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I have been calling traditional contra and square dances since the spring of 1990. Several years later I took the plunge and added English Country dance leadership to my skill set. I have called at well over 100 dance weekends and festivals in the United States, Canada, England, and Denmark; see the list below and/or check out my upcoming gigs. When I moved to Madison, Wisconsin, in 2005, I started playing fiddle for dances, too.

I've served on the Board of Directors for the Country Dance and Song Society (1998-2006) and on Boards of Directors for several regional dance / folk arts organizations. I had the honor of being Program Director for CDSS' English and American Week at Pinewoods from 2009-2011 and for the inaugural three years of CDSS' Dance, Music and Spice Week at Camp Cavell (2016-2018).

Besides contra, square, and English Country dancing, I enjoy dancing Morris, rapper sword, longsword, and Scandinavian dances. I've been in many performing groups over the years, and currently dance with Braintrust Morris. For several years I was also a member of the Minnesota Wild Roses, a Modern Western Square Dance club. Their club caller was the stunningly talented Dan Sahlstrom, the best caller I've ever heard, of any style, anywhere. For those of you who are now wondering, no, I don't wear crinolines.


Weekends and festivals, 1997-2019

2019

Lady of the Lake June Camp, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Desert Spring Dance Weekend, Phoenix, AZ
Moosejaw, Detroit Lakes, MN

2018

CDSS' Dance, Music and Spice Week, Camp Cavell, MI
Dancing Bears Dance Weekend, Wasilla, AK
Phoenix Winter Frolic, Phoenix, AZ

2017

Halsway Manor, England
CDSS' Dance, Music and Spice Week, Camp Cavell, MI
Blue Moon dance weekend, AL
Call of the Loon, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

2016

LCFD Gender Role Free Dance Weekend, Becket, MA
CDSS' Dance, Music and Spice Week, Camp Cavell, MI
Sidmouth Folk Festival, Sidmouth, England
Door County Folk Festival, Ephraim, WI
Spring Fling, Owen Sound, Ontario

2015

Dare to Be Square, Brasstown, NC
Squirrel Moon, Dodgeville, WI
Lady of the Lake, Coeur d'Alene, ID
CDSS Centennial Tour, Tucson, Phoenix, and Prescott, AZ
Ralph Page Legacy Dance Weekend, Durham, NH

2014

Tommerup Square and Contra dance weekend, Denmark
Looking Glass Fall Festival, Lansing, MI
Chehalis Dance Weekend, Vancouver, BC
Camp Damp, Juneau, AK
Cumberland Dance Week, Nancy, KY
BACDS Family Week, Sonora, CA
Stutevant Dance Camp, Sturtevant, CA
Stellar Days and Nights, Buena Vista, CO

2013

Northwest Passage, Portland, OR
FoldMADness Music and Dance Camp, Albuquerque, NM
Spring Fling, Owen Sound, Ontario
Triangle Area Callers' Workshop weekend, NC
Fiddling Frog, Pasadena, CA

2012

Music City Masquerade, Nashville, TN
Folk Dance Days, Mountain View, AR
Ann Arbor Dance Weekend, Ann Arbor, MI
Midwest Dance Leadership Conference, Cincinnati, OH
BACDS American Week, La Honda, CA
Call of the Loon, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Gainesville Old-Time Dance Weekend, Gainesville, FL

2011

Looking Glass Fall Festival, Lansing, MI
Brattleboro Dawn Dance, Brattleboro, VT
CDSS' English & American Week at Pinewoods, Plymouth, MA
Ann Arbor Dance Weekend, Ann Arbor, MI
IndepenDance Daze, Delafield, WI
Dancing Bears Dance Weekend, Wasilla, AK
Spring Fling, Owen Sound, Ontario
Call of the Loon, Minneapolis, MN
Cabin Fever, Knoxville, TN
Jan Jam, Champaign-Urbana, IL

2010

Winter Dance Week, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
Fleur de Lis Fling, Louisville, KY
LCFD Gender Free Dance Weekend, Becket, MA
CDSS' English & American Week at Pinewoods, Plymouth, MA
Dandelion Romp, Oberlin, OH
Gypsy Meltdown, Lake Wylie, SC

2009

Folklore Village Festival of Midwinter Traditions, Dodgeville, WI
Thanksgiving dance weekend, Rochester, NY
Wannadance Uptown, Seattle, WA
CDSS' English & American Week at Pinewoods, Plymouth, MA
IndepenDance Daze, Delafield, WI
Fairfield Frolic, Fairfield, IA
Queer Contra Dance Camp, Aptos, CA
Pigtown Fling, Cincinnati, OH

2008

Contra dance weekend, Minneapolis, MN
Tommerup Square and Contra dance weekend, Denmark
Michigan Dance Heritage Festival, Lexington, MI
CDSS' American Dance and Music Week, Pinewoods, Plymouth, MA
Dance Week, Augusta, Elkins, WV
BACDS American Dance Week, Mendocino Woodlands, CA
Balance the Bay, San Francisco, CA
Spring Thaw Dance Weekend, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bayou Bedlam, Houston, TX

2007

Charlottesville Fall Weekend, Charlottesville, VA
Bear Hug Mountain Festival, Rollins, MT
Squirrel Moon Dance Weekend, Dodgeville, WI
Dancing Bears Dance Weekend, Wasilla, AK
Spring Breakdown, Columbia, MO
Corvallis Contra Dance Weekend, Corvallis, OR
Ralph Page Legacy Dance Weekend, Durham, NH

2006

Berea Christmas Country Dance School, Berea, KY
Fall Dance Weekend, Ann Arbor, MI
Wannadance Uptown, Seattle, WA
Echo Summit Dance Weekend, Sacramento, CA
CDSS' American Dance and Music Week at Pinewoods, Plymouth, MA
Kalamazoo Dance Weekend, Kalamazoo, MI

2005

Fire Ant Frolic, Austin, TX
BACDS American Dance Week, Mendocino Woodlands, CA
LCFD spring dance camp, Hopewell Junction, NY
Vernals, Gainesville, FL
Moosejaw, Detroit Lakes, MN

2004

Tommerup Square and Contra dance weekend, Denmark
CDSS' English and American Week at Pinewoods, Plymouth, MA
River Rendezvous, Coshocton, OH
Hockhocking Folk Festival, Nelsonville OH
What the Hey?, Atlanta, GA
Ann Arbor Dawn Dance, Ann Arbor, MI

2003

Winter WarmUp, Columbus, OH
Fall Festival, E. Lansing, MI
Trillium Twirl, Battle Creek, MI
DownEast Country Dance Festival, Topsham, ME

2002

Winter WarmUp, Columbus, OH
Thanksgiving Dance Weekend, Rochester, NY
Dawn Dance, Brattleboro, VT
Duck For the Oyster, Sarona, WI

2001

Fall Festival, E. Lansing, MI
Minnesota Country Dance Weekend, Minneapolis, MN
Echo Summit Dance Weekend, Sacramento, CA
Door County Folk Festival, Ephraim, WI
June Camp, Mukwanago, WI
Ann Arbor Dawn Dance, Ann Arbor, MI
Bayou Bedlam, Houston, TX

2000

Folklore Village Festival of Midwinter Traditions, Dodgeville, WI
BACDS Fall Weekend, Monte Toyon, CA
Squirrel Moon, Madison, WI

1999

Stringalong weekend, E. Troy, WI
Balance the Belle, Louisville, KY
Ann Arbor Dawn Dance, Ann Arbor, MI
LCFD winter dance camp, Becket, MA

1998

Stringalong weekend, E. Troy, WI
Valparaiso 4th of July weekend, Valparaiso, IN
Easter Dance Weekend, Fairfield, IA
Down East Country Dance Festival, Hebron, ME

1997

Ann Arbor English-Contra Extravaganza II, Ann Arbor, MI
Minnesota Country Dance Weekend, Minneapolis, MN
Easter Dance Weekend, Fairfield, IA