|English dance music by A Joyful Noise||American contradance music with|
|A Joyful Noise is Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm, and Kathy Talvitie||Rodney Miller, Elvie Miller, and Marko Packard|
|Display dance and Irish set music by Jon Berger|
|English dance and Irish set music by Rebecca King|
Michael Cicone first learned traditional English country, Morris, and court dance in 1980 as a performer in the green show at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, where he worked with Carl Wittman. He has been leading English country dance ever since, teaching at regular dances and camps in Boston and Western Massachusetts, Albany, Hartford, and Philadelphia, as well as Early Music and English/American weeks at Pinewoods, and at Heather and Rose weekends in Sisters, Oregon. Michael also regularly performs as a musician and choreographer for Christmas Revels productions in Hanover, NH, sings and plays hammered dulcimer with the folk trio Kallet, Epstein and Cicone, and performs world folk and original music in an instrumental duo with Susan Robbins.
David Millstone started contra dancing in the early 1970s and has been calling dances for more than twenty-five years. David is known for his clear and supportive teaching, for the breadth of his repertoire, for his sense of humor, for the historical background he is able to share with dancers, and for his ability to pick dances with just the right level of challenge for all audiences. His home dance for twenty-four years has been with the band "Northern Spy" in Norwich, Vermont, a monthly event that attracts both young and old dancers.
As a caller for adults, he has performed throughout the Northeast and, more recently, at dance camps and weekends around the country. He performed at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and he also appears on "Choose Your Partners," an album of New Hampshire contra dance music and calling on the Smithsonian Folkways label. He has been on staff at the John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC), Pinewoods, the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend (NH), and the Dance Flurry (NY), among others. Upcoming dance weekends take him to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Oregon over Labor Day Weekend, and again to Brasstown. In addition to calling American dances, David also leads English country dance.
As a dance leader for younger or less experienced dancers, David has called for hundreds of family dances, weddings and private parties throughout the Northeast. He has been a staff member at CDSS family dance camps and will be on staff again this summer for Family Week at Camp Ogontz in northern New Hampshire. During his thirty-year tenure as an elementary school teacher, he also taught sword dancing and Morris dancing to his students.
His video documentary, "Paid To Eat Ice Cream: Bob McQuillen and New England Contra Dancing," was featured at the Green Mountain Film Festival and broadcast on Vermont Public Television. VPT also aired his latest video, "What's Not To Like? A Community Contra Dance," a portrait of his local dance. In January, 2004, David presented a program of dance and videos at the Brooklyn Public Library as part of the "Dance on Camera" series at Lincoln Center.
David Millstone serves on the Governing Board of the Country Dance and Song Society.
Michael Riemer will be teaching Irish Set Dancing, a traditional rural dance form that evolved from the French quadrilles, adapting to the local musical preferences of towns and villages across Ireland - think square dancing with simple footwork. Michael has been teaching and performing multiple types of Irish dancing (including Step, Ceili and Set dancing) with a variety of groups (such as the Celtic Dance Ensemble, and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann) since the mid 1990s, and leads both regular classes and special workshops in Northern California.Back to Top
A graduate of Berkeley Morris and founder of Sebastopol's Apple Tree Morris, Kalia brings many years of experience in Cotswold Morris, sword dancing, and American and English step dancing (clog) to Fall Weekend. An exemplary dancer and an excellent teacher, her classes in display dance are always well received.Back to Top
Daniel (clarinet, flute, whistles) is a member of Hold the Mustard, A Joyful Noise, and Reunion. He mixes a strong classical background with a dash of klezmer and swing.
Dance bands A Band Named Bob, Hold the Mustard, A Joyful Noise, and Reunion feature Barbara (fiddle), whose lyrical and driving fiddle playing lifts dancers off the floor.
In 1983, Rodney Miller was designated a "Master Fiddler" by the National Endowment for the Arts.
He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling. A uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 30 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums. In 1999, Rodney was invited to represent the state of New Hampshire and play at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall in Washington, D.C. In 2003, Rodney played and taught fiddle at Gaelic Roots Week at Boston College, played and taught fiddle at various venues in England,including the Sidmouth Folk Festival and Folkworks Youth Celtic Week and recorded a new album called "Airdance...Flying On Home".
Rodney is also a master violinmaker, and his instruments are featured by Stamell Stringed Instruments in Amherst, MA.
Elvie Miller grew up in New Hampshire, surrounded by folk music and dance. A senior at Oberlin College, she has already developed a strong reputation as a lively and accomplished dance pianist and piano accordionist, especially in the New England and Midwest contradance communities. She teaches contradance piano and has recently released "Grapevine," a contradance album.
Marko Packard, a recent addition to the Connecticut River valley music community, is an excellent Irish flute player, a soulful and swinging saxophonist, and a dynamic guitarist. He toured for several years with the Ohio-based tap-dance company, Rhythm In Shoes, as their lead saxophonist. He has also toured with the contradance bands Airdance, Reckless Abandon, The Groovemongers, and Flapjack. He is currently working on a solo CD of his own songs and compositions.
Jon's fiddle and melodeon have propelled a lot of dancing in the Bay Area. A longtime musician for Berkeley Morris (and now for Apple Tree), he's played for English country dancing both for BACDS and for the Renaissance Faire, done a stint in the Celtic rock band Tempest, and sung with Cyderman's Fancy. His wicked sense of humor has made him a familiar name on the Internet Morris Dance Discussion List. Jon has played for English and Scandinavian dance at Fall Weekend in previous years.
Another classically trained musician who later discovered dance music, Rebecca (piano, accordion) plays with Flashpoint, Luceo, and other noted scoundrels, in an assortment of genres - contra, English, Irish, couple dance.
Sylvia's association with Wake the Dead, Cats & Jammers, the Hot Club of San Francisco, and her long involvement with traditional Irish music, give her a varied repertoire, and her passionate feelings about song will bring major energy to camp. See her web site for more information.
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