Upcoming Dates


Date Event Location Info
Jan 27-29 2017 Snow Ball Gulfport FL with Pokey and Ralph
Jun 18-24 2017 Lady of the Lake Coeur d'Alene ID
Sep 01-44 2017 Labor Day Dance Away Julian CA with Pokey
Apr 27-29 2018 May Maddness Clarkdale AZ

Fri-Sun Jan 27-29 2017
Florida Snow Ball - Gulfport FL

Florida in the winter.  The distant sound of contra dance music wafting on the gentle breeze as you walk along the beach at sunset. You stroll back into the beautifully restored Gulfport Casino Ballroom to the swirling sights and sounds of one of the country's premier contra dance weekends.

Please join us and the other great bands and callers who will be here to furnish your favorite Florida festival fantasy of feet and floor.


Sun-Sat Jun 18-24 2017
Lady of the Lake - Coeur d'Alene ID

Yes, we're coming back again to Lady of the Lake!  We had such a stupendous time there in 2015 that we're returning by popular demand in 2017.  We're personally very fond of Lady of the Lake camp as this is where we were first raptored by the whole dance floor. 

Lady of the Lake June Week is summer camp the way it should be!  Dancing day and night, Contras, English Country Dance, Squares, Singing Groups, Band Workshops, Small Group Instrument Workshops, Contra and Square Dance Caller Workshops, Singing around the Campfire, Story Telling, Boating, Swimming... I mean come on! 

Camp N-Sid-Sen has cabins nestled in the trees on the shore of Lake Coeur D’Alene and is over-the-top beautiful.  Along with all the wonderful dancing, it's a great camp for dance musicians and dance callers - plenty of opportunity to get to know the staff and find out their trade secrets!


Fri-Mon Sep 01-04 2017
Labor Day Dance Away - Julian CA

Labor Day Dance Away is at beautiful Camp Cedar Glen near Julian Ca. 

One of the hottest and best beloved nation wide contra dances.

 

 


Fri-Sun Apr 27-29 2018
May Madness - Clarkdale AZ

May Madness is the historic Clark Memorial Clubhouse in Clarksdale Az. Always good bands and callers. It's a treat to be in the Southwest.

 

 

 



Previous Dates

Date Event Location Info
Mar 11-13 2016 Memfest Memphis TN
Oct 21 2015 House Concert Seattle WA
Oct 22 2015 Lake City Dance Seattle WA with Pokey and Ralph
Oct 23-25 2015 Fall Fool Seattle WA with Pokey and Ralph
Jun 21-27 2015 Lady of the Lake Coeur d'Alene ID
Jun 19-21 2015 Faultline Frolic Santa Rosa CA
Feb 27- Mar 1 2015 Fiddling Frog Pasadena CA with Pokey and Stuart
Feb 13-15 2015 Cabin Fever Knoxville TN with Pokey and Ralph
May 23-26 2014 Dancing Bears Wasilla AK
May 22 2014 Anchorage Dance Anchorage AK
May 22-26 2014 Leaf Festival Black Mountain NC  


Fri-Sun Mar 11-13 2016
Memfest - Memphis TN

Memphis is so very cool. Except when Memfest is happening. Then it's hot!!

Please join us for a jumping good time in the home of good music.



Wed Oct 21 2015
House Concert at Julia Derby's - Seattle WA

The concert is in the Wallingford/Greenlake Area. The doors open at 7:00pm and we'll begin at 7:30pm. For reservations, please contact: Julia Derby, juliaderby@mac.com, 425-339-7620.

Get ready for a rockin’ evening. Get ready to sing and laugh and be musically amazed.

The Rhythm Raptors, who are primarily known for their hot contra dance music, will get a chance to show off their many other musical talons. Along with searingly exciting instrumental music from the contemporary contra dance scene, there’ll be traditional folk styles, swing jazz ditties, middle-eastern flavors, and original jazz-rock-fusion-string-band music (whatever that is, you’ll have to hear it). We’ll have funny songs and sad songs and songs to sing along with. We’re just going to have a grand time. So please join us.

For those of us not familiar with contra dancing and contra dance music, it may be surprising to know that every sizable town across the nation has a community organization that sponsors contra dancing. From its beginning in New England folk traditions, contra dancing and its music has been actively evolving. The music has a dance-oriented sense of offering traditional tunes with a stylistically free attitude. Rock-and-roll and other beat-oriented dance music is incorporated in order to "get the dancers going". The musicians in The Rhythm Raptors have spent decades perfecting the art of inspiring dancers to move with the music.


Thu Oct 22 2015
Lake City Dance - Seattle WA

Come on out and get wild with the Raptors at the Thursday night Seattle contra dance. It's the most fun you could possibly ever have!

In November 1974 a great country dance revival began in Seattle. Sandy Bradley and The Gypsy Gyppo String Band (Warren Argo, Jack Link, and Jerry Mitchell), started the dance with participatory old-time square dancing at a tavern in Pioneer Square. In 1979 contra dancing was introduced, which got a big boost from bands and callers touring from New England. The dance moved to its present location at the Lake City Community Center in 1998. Even though the prevailing tastes have changed from squares to contras, the spirit of the traditional country dance remains: everyone is always welcome, there's always live music, and the joy, camraderie, and sense of community is strong.


Fri-Sun Oct 23-25 2015
Dancing Fool Weekend - Seattle WA

Always the hottest dancers. Always the hottest callers. Always the hottest bands. Intense contra dance fun!! Not suitable for "beginners". Yikes!! Really?

We'll be there with one of our favorite bands, the famous Groovemongers. With our callers are Jeremy Korr from LA and Gaye Fifer from Pittsburgh, we'll all be dancing like fools! So, register early and we'll see you there.


Sun-Sat Jun 21-27 2015
Lady of the Lake - Coeur d'Alene ID

Lady of the Lake June Week is summer camp the way it should be!  Dancing day and night, Contras, English Country Dance, Squares, Singing Groups, Band Workshops, Small Group Instrument Workshops, Contra and Square Dance Caller Workshops, Singing around the Campfire, Story Telling, Boating, Swimming... I mean come on! 

We'll be there with the fabulous Lattter Day Lizards and our suberb callers Carol Ormand, Woody Lane, and Nan Evans.

Camp N-Sid-Sen has cabins nestled in the trees on the shore of Lake Coeur D’Alene and is over-the-top beautiful.  Along with all the wonderful dancing, it's a great camp for dance musicians and dance callers - plenty of opportunity to get to know the staff and find out their trade secrets!


Fri-Sun Jun 19-21 2015
Faultline Frolic - Santa Rosa CA

Come dance, sing and dine 50 miles north of the Golden Gate in one of the nation's dandiest old dance halls in the heart of Northern California's Wine Country!  We'll be sharing the weekend with one of our favorite bands ever, the Hotpoint String Band.  The dance music will be over the top.  And so will the calling with Lisa Greenleaf and Joyce Miller.  So please join us.  It'll be grand!


Fri-Sun Feb 27- Mar 1 2015
Fiddling Frog - Pasadena CA

Froggy Get Your Bow!! Fiddling Frog Dance Festival is entering its 22nd Year of bringing together great bands, callers, and dancers from across the country.

With callers Cis Hinkle and Seth Tepfer telling us where to put our flippers, how can we go wrong? Along with the super hot music of Riptide from Maine, you can't not make it!


Fri-Sun Feb 13-15 2015
Cabin Fever - Knoxville TN

Knoxville throws one heck of a party at their Cabin Fever dance weekend. Hundreds of the best contra dancers from all over the country gather to dance to nationally known bands and callers.

Joining the Rhythm Raptors for the weekend will be the exciting Northwestern contra dance band Contra Sutra and the great Cis Hinkle.


Fri-Mon May 23-26 2014
Dancing Bears - Wasilla AK

Springtime in Alaska!  Come and celebrate with the Dancing Bears of Anchorage as they come out of hibernation with an action packed three day weekend of Fun.  With The Canote Brothers, Kathy Anderson, and Tony Parks.  Woo Hoo!

The Dancing Bears Dance Camp is at Kings Lake Camp near Wasilla with a scenic view of Kings Lake and the Chugach Mountain Range.  It's a wonderful way to begin another Alaska summer with a great community of folks.


Fri-Sun Oct 18-20 2013
LEAF - Lake Eden Festival of the Arts

There is a huge Contra Dance Party all weekend at this amazing festival near Asheville NC. Also playing for the Contra Dances is Giant Robot Dance . Callers are Sarah VanNorstrand and Maggie Jo Saylor . And Late Night Techno Contra with DJ "Jor-D"!

This is by far the most fun festival on the east coast. Definitely come out to Contra Dance with the Raptors and the Robots. But come to this festival anyway to see all the other amazing things going on.