Wintergreen 2016 - Sassafras Stomp we love you! Wintergreen 2016 Dancers Wintergreen 2016 - Quarks jazzing it up

A BIG THANK YOU to Sassafras Stomp, Erik Weberg, The Quarks, Roy Curet and all the musicians, dancers and helpers of all kinds who made Wintergreen 2016 a big success. 

16th Annual Contra Dance Weekend
 dancing, music and workshops in beautiful Bozeman, MT

January 27-29, 2017

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Bozeman Senior Center
807 North Tracy Avenue, Bozeman

Note: Due to a scheduling glitch, Great Bear Trio and Sarah VanNorstrand will join us for Wintergreen 2018. Wintergreen 2017 is excited to host Barefoot with Michael Hamilton!

Ed & Jamie


EDWARD HOWE - fiddle+ and sound
JAMIE OSHIMA - guitar+

The most loveable band on the block. Barefoot has an energetic take on traditional folk and contemporary pop & electronica. Fired by improv and original compositions with long tap roots in New England and Acadien tunes, both Ed and Jamie hail from Whitefield, a small farming community in Midcoast Maine.

Ed was half of Perpetual e-Motion, who rocked Wintergreen in 2013. We’re pleased to have him back as part of another power duo! Jamie lends his talent, enthusiasm, innovation and creativity as the other  foot. A homeschooling high schooler, Jamie is currently touring with Ed, but don't let the young age fool you. Ed feels immensely privileged to be making music with such an amazing individual. Blending in pop, beat boxing, Quebecois style foot percussion, and a multitude of instruments -- these two guys are new and fresh!

Sample Barefoot at: https://youtu.be/X0-0jweRkcw and find out more: http://sopaudio.com/musician



STEVE MARTY - guitar/mandolin/foot percussion
DENNIS HUNT - percussion/assorted wind and string instruments

This super group is made up of members of hometown favorite Weatherwood Trio and some added talent from as far away as Salt Lake City and California. The idea for the band formed in a music workshop at Wintergreen 2016, grew through some lively jamming, and coalesced into a potent dance music powerhouse. With their diverse musical interests expect some surprises as well as a good time.


Michael in good companyMICHAEL HAMILTON

Michael stepped behind the microphone at his local dance in Peninsula, OH in 2008. He began dancing in college and, under the mentorship of Carol Kopp, is a mainstay caller in northeast Ohio dance communities. He rose to national prominence after calling at Catapult in 2012 (with Sassafras Stomp) and hasn’t looked back.

Michael shares the joy of the dance floor by presenting dances with poise and direct simplicity, while maintaining a flexibility and patience to match the abilities of his dancers.

Roy Curet


Roy is a well-traveled caller, dancer and fiddler.His easy style, clear presentation and depth of material make him sought after throughout the inland northwest contra community. Roy started calling in 1990 and has called dances with Out of the Wood, KGB, Eric Anderson, Wild Asparagus, Sassafras Stomp and just about every band in Montana.

Saturday Workshops

Saturday morning and early afternoon will be filled with a stimulating assortment of concurrently running workshops:

  • Try challenging dances, learn new moves and how to embellish and improvise.
  • Add to your dance music chops with face-to-face lessons from some of the best in the business. Focus on aspects of ensemble playing for both advanced and beginning musicians.

Expect to come away with something you didn't know before, regardless of your experience coming in.

Bozeman Senior CenterVenue

The 2017 weekend will again be held at the Bozeman Senior Center on the corner of Tracy and Tamarack (807 N. Tracy). 2016 participants loved the space. The Center has a big, beautiful wood dance floor, streams daytime sunlight, has lots of parking, and comfy couches for socializing. Workshop spaces are close by and kitchen/dining facilities are convenient. If the weather is good, there's a garden/patio area for sunning in the back. The acoustics are good too and it's still only about 8 blocks from Main Street.


More About Bozeman

Bozeman is a beautiful and historic town with fantastic scenery, great places to eat, friendly people, best enjoyed on foot. Elevation is 4,810 feet above sea level and population is 32,000 plus 10,000 college students (home of Montana State University). If you want a lot more details ask the Chamber of Commerce or Bozeman Net.

Schedule some extra time to ski Bridger, Bohart Ranch, Moonlight Basin or Big Sky. Or go south a couple hours to Yellowstone Park, the first and oldest national park in the world. Take in a geyser in winter glory by ski or snowcoach or the Boiling River, a natural hot springs (if you're willing to take your clothes off in sub-zero weather and can find a nice river rock to sit on - bathing suits required).

Bozeman winter weather can be unpredictable. Find out more at travel.state.mt.us/whatsnew/roadsandweather. Bozeman is located in south central Montana between Butte and Billings, Montana along Interstate 90. The airport serving the area is Gallatin Field and is located ten minutes west of Bozeman and just east of Belgrade. It provides service for major airlines including Delta, Northwest, United, Horizon and Frontier. Daily flights to Salt Lake City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver and Seattle provide convenient connecting service to domestic and international airports.