Join us at an Urban Contra Party Dance Weekend of unprecedented proportion.
One that will rock the West Coast off the Richter scale.

The Epicenter Dance Weekend will be held in gorgeous Northern California the weekend of March 31 - April 2, 2017. The setting will be picturesque Mill Valley in the heart of Marin County, just north of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge at the beautiful Strawberry Reception Hall. The result will be a weekend of nearly constant Contra dancing to satisfy even the most fanatic of dance gypsies.


Triple A+
Frannie Marr
Sarah VanNorstrand




GenticorumOver the past decade Quebecois band Genticorum has become a fixture on international world, trad, folk and Celtic music scene. Their energetic original and traditional music incorporates dynamic, contemporary North American and European folk styles, weaving together precise and intricate melodies and harmonies. Original band members Pascal Gemme on fiddle & feet, and Yann Falquet on guitar & jaw harp are joined by Nicholas Williams on flute, accordion and piano. Nicholas is from the well-loved Contra dance band Crowfoot. He heightens Genticorum’s jubilant musical feast with his extensive understanding of great Contra dance music. The band is already established as a legendary concert ensemble, and is now making their mark as an equally outstanding Contra dance band.


Triple A+

What do you get when you mix 2/3 of the Great Bear Trio with 2/3 of the Free Raisins…. I bet you weren’t thinking a great dance band ;) but that’s exactly what you get with this absolutely stellar lineup of talent.  Triple A+ is a foursome of extremely talented young players. Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand (NY) are from Great Bear Trio, where Andrew plays fiddle, electric and acoustic guitar, and Noah plays fiddle, mandolin and foot & drum set percussion.  The two have played nationally for over a decade, pushing the boundaries and setting the standard for modern Contra dance music. From the Free Raisins comes Audrey Knuth (MA) on fiddle and Amy Englesberg (WA) on piano and accordion.  Audrey is an unstoppable force on the fiddle, and Amy is a master of those great modern grooves. Triple A+ combines these forces for a new and energetic dance experience.



Frannie Marr, a long time West Coast favorite, has had her calendar bursting at the seams with calling opportunities across the country. She is loved for her cheerful and easy going manner.  Her hallmark is quick walkthroughs, clear calling, and letting the dance and music flow. She chooses fun dances, and her teaching is quick and clear. Frannie loves to dance, and it shows in her calling.

Sarah VanNorstrand comes from Syracuse, New York. She has called at many weekends and festivals nationwide. She is popular because of her engaging manner, as well as her clear and effective teaching style. She has a large repertoire of fun and interesting dances. She is attentive to the dancers and strives to make sure everyone is having as much fun as she is.

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Tentative Schedule

Hall Opens
Contra Dance with Genticorum with Frannie Marr
Contra Dance with Triple A+ with Sarah VanNorstrand

9:30-10 am Couple dancing with Genticorum
10-12:00 Contra Dance with Genticorum and Frannie Marr
12:00-12:30 Concert with Genticorum
12:30-2:00 Lunch on your own
2:00-4:30 Contra Dance with Triple A+ and Sarah VanNorstrand
4:30-7:00 Dinner on your own
7:00-7:30 Concert with Triple A+
7:30-9:15 Contra Dance with Triple A+ and Sarah VanNorstrand
9:45-11:30 Contra Dance with Genticorum and Frannie Marr

9:30-10:00 Couple dancing with Triple A+
10:00-12:00 Contra Dance with Triple A+ and Sarah VanNorstrand
12:00-2:00 Lunch on your own
2:00-4:00 Contra Dance with Genticorum and Frannie Marr
4:00-7:00 Dinner on your own
7:00-10:00 Contra Dance with Triple A+ + Guests and Sarah VanNorstrand
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REGISTRATION & CANCELLATIONS: Registration opens November 1, 2016. The registration fee is $145.00; under age 30 is sliding-scale $80.00 - $145.00. Registration is not transferable. All cancellations are subject to a $15 processing fee. After March 14, 2017 the full fee will be retained unless we are able to fill your place. Refunds will be processed as soon as possible, but may not be paid until after the event. A limited number of half-off work-trade positions are available.

Follow this link to the 2017 Registration form.

To register, send application and payment (check payable to NBCDS) to our registrar, Craig Meltzner, at the address below. If you are unable to open the pdf registration form, just send your (very clearly printed) name, address, email address, and phone number and indicate whether we can print your contact information on the event roster.

Craig Meltzner – Registrar
1916 Diamond Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

There are a limited number of half-off work-trade positions available (4-hour commitment). Email Craig Meltzner (craig@nbcds.org) to request work trade.

If you have further questions email Craig at craig@nbcds.org

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Visit our Facebook Group page to arrange shared housing and/or carpools.


Nearby Motels

707 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley/Sausalito.  (415) 383-0340
Approximately 2 miles SW of hall.

Embassy Suites
101 McMinnis Pkway, San Rafael, 1-800-EMBASSY
Approximately 10 miles N of hall.

Best Western
56 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera.  800-777-9670 / 415-924-1502

Marin Suites
45 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.  800-362-3372 / 415-925-3608

2500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur. 888-253-1628

Motel 6
737 E. Francisco Blvd, SRF, 415-453-3450

Colonial Inn
1735 Lincoln Ave., SRF, 866-599-6674



Strawberry Recreation Center
118 East Strawberry Drive,
Mill Valley, CA 94941

From the North:
Head South on US-101
take exit 447 for Tiburon Blvd/E. Blithedale Ave.
Turn left onto CA-131/Tiburon Blvd.
Turn Right onto E. Strawberry Dr.
Look for signs on right for the "Strawberry Recreation Center"

From the South:
Head North on US-101
take Exit for CA-131 toward Tiburon Blvd/E. Blithedale Ave.
Turn right onto CA-131/Tiburon Blvd.
Turn right onto E. Strawberry Dr.
Look for signs on right for the "Strawberry Recreation Center"

From the East:
From I-580 West,
take exit 2A for Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Merge onto US-101 South via the ramp on the left
take exit 447 for Tiburon Blvd/E. Blithedale Ave.
Turn left onto CA-131/Tiburon Blvd.
Turn Right onto E. Strawberry Dr.
Look for signs on right for the "Strawberry Recreation Center"

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Join the Epicenter Facebook group to discuss the event, post photos, arrange carpools, find roommates for the weekend, etc.