About the Staff – Family

Family Week Staff – 2018


Betsy Richards, David Richards, Seth Richards, Graham Richards

Contra In-Tent-City puts the “family” in family band. Four siblings (out of a whopping 14)  play in a fresh, new, northwest band with energy and verve. Well known in the dance communities of the pacific northwest, the Richards took to the stage with the same enthusiasm and “have-fun” attitude. They are avid and energetic dancers themselves, so they  are sure to get your feet movin’ and keep you dancin’ all night with their groove and drive.


Canote brothersThe heart and soul of Lady of the Lake return with their magic. Greg and Jere make our family gatherings a celebration of community and more. These identical twins from Seattle sing and play into your hearts. Goofy songs, leading our children to bed, hammering out old time music, playing swing tunes late at night, and even mastering card games – these two do it all at Lady of the Lake.

Jody KruskalJody Kruskal playing concertina

Jody is a veteran performer, composer, educator, dance caller and instrument designer. He performs regularly in NY and the UK on his concertina and has been part of dance education and fun on the east coast for many years. He will bring his collection of games, dances, and witty fun to camp as our community dance leader and kids instructor. Check him out at www.jodykruskal.com

Susan Michaels

Family-Stf-2012_Susan MichaelsSusan is back to teach early morning and late night contras to teens and adults. Entertaining, enlightening, and elevating our dance skills, Susan will also be our storyteller, delighting us with heartwarming and wacky tales. A long-time resident of Los Angeles, we are now proud to have her living in the Pacific Northwest and even closer to that elusive moose sighting she dreams of.

Darryl Thomas & Valerie Bergman

Valerie Bergman and Darryl Thomas
Back by popular demand!  Valerie Bergman and Darryl Thomas of Rainbow Dance Theater are returning as our specialty dance instructors.  Their dynamic teaching  repertoire includes modern as well as traditional dances from many world cultures. The duo have won many awards for their innovative choreography and fusion of dance styles.  Whether it’s Salsa, Haitian, West African or Hip-Hop it will be fun, fun, fun! Favorites at Family Camp, we are delighted to have them join us in 2018!  Check out their website @ rainbowdancetheatre.org


Art Teachers

To be announced.

Mel Luedders

Mel has worn many hats while on staff at Lady of the Lake. This year she will help organize the program for the “wee little ones” and lead the teen and adult singing. Mel lives in Spokane, where she heads up a young children’s program and directs the Spokane Community Choir.


Brendon Biele will provide quality sound for all to enjoy.