Fall Frolick's English country dance leaders are:
Gene Murrow (NY) An English country dancer and musician since 1965, Gene Murrow has been teaching and calling at clubs, workshops, festivals, and balls throughout the United States as well as England, Europe, and Japan since 1988. In 1996 he organized the Amherst Assembly, a weeklong conference devoted to a scholarly and practical look at the origins and evolution of the country dance. The author of a resource guide and training curriculum on musicianship for English country dance teachers–the basis of a course offered at Pinewoods, Mendocino, and Berea–Gene approaches the English country dance as a medium in which dancers and musicians participate in the realization of works of art. His dance workshops strive to make their richness of structure, musical form, texture, and affect enjoyable and appreciated by dancers of all abilities.
  Nikki Herbst (IA) An irrepressible dance gypsy who spends at least as much time on both coasts as she does at her home in Iowa City, Nikki has taught English country dancing at Marchfest weekend in Champaign-Urbana, at Terpsichore's Holiday in West Virginia, and at workshops and festivals throughout the Midwest. In the 1980s in California, she was on staff at Mendocino as a musician, and also cofounded the Ukiah contra dance series still running over 25 years later. As a teacher, Nikki's blend of instruction, demonstration, and cheerleading is aimed at inspiring dancers at all levels of experience.
Rosemary Hunt (UK) Co-editor with her husband Steve of the collection Dances from 1792, caller at dance weeks and weekends in the UK (Halsway Manor, Chippenham, Lichfield), Rosemary Hunt is the resident caller at the Wareham Folk Dance Club and organizer of the popular Purbeck weekend in Dorset. She also choreographs dances, setting many of them to tunes by Steve. On this, her first American visit, she will be calling both on the East Coast at CDNY's Weekend Whirligig and on the West Coast here at Fall Frolick.  
Sharon Green -- A live wire sparking English dancing on both coasts and in several foreign countries, Sharon will bring us new dances and old favorites, including a sampling from the work of Fried De Metz Herman.  

The display dance leaders!
  Randall Cayford Randall began his long-term dance addiction with a supposedly innocent evening of Scottish dance. A dance enthusiast and teacher for over 20 years, his repertoire includes morris dancing, longsword, rapper sword, Northwest clog, English clog, English country, contra, etc., etc. You name it, he'll try it. He is foreman of both Berkeley Morris and Swords of Gridlock (rapper sword).
Sue Dupré (NJ) The founder and foreman of a sword and garland dance team, Shandygaff Longsword, Sue Dupré is also the foreman of the molly dance team, Handsome Molly, which has appeared at the Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival in Whittlesey, U.K. As a caller and dance teacher, Sue has been a featured performer at various festivals, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, North Carolina's Black Mountain Festival, Maine's Down East Dance Festival, New York's Dance Flurry and at many dance weekends and summer dance camps.  

Our amazing musical staff

Sue Draheim
Making her Fall Frolick debut, Sue Draheim is far from new on the traditional folk music scene. Born in Oakland, she has played her fiddle in the UK in the John Renbourn Group and in the first incarnation of Ashley Hutching's Albion Band. Closer to home, Sue has performed with the all-women Any Old Time String Band, with the Golden Bough, and with the electric Celtic-rock band Tempest. See suedraheim.com for more about her amazing folk and classical career.
Noel Cragg
Noel Cragg
plays inspiring morris dance music, and jazzy, swinging English (with Jon Berger and Erin Vang in Midnight Smorgasbord, among others), contra dance tunes (often with Chris Knepper). Master of piano and squeezebox, Noel brings a shot of brilliant energy to everything he plays.
Charlie Hancock
Charlie Hancock
Pianist and accordion player Charlie Hancock is a star in the Bay Area English and contra dance scenes, and more. From jazz to swing to Irish music, Charlie plays with brilliance, drive, and clarity.

Rebecca King Known for co-producing the Bay Area Country Dance Society's CD Swinging On The Gate, Rebecca both produced and performs on the CD Farnicle Huggy for Andrew Shaw's 4th collection of 17th-18th century English country dances. Her emotionally moving and vibrant piano playing delights dancers and listeners alike as she plays for English Country dances and contra dances in the San Francisco Bay area. Listen to Rebecca at rebeccakingmusic.com
Shira Kammen
Shira Kammen
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. A member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, the Balkan group Kitka, the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to performance on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, and Japan, and on the Colorado, Rogue and Klamath Rivers. Her website is shirakammen.com.

Jim Oakden
Jim Oakden
has gone through a succession of musical stages, from early music to traditional. Jim has been a staff musician at many West Coast camps including Fall Weekend, both by himself and as part of the GUPpies, and is currently active as a musician for English country dances, contras, Irish and Cape Breton sessions and dances from Brittany. Jim is a board member of the Traditional Dancers of Santa Cruz, led the band for the 2000 Playford Ball, programmed the 2001 and 2002 BACDS Fall Weekends, two American Weeks at (and the 2009 and 2010 English Weeks) at Mendocino.
Michelle Levy Michelle Levy has been performing on the violin/viola for over 20 years and studied classical viola & Old Timey fiddle/banjo at Brown University. After receiving the McKasson scholarship to Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School, she fell in love with the spontaneity of folk music and began a career focused on accompanying vocalists, improvising, and performing ancient music. For two years she toured with improvisational world music ensemble Cantiga. Michelle currently performs throughout the country with an eclectic variety of ensembles and vocalists, plays at concerts of Medieval music, and fiddles for both contra and English Country dances.   Chuck Ward
Chuck Ward and his trusty piano started English dance in the Bay Area many years ago, and is still an incomparable favorite, , treasured by dancers and musicians all over the United States. This past year CDSS (Country Dance & Song Society) honored Chuck by awarding him its Lifetime Contribution Award, which was presented to Chuck in a ceremony held in the Bay Area on March 28.
Doug Olsen
Leading singalongs and singing music hall favorites is that Dickens Fair favorite, Doug Olsen of Oak, Ash & Thorn. [There's no way mere words can capture their music, so we won't even try. Go buy their CDs!]
Nick Cuccia "But I *am* dancing! It's just that my partner is electronic and has a lot of knobs!" is how Nick responds when asked why he's listening to music instead of dancing. Taking equal joy in producing contra, English, and other folk and couple dance music of the highest quality, Nick's credits as lead or assistant sound engineer include numerous BACDS events and camps (English Week, Fall Weekend, Fall Ball, Sierra Swing, and local tours by The Flying Romanos, Pete Grassby, and Four in a Bar), the first two NBCDS Mad Robin English balls, the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, and the Fairfield (IA) Folk Arts and Dance Co-op's annual Bare Necessities dance weekends.

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Photos taken by David Green, prepared by Michael Siemon