The Thirty-First Annual


Harvest Moon Dance Festival
Santa Barbara, California

October 9–11, 2015

The Carrillo Ballroom will yet again ROCK all weekend long.

Featuring two not-to-miss bands,



The Great Bear Trio

plus two fantastic callers

Cis Hinkle


Sarah VanNorstrand

To attend this amazing weekend, please download and fill out the Harvest Moon flyer/application from here.

Registration is May 4–May 6. This dance festival is expected to fill completely with applications postparked on one of those three days. For best chance of not being wait-listed, get a May 4, 5, or 6 postmark.
Cost is $165 Friday evening through Sunday evening!

Special deal: If you are an experienced contra dancer under the age of 29, we are offering a $100-off youth scholarship.



StringRays feature five amazing musicians— Rodney Miller on fiddle, Max Newman on guitar, Stuart Kenney on bass & banjo, Sam Bartlett on mandolin, and the percussion magic of Mark (Pokey) Hellenberg. Together their music spans the playful and the sublime, the raucous and the tender, the funky and the old-school. They find constant inspiration in each other for lyrical improvising and interplay.

The Great Bear Trio continues to push the boundaries and set the standard for modern contra dance music. Multi-instrumentalist brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand are ably accompanied by their mother Kim Yerton on piano. Their driving rhythm, epic dynamics, and unique rocking style have given them a loyal following of all ages.

Cis Hinkle has delighted contra dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm, and masterful selection of dances.
Sarah VanNorstrand, a caller since 2006, loves dancing, community, and music, and will always make sure the dancers are having fun above all else.


You can request accomodations with fellow dancers on the application form. Alternatively, if a motel room or B&B is within your budget check here for reviews of local properties.

Join fellow dancers in Santa Barbara, CA, with its "best in the west" legendary Sprung Floor for an amazing contra time...

A weekend definitely not to be missed.

Fantastic music, scrumptious food, and amazing dance energy!

For more information, contact Kelli Butler at:


The Harvest Moon Dance Festival is brought to you by the Santa Barbara Country Dance Society & the City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department.

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