance, calls Contra and family dances, and has been on staff at
camps, weekends, and workshops throughout North America. Also
a dance choreographer, she, with her husband Chris Sackett, have
published four dance books (Impropriety Vols. 1-4) and produced
four CDs with the band Roguery.
So u nd : Ken Glastre our wonderful sound guy will be back,
assisted by Mitchell Frey.
Dail y Schedule Highlights 9 -5 pm
2 hours of English Country Dancing
2 hours of Contra Dancing
1 hour of Square Dancing
2 Band Workshops with Elixir and Roguery
2 Callers Workshops with Seth Tepfer (1 hour for the beginning
callers, 1 hour for those with more advanced skills)
1 hour Story-Telling Workshop w/Anne Glover
1 hour String Trick Workshop w/Anne Glover
Singing with Nils Fredland
Nap time & swimming & canoeing
AND THEN! Every evening 8 – 11:15 p.m. CONTRA DANCING!
Housing, Camping, and Food
Twelve cedar cabins sleep 6 to 12 people each. All have
bunk beds with mattresses provided. Camping is available for those
who prefer. Please let us know ahead of time because cabin assignments
are prearranged.
Balanced meals include dairy products, meat and fish. Meatless alternatives
and/or dairy free and/or gluten free are provided for those
who specify these preferences at the time of registration. No other
food needs or severe allergies will be accommodated. There is some
refrigerator space available if you need to bring your own food.
Camp Fees
Adults (18+) $595 per person
Teens (12-17) $520 per person
Camp fee includes lodging, workshops and meals beginning with
Sunday evening dinner and ending with Saturday breakfast.
Airport Transportation: We can provide transportation to and from
the Spokane Airport if you arrive before 11:00 a.m. on Sunday and
depart after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a fee of $35 for
this service.
Register early! Registration is limited to the first 125 who
register on a first come, first serve basis. Register on-line at
Cancellation Policy
For cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the start
of camp, we will refund all but $50 per person. For cancellations
between 30 to 60 days prior to the start of camp we will retain $100
per person. For cancellations less than 30 days before camp, no refund
will be made.
For questions about this camp, please contact:
danceweek@ladyofthelake.org or phone at (406) 581-8178.
Lady of the Lake Family Week August 17 -23, 2014
The annual Lady of the Lake Family Week Camp is scheduled this year for August 17 -2 3 , 2 0 1 4 . Come join us at Camp N -Sid -Sen on Coeur d 'Al ene Lake for a week of outstanding music and dance and fun set in a 2 5 7 acre pine and f ir forest. There is nearly a mile of lakeshore , hiking trails, boats, and beach. The camp has a beautiful new dance hal l, multiple workshop sites, cleaned tidy cabins, delicious food and more. Daily age-based work shops in art, singing, music, dancing and more highlight a busy day f inishing with hours on the beach, swimming, sailing, hiking,making music, or just relaxing.
Register at ladyofthelake.org.  Send a check to reserve your space.
For questions about this camp, please contact: familyweek@ladyofthelake.org or phone Maggie at (509) 363-009

Name Badges
Have you noticed the boards of permanent name tags displayed at the back of the hall on Wednesday nights? If you would like to add one with your name on it (and you are a current member of the Spokane Folklore Society), here's what you do. Ask the person taking admissions at the door for a couple of name badge templates. Write your name on one of the templates and decorate it. (The spare template is available in case you make a mistake.) If you don't have colored pens at home, ask someone to bring out the colored pens and stickers from our store room and dec-orate it at the dance. Turn in your completed template at the admissions table. When we have accumulated half a dozen completed templates, someone will get out the button machine and make you a permanent name tag. Then you won't need to write your name on a paper label each week.

Semi-Final 2014 Spring Contra Dance Series
Bands TBA

Dance Instruction 7:00PM Dance 7:30-9:30 PM

4/2 Nora Scott   Hey for Four
4/9 Susan Dankovich   Balance and Swing
4/16 Ray Polhemus (H) Jam Band
4/23 Karen Wilson-Bell   Circling
4/30 Susan Dankovich   Buzz Step Swing
5/7 Nora Scott   Straight Lines
5/14 Ray Polhemus   Anticipation
5/21 Karen Wilson-Bell(H) Jam Band
5/28 Morna Leonard   Contra Corners
6/4 Susan Dankovich  Stars
6/11 Emily Faulkner   Intermediate Dances
6/18 Larry Simmons (H) Jam Band
6/25 All Callers
The Teaching Syllabus was requested by some contra dancers as a way to improve the quality of dancing on Wednesday nights. The “teaching moment” is optional and will be no longer than five minutes, and the theme for the night will be reflected in the dances chosen by the caller.

International Folk Dancing
with Karen Wilson-Bell

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W Fort George Wright Drive (near
Spokane Community College)
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, beginning January 14, 2014, 7 to 9 PM
-- Meet people with an international outlook
-- Get healthy exercise for the mind and body
-- Learn dances from around the world
-- Have fun!
-- No partner necessary
-- Plenty of parking
Bring Comfortable dance shoes
Bring a friend, if you wish
$3.00 suggested donation.

Has Your Membership Expired?
At the end of August all memberships in the Spokane Folklore Society expired. 
You will continue to receive the newsletter until November, including information
about upcoming events and copies of the membership form. When you renew, you will not
only get discounts at dances, but you will be helping to support the mission of the Spokane
Folklore Society.