WEEKEND: Contra dance set Saturday at Black Diamond Hall in Port Angeles

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — For this Saturday night's community contra dance, veteran dance callers Amy and Tom Wimmer are coming over from Seattle to teach a beginners' workshop and then settle in for a night of exercise set to music.

The Black Diamond Community Hall at 1942 Black Diamond Road is the place for the all-ages dance, to start with the workshop at 7:30 p.m.

After a half-hour of learning and refreshing, the Rose Street Ramblers from Port Townsend will step up to play till 11 p.m.

Admission is by donation, with $8 suggested for adults and $4 for youth age 12 to 18. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, though.

As always, no partners are required, and dress is casual.

“People can enjoy a contra dance if they can hear the beat in music and walk to the beat,” said Tom Wimmer.

“No fancy footwork [is] required; we'll guide them along the way, and the other dancers will help as well.”

The Wimmers, who organize a weekly contra dance in Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood, are known for tailoring their calling to the dancers' skills and tastes.

They like to take a break from their usual work as project managers and chicken herders “to do something more fruitful, like calling a dance,” said Tom.

For more about the community contra dances held monthly at the Black Diamond hall, phone 360-457-5667 or visit www.BlackDiamondDance.org.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: January 30. 2014 8:04PM
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