2016 Portland Techno Contra Dance

Darlings, it’s happening again. Julie Vallimont and Noah VanNorstrand of the acoustic/electronic band Buddy System are coming back to Portland, OR.

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Noah (fiddle, mandolin, foot percussion) and Julie (piano, accordion, jawharp) have taken the country by storm since they started performing together in 2014. You will never regret listening to a funky folk dance remix of Hotel California.

Calling will be performed by Lindsey Dono, with impeccably-chosen programming and serene style.

October 8th, 2016

at Fulton Park

from 7:30-11:00 PM


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2015 Portland Techno Contra

Julie Vallimont and Noah VanNorstrand – together forming the techno contra band Buddy System – are set to descend on Portland this spring!  Buddy System combines the best of live fiddling, improvisation, and driving electronic beats. Noah (of Great Bear Trio and Giant Robot Dance fame) plays fiddle, foot percussion, didgeridoo, and provides vocals.  Julie (member of Nor’easter, Firecloud, and more), runs the computer, piano, synths, accordion, and jawharp.  Together, they “create live sonic landscapes that’ll put you in a dance trance.

Calling for Noah and Julie will be Will Mentor, he of the little round glasses and impeccable timing.

We’ll be filling up the hall with disco balls, black lights, lasers, glowsticks, and the usual hijinks.

March 7th, 2015

7:30-11:00 pm

at the Norse Hall



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Portland Techno Contra 2013

On March 30th, 2013, Portland Oregon will welcome DJ Improper, the major musical talent behind Contra Sonic. A lifelong contra dancer and DJ since 2010, Improper’s credentials for crafting danceable beats are impeccable.

Calling will be Noah Grunzweig, recent import from the Eastern Tennessee/Asheville, NC area.

When: 7:30pm-11:00pm

Where: Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Price: $12 General, $10 Members, $8 Students/Seniors

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Portland Techno Contra Video 2012

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Portland’s Second Annual Techno Contra!

Firecloud is what happens when two musicians – classically trained since ages 5 and 6 – decide that they want to do something…different. Julie Vallimont spent 15 years as a professional organist before forming her first techno contra band, Double Apex, as well as joining the contra band Nor’easter; Andy Reiner has played with heavy metal, folk, hip-hop, bluegrass, and Irish groups, and has also composed major works for string orchestra.

Together, they blend immense technical skill with a mutual passion for experimentation.  Their music combines the driving beats of techno music with live fiddling. Julie says the process of creating fiddle techno is “like cooking  – if you make cookies, you follow the basic recipe, but who knows what else might get thrown in each time?”

Firecloud will be performing in Portland on Saturday, June 30th, at Fulton Park Community Center. They will be joined by one of Portland’s own callers, the delightful Susie Kendig. This event will include a beginner’s lesson and walk-throughs,  and will be accessible to all ages and skill levels. There will be buckets of bass, disco lights, flamboyant costumes, and as much revelry as we can muster.

Hours will be 8:00-11:00 (lesson at 7:30), and the fee will be $12 for general admission, $10 for members, and $8 for students and seniors. For more information, contact Megan at megan.emerson@gmail.com. Event sponsored by the Portland Country Dance Community.

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Portland’s First Techno Contra Dance

To be held on January 16th, 2011 at Lenora’s Room (third floor of the Melody Ballroom) in Portland, Oregon. 7:00-10:00 PM.

The caller will be Wendy Graham, imported from exotic Colorado for your dancing pleasure, and veteran of Binary Blackout, Seattle’s most recent and wildly-successful techno contra.

Sponsored by PCDC.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Decorations to include black lights, disco balls, and other questionably-tasteful relics of the previous millennium.

Recommended attire is white crinoline, orange zebra stripes, reflective body paint, a veiled tiara stolen from the Prettiest Princess, and sturdy dance shoes.


See more dance photos from Taylor Grant and Doug Plummer.


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