If you live in Sitka, you’ve definitely heard of contra dance. And if you live on planet earth, you’ve certainly heard of techno or electronic dance music (EDM). You may not expect much of a cross-section between the two communities, but once a month, at the Larkspur Cafe, that’s exactly what you’ll find.
Susan Michaels is the artist-in-residence at Keet Gooshi Heen elementary school. She's been teaching students traditional American country dancing. Her work culminates this Friday with a live barn dance for the students and general public (6:30 PM Fri Feb 14, Keet Gooshi Heen, no charge) with Sitka's contra band Fishing for Cats. Michaels hails from Los Angeles, where she's been calling dances for 30 years.