Fourth Friday Contra Dance, March 2019 – Buddy System (MA) w Claire Takemori calling

Buddy System from Massachusetts is in town! Claire Takemori calls.

BUDDY SYSTEM plays dance music with heart, seemingly bottomless energy, and a deep groove.  Noah VanNorstrand (fiddle, foot percussion) and Julie Vallimont (piano, jawharp) are known for their creativity, big sound, tight arrangements, and connection with the dancers.  They use their duo to its full potential: Noah’s fiddle and foot percussion powerhouse drives the band, matched by Julie’s rich, nuanced, versatile piano playing.

Buddy System has taken the country by storm since Noah and Julie started performing together in 2014. They’ve played for dancers in more than twenty states, at some of the biggest dance festivals in the country.


About Our Contra Dances

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary. Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted (except for the waltz and hambo). This dance will be called using gender-neutral (Larks/Ravens) terms. Everyone is welcome to dance either/both roles. Learn more.

Beginner’s Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner’s lesson at 6:30. Regular dancing begins at 7:00 (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

Admission: Suggested admission donation is $12 regular, $20 for supporters, $8 for full-time students w/student ID card.  Cash or check only.

Wear: Comfortable, non-marking shoes to protect your feet and our floors – a separate pair of dance shoes works best. You’ll be more comfortable in loose-fitting light-weight clothing.

Overflow parking: Harbor Lights Church — 2008 17th Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Please note that many dancers are very sensitive to fragrances and body odor and that our dances are fragrance-free events (read more).