Click on the name of a staff member to jump to his or her bio. Bios will be added as we receive them!
Bruce Hamilton Charlie Hancock Graham Christian
Maldon Meehan Ted Hodapp Kalia Kliban and Sharon Green
Dave Bartley Doug Olsen Michelle Levy
Nick Cuccia Rebecca King Shira Kammen
  Anne Bingham Goess



Fall Frolick's English country dance leaders are:
Bruce Hamilton Bruce Hamilton --A world-renowned English and Scottish dance leader, Bruce has taught many calling workshops, and is equally good at presenting dances with clarity and wit.  
  Graham Christian (MA) Graham's historical dance knowledge, alternative reconstructions of dances, beautiful form and sly wit make him a treasure. Graham Christian
Jenny Beer Jenny Beer (PA)

A favorite leader during her sojourn in the Bay Area some time back, Jenny has returned to enlivening the Philadelphia dance scene. Author of favorites like "Key to the Cellar" and "The Minor Spaniard", she is an excellent instructor, thanks to her musical sensitivity and good taste.


The Other leaders!
Maldon Meehan Maldon Meehan Portland-based Maldon Meehan performs, teaches, and choreographs Irish sean-nos and set dances in both the Pacific Northwest and Ireland. A prize-winning step dancer, she currently performs with the band Brog Crua.
 

  Ted Hodapp Ted has been dancing, choreographing, teaching, and performing traditional dance for nearly 35 years and has led several rapper and longsword teams including his current team, Cutting Edge Sword of the Washington DC area. Along with performance dance, he continues to dance and teach Scandinavian couple dances, contras, clogging, and a variety of other styles - and tells really bad jokes too. Ted Hodapp
 
 
 
 



Our amazing musical staff
Dave bartley
Dave Bartley (Seattle)
Dave Bartley - the B in KGB (and in its English undercover version, MI-5) - is a brilliant musican and composer.
Charlie Hancock
Charlie Hancock
Charlie Hancock (CA), pianist and accordionist, is equally adept playing for English country, Scottish country, contras, and display dancing. He has played for BACDS dances, camps, and balls for 18 years, with occasional gigs further afield, including Pinewoods and the Portland (OR) English ball. He is a member of Bay Area folk ensemble Euphonia, and has recorded with Sylvia Herold, Holly Tannen, and Cathie Whitesides. Infusing jazz, swing, and Irish music, he plays with brilliance, drive, and clarity.
Rebecca King
Rebecca King
Rebecca King teaches music to hundreds of children in the Sonoma Valley Schools. By night, she plays piano at English Country dances, and in the contradance bands Flashpoint and Luceo. Her recordings include Swinging On The Gate for the Bay Area Country Dance Society, and Farnicle Huggy, a collection of 18th cen. English Country dances.

Shira Kammen
Shira Kammen
Multi-instrumentalist and occasional 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 groups Ensemble Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, the Balkan group Kitka, the King's Noyse, the Newberry and Folger Consorts, the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to providing music on river rafting trips. The strangest place Shira has played is in the elephant pit of the Jerusalem Zoo.
Michelle Levy
Michelle Levy
Michelle Levy has been performing on and exploring the possibilities of the violin/viola for over 20 years.

Starting out classically, she fell in love with the spontaneity of folk music while in college, and soon began a career focused on accompanying vocalists, improvising, and performing ancient music on fiddle, viola, and Medieval vielle. She currently performs with the Boston Camerata and regularly plays for English Country dances & Contra dances on the west coast with lots of groovy folks, recently co-founding dance bands The Whoots (Jim Oakden, Noel Cragg, Ben Schreiber) and TriTonic (Anita Anderson & Jim Oakden). Michelle has played for Playford Balls, English Week Dance & Music Camp, Fall Frolick, & Spring Fever. She just released the album Forces of Nature (March 2012), a collaboration with Shira Kammen.

Wayne Hankin
Wayne Hankin
Multi-instrumentalist Wayne Hankin has toured with Cirque du Soleil, led classes for musicians and singers at Mendocino English Week and Lark in the Morning, and played beautifully on more than one recording with Meredith Monk, Jewel, They Might be Giants, and the New York Ensemble for Early Music.

  Anne Bingham Goess
Anne Bingham Goess
Anne loves playing for Irish dancing (when she's not dancing herself!) She has entertained at the Starry Plough, the UICC and festivals with the Wild Hog Ceili Band and Celtic chanteuse Melanie O'Reilly, toured with the Three Irish Tenors, and brightened Krakow nightlife with a solo concert at the cafe Nowa M┼oda Polska. She can also be heard playing for English and Contra dances with the Raggedy Annes, and singing, dancing and fiddling onstage with the Christmas Revels.
 

Kalia Kliban
Kalia Kliban
Kalia, an expert in performance dance from Appalachian clog to morris to longsword, is the house caller for the Sebastopol English dance, and a rising star on the national scene. A fixture at BACDS Family Week, she's the co-programmer of this year's Fall Frolick.
Sharon Green
Sharon Green
simply loves welcoming newcomers to the joys of English country dance. In 1991 she co-founded Country Dance*New York's all-English True Brit weekend, an event she organized till her move to California in 2002. In California, Sharon soon became actively involved with BACDS, serving as program director for Mendocino English Week in 2005 and 2006. In 2008, she was appointed the first programmer for BACDS's new all-English weekend, a post she held for three years.

Sharon is very happy to be back welcoming folks to Fall Frolick and serving as co-programmer for this very special event.

Doug Olsen
Doug Olsen
A song leader with an extensive repertoire of Elizabethan drinking songs - and more! - Doug always offers a good time.

  Nick Cuccia
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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