Lisa Greenleaf (MA)
is a sought-after staff member at dance camps and festivals throughout the country and beyond. Her rich repertoire, succinct teaching, and commitment to community building make her a dance camp favorite.
Carol Ormand (WI)
is beloved throughout the dance community for her smooth and unflappable style, wickedly fun dances, and penchant for keeping all the dancers on the floor smiling.
Valerie Williams (IA)
teaches ballroom and social dances, folk dances, and Argentine tango. A movement analyst, she skillfully guides versed dancers into becoming better dancers, emphasizing musical phrasing and clear communication between partners.
Judy Erickson (MA)
is a purveyor of traditional percussive dance, from French Canadian waltz clogging to Appalachian flat-footing. She combines traditional footwork with contemporary music to create new takes on traditional dance forms.
Willy Claflin (CA)
accompanied by his faithful sidekick Maynard Moose, is an irresistible storyteller and master teacher. Featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, he is also recognized for his off-stage work in helping to save endangered squeaking rubber animals.
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Van Kaynor (NH)
his fluid and lyrical fiddle playing has taken him to dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Texas and Nova Scotia to Lake Wobegon. A composer and teacher of violin and fiddle, he also plays with Big Bandemonium and the Fourgone Conclusions.
Ron Grosslein (MA)
contributes great enthusiasm and charisma on both fiddle and mandolin. He enjoys helping to mold the energy that happens between the dancers and the music.
Becky Ashenden (MA)
dabbles in many musical styles on an assortment of instruments. Her gusto and finesse on piano and accordion have been influenced by trips to Cape Breton Island and East and West Coast Balkan camps.
Chuck Corman (MA)
brings strong Balkan rhythms to contra dance music on bass and guitar. An active musician for over 30 years, he has performed at music and dance camps across the country as well as in Europe, Japan and Brazil.
Eden MacAdam-Somer (MA)
is one of the most exciting and versatile young fiddlers performing today. With roots in classical music, she has also grown to love traditional fiddling, jazz, and folk music from around the world.
Larry Unger (MA)
a prolific tunesmith and musical prankster, he plays guitar, banjo, piano and bass with many renowned contra bands. His original waltzes and fiddle tunes have been played and recorded by musicians around the world.
Sam Bartlett (IN)
plays Irish, old-time American, and contra dance music on mandolin and guitar. When not on tour, he loves torturing his family with obscure banjo recordings or practicing in the resonant bathroom while his son is in the tub.
Dave Langford (MA)
combines multiple styles of fiddling with fierce energy and drive, cutting loose on his fiddle with his hands while his feet beat out a Quebecois rhythm. He is an experienced and versatile fiddler, guitarist, and fiddle teacher.
Bill Tomczak (CO)
adds an elevated layer of pure joy to contra dance music with his jazzy clarinet and saxophone.
Ann Percival (MA)
creates drama and driving musical support for the contra dancers. Recognized as the heartbeat for the band Wild Asparagus, you’ll hear her playing piano, guitar, or a little ukulele, often adding her sweet vocals to the mix.
Mark Murphy (NY)
most recently with Wild Asparagus on stand-up bass, provides that strong dance beat that grounds the musical interplay of the other band members.
Marty Brenneis (CA)
a valued “gizmo guy,” was a rock-n-roll sound engineer in a former life. It wasn’t long after he started contra dancing that he began twiddling the knobs on the soundboards for dances … and he hasn’t stopped yet.
Jeff O’Connor (CA)
a venerated Mendocino master chef, is back! Be prepared for a week of fine dining and extravagant snacking, presented with artistry and imagination.