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Folk, contra and traditional Dance Musicians and Leaders Leaders in California

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Lynn Ackerson

Appears as: leader

Plays for Contra, and Square Dance

Homebase is in (or near) El Cerrito, CA

For more information: (510) 525-7440; (Email): de('callynn1', 'net', 'pacbell');

Some Recent appearances:

Saturday, March 3, 2012 Corvallis, OR — Corvallis Folklore Society Contra Dances

Monday, April 23, 2012 Concord, MA — Monday Contras

Saturday, June 23, 2012 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society

Saturday, March 23, 2013 Eugene, OR — Eugene Folklore Society Contra Dances

Saturday, March 30, 2013 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society

Friday, April 5, 2013 Mill Valley, CA — Epicenter Dance Weekend

Saturday, October 26, 2013 Eugene, OR — Eugene Folklore Society Contra Dances

Sunday, February 16, 2014 Corvallis, OR — Corvallis Folklore Society Contra Dances

Thursday, August 13, 2015 Helena, MT — Usa West 2015 Helena, Mt

Saturday, October 24, 2015 Eugene, OR — Eugene Folklore Society Contra Dances

Eric Black

Appears as: leader

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) La Honda, CA

Some Recent appearances:

Saturday, June 2, 2012 Peterborough, NH — Peterborough 1st Saturday Contra Dance

Monday, June 4, 2012 Concord, MA — Monday Contras

Saturday, March 1, 2014 Corvallis, OR — Corvallis Folklore Society Contra Dances

Saturday, December 6, 2014 Corvallis, OR — Corvallis Folklore Society Contra Dances

Warren Blier

Appears as: leader and musician

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Monterey, CA

A member of: Uncle Joe’s Banjo Band

Some Recent appearances:

Saturday, January 28, 2012 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Contra Dance (as leader)

Dennis Boxell

Appears as: leader

Plays for Balkan Folk Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Fair Oaks, CA

Notes: Also roducer of rare and original Balkan CDs and DVDs

For more information: (Email): de('dennisboxell', 'com', 'msn');

Web: www.FolkloreAdventures.com

Tom Bozigian

Appears as: leader

Plays for Armenian Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Los Angeles, CA

For more information: (Email): de('bozigian', 'net', 'earthlink');

Web: www.bozigian.com

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Samuel Breslow

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Claremont, CA

Notes: Co-president of CONTRAversial, the contra dance club of the Claremont Colleges. We host dances around once a month during the academic year, as well as occasional workshops, field trips, and other related events. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to play or call for one of our dances!

For more information: (Email): de('claremontcontra', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: contraversial.weebly.com

Kevin Carr

Appears as: instructor and musician (fiddle, bagpipes of europe, accordion, banjo)

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Notes: traditional fiddler and piper loves to play for dancing of all kinds, give concerts, tell stories.

A member of: Hillbillies From Mars

For more information: (650) 468-5389; (Email): de('Kevin', 'com', 'HillbilliesFromMars');

Web: www.kevincarr.org

The music of Kevin Carr :

CDs: Airs Tordus - Tetes de Violon, Hillbillies from Mars, King of the Pipers and Other Stories, Parcel from Ashland, The Big Music and Other Stories, Wake the Dead, Wake the Dead - Blue Light Cheap Hotel, Wake the Dead - Buckdancers Choice

Lloyd Carr

Appears as: leader and musician (piano)

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Los Angeles, CA

Some Upcoming appearances:

Saturday, April 21, 2018 Concord, NH — contra (as musician)

Jason Christodoulou

Appears as: leader

Plays for Swing Dance

Homebase is in (or near) San Francisco, CA

Keith Connes

Appears as: leader

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Santa Barbara, CA

For more information: (805) 964-8627; (Email): de('kconnes', 'net', 'cox');

Jerry Duke

(picture of Jerry Duke)

Appears as: caller, leader and instructor

Plays for Balkan Ballroom Cajun Contra International Square Swing Folk Dance

Homebase is in (or near) San Francisco, CA

Notes: Jerry Duke, Professor and Chair of Dance, San Francisco State U. has a Certificate of Choreography from the Polish Institute in Opole, Poland and has studied and taught the dances of Sweden, England, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, and Serbia. Since 1978, a centerpiece of Jerry’s research has been the Appalachian Big Circle and Square Dance in the southern mountains, in the small-town Cajun Mardi Gras, and social dance circles in Louisiana. It was his research on clogging that helped him learn to play the spoons, saw, mouthbow, and the dancing puppet. He has also studied and taught Contra, Country-Western, Tex-Mex, Cajun, old Scottish square and step dance in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and has done research on PreLenten festivals in Greek Macedonia as well. Books: Appalachian Clog Dance, Cajun Dance, Recreational Social Dance

For more information: (415) 759-5136; (Email): de('jcduke', 'edu', 'sfsu');

Web: www.sfsu.edu/~news/experts/43.htm

Some Recent appearances:

Thursday, August 13, 2015 Helena, MT — Usa West 2015 Helena, Mt

Charlie Fenton

Appears as: leader

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) San Francisco, CA

For more information: (415) 282-5207;

Karen Fontana

Appears as: leader

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Mountain View, CA

For more information: (650) 691-9663; (Email): de('karen_fontana', 'com', 'yahoo');

Web: www.karenscontracorner.com

Mark Galipeau

Appears as: leader

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Rohnert Park, CA

For more information: (Email): de('red72impala', 'com', 'yahoo');

Some Recent appearances:

Saturday, September 26, 2015 Oakland, CA — SF Bay Queer Contra Dance

Barry Glass

Appears as: leader

Plays for Balkan Folk Dance

Homebase is in (or near) CA

Some Recent appearances:

Saturday, March 17, 2018 Concord, MA — Balkan Music Night

Sharon Green

Appears as: caller and instructor

Plays for English Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Oakland, CA

Notes: English country dance teacher featured at festivals and dance weeks on both coasts and in Canada, Japan, and the UK.

For more information: (510) 654-7974; (Email): de('sharongreen', 'edu', 'post.harvard');

Web: greenerywest.net/sharongreen.html

Some Recent appearances:

Friday, October 2, 2009 Hopewell Junction, NY — C D N Y Synergy

Bruce Hamilton

(picture of Bruce Hamilton)

Appears as: caller and instructor

Plays for English, Scottish and Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Menlo Park, CA

Notes: I can program and MC an evening, teach a style workshop, or both.

For more information: (650) 328-0474; (Email): de('BruceHamilton', 'com', 'macconnect');

Some Recent appearances:

Friday, September 2, 2016 Rhododendron, OR — Northwest Passage Dance & Music Weekend

Jo Hamilton

Appears as: leader

Plays for Scottish Ladies Step Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Menlo Park, CA

For more information: (650) 328-0474; (Email): de('bruce_hamilton', 'com', 'agilent');

Jason Hecht

Appears as: leader

Plays for Israeli Folk Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Los Angeles, CA

For more information: (Email): de('jhecht', 'com', 'hotmail');

Web: www.jasonhecht.com

Erik Hoffman

Appears as: leader and musician (fiddle)

Plays for Contra, Squares, Couple, , Square and Waltz Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Oakland, CA

A member of: 3 O'Clock Shadow, Opportunists, Repercussions

For more information: (510) 444-4397; (Email): de('erik', 'com', 'erikhoffman');

Web: www.erikhoffman.com

Some Recent appearances:

Friday, October 14, 2011 Davis, CA — Davis Contra Dance (as leader)

Saturday, October 29, 2011 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Contra Dance (as leader)

Saturday, October 29, 2011 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society (as leader)

Friday, January 20, 2012 Davis, CA — Davis Contra Dance (as leader)

Friday, June 15, 2012 Davis, CA — Davis Contra Dance (as leader) (unconfirmed)

Saturday, January 12, 2013 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society (as leader)

Friday, June 14, 2013 Davis, CA — Davis Contra Dance (as leader)

Petur Iliev

Appears as: leader and musician

Plays for Bulgarian Dance

Homebase is in (or near) San Jose, CA

Michael Jones

Appears as: leader

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) San Francisco, CA

For more information: (Email): de('info', 'org', 'sffolkfest');

Some Recent appearances:

Saturday, September 24, 2011 Toronto, ON — Toronto Country Dancers

Jennifer Kelly

Appears as: leader

Plays for Scottish and Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) CA

Larry Lynch

Appears as: leader

Plays for Irish Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Fort Mason, CA

Joyce Miller

Appears as: leader

Plays for Contra, and Squares Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Grass Valley, CA

For more information: (530) 272-6498; (Email): de('joyceling', 'net', 'sbcglobal');

Some Recent appearances:

Saturday, September 10, 2011 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Contra Dance

Saturday, September 10, 2011 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society

Saturday, December 31, 2011 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Contra Dance (unconfirmed)

Saturday, December 31, 2011 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society

Saturday, June 30, 2012 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society

Saturday, March 23, 2013 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society

Saturday, May 3, 2014 Nevada City, CA — Nevada City contra dance

Lee Otterholt

Appears as: leader

Plays for Balkan Folk Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Laguna Beach, CA

For more information: 949 715 9788; (Email): de('Leeotterholt', 'com', 'yahoo');

Web: leeotterholt.com/default.aspx

Some Recent appearances:

Sunday, October 16, 2011 Athens, Att — Dance Tour Of Greece

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Athens, Att — Test Event (unconfirmed)

Susan Petrick

(picture of Susan Petrick)

Appears as: caller and leader

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) CA

For more information:

Some Recent appearances:

Saturday, September 24, 2011 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Contra Dance

Saturday, September 24, 2011 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society

Saturday, November 19, 2011 Lenox, MA — Lenox Contra Dance

Saturday, December 10, 2011 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Contra Dance

Saturday, December 10, 2011 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society

Saturday, December 17, 2011 Corvallis, OR — Corvallis Folklore Society Contra Dances

Friday, March 16, 2012 Davis, CA — Davis Contra Dance

Sunday, April 15, 2012 Santa Barbara, CA — Santa Barbara Contra Dance

Saturday, April 28, 2012 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society

Saturday, January 5, 2013 Corvallis, OR — Corvallis Folklore Society Contra Dances

Saturday, February 9, 2013 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society

Friday, March 8, 2013 Eugene, OR — Eugene Folklore Society Contra Dances

Friday, April 5, 2013 Mill Valley, CA — Epicenter Dance Weekend

Sunday, October 13, 2013 Amherst, MA — Downtown Amherst Contradance

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Amherst, MA — Downtown Amherst Contradance

Saturday, February 8, 2014 New York, NY — Country Dance New York Contra Dance

Friday, February 14, 2014 Shelburne, VT — Queen City Contras

Saturday, May 3, 2014 Corvallis, OR — Corvallis Folklore Society Contra Dances

Sunday, April 12, 2015 Eugene, OR — Eugene Folklore Society Contra Dances

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Lenox, MA — Lenox Contra Dance

Richard Powers

Appears as: leader

Plays for Ballroom and International Folk Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Stanford, CA

For more information: (Email): de('xwaltz', 'com', 'hotmail');

Web: dance.stanford.edu

Celia Ramsay

(picture of Celia Ramsay)

Appears as: caller and leader

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Saint Helena, CA

Notes: Traditional style contra dance caller in Northern California and traditional Scottish vocalist, and jazz songwriter

For more information: (Email): de('celiaramsay', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: www.celiaramsay.com

The music of Celia Ramsay :

CDs: I’ll Just Lie About It, Songs of my Father’s People

Some Recent appearances:

Saturday, January 14, 2012 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Contra Dance

Saturday, January 26, 2013 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society

Suzanne Rocca-Butler

Appears as: leader

Plays for International Folk Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Bay Area, CA

Gary Shapiro

Appears as: caller, leader and instructor

Plays for Contra English Family Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Santa Barbara, CA

Notes: I also lead simple “barn-dance” type dances at wedding receptions and other parties.

For more information: (805) 682-5523; (Email): de('tdg-garyes', 'com', 'snkmail');

Web: dance.garyes.com

Andy Shore

(picture of Andy Shore)

Appears as: caller, leader and instructor

Plays for Contra Square Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Aptos, CA

Notes: Calling Modern Western Squares since 1989 & Contras since 2007

For more information: (831) 345-7989; (Email): de('square.a.shore', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: andyshore.com

Some Recent appearances:

Thursday, October 20, 2011 Concord, MA — Thursday Contras at the Scout House

Friday, December 16, 2011 Melbourne, FL — Tropical Haven (Melbourne) Contra Dance

Friday, January 20, 2012 Melbourne, FL — Tropical Haven (Melbourne) Contra Dance

Sunday, October 21, 2012 Cambridge, MA — BIDA Contra Dance

Friday, May 6, 2016 Woodstock Valley, CT — Lcfd Spring Gender Role Free Dance Camp

Jeffrey Spero

Appears as: caller and musician (piano)

Plays for Celtic Contra English Scottish Square Waltz Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Santa Monica, CA

A member of: Chopped Liver, Syncopaths

For more information: (Email): de('jeff', 'com', 'syncopaths');

Web: www.jeffandgigi.com/contra

The music of Jeffrey Spero :

CDs: Syncopaths: Five Gears, Syncopaths: Rough Around The Edges

Some Recent appearances:

Saturday, September 24, 2011 Anaheim, CA — Anaheim Contra Dance - 4th Saturday

Sunday, April 8, 2012 Santa Barbara, CA — Santa Barbara Contra Dance (as member of Chopped Liver)

Saturday, April 28, 2012 Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Country Dance Society (as member of Syncopaths)

Sunday, May 20, 2012 Santa Barbara, CA — Santa Barbara Contra Dance

Sunday, February 16, 2014 Corvallis, OR — Corvallis Folklore Society Contra Dances (as member of Syncopaths)

Saturday, December 6, 2014 Corvallis, OR — Corvallis Folklore Society Contra Dances

Friday, April 8, 2016 Oakland, CA — Queer Contra Dance Camp (as member of Syncopaths)

Sylvia Sykes

Appears as: leader

Plays for Swing Dance

Homebase is in (or near) CA

For more information: (805) 569-2933; (Email): de('ssykes', 'com', 'silcom');

Web: www.jonathanandsylvia.com

Tom Van Deusen

Appears as: leader

Plays for Contra Dance

Homebase is in (or near) San Francisco, CA

For more information: (510) 412-3359; (Email): de('vandeusent', 'com', 'yahoo');

Andy Wilson

(picture of Andy Wilson)

Appears as: caller

Plays for Contra Family Square Dance

Homebase is in (or near) Pescadero, CA

Notes: Andy specializes in calling dances for one-off events -- wedding receptions, birthday parties, community events, school programs, church socials, team building, corporate off-site meetings, holiday celebrations

For more information: (65o) 879-o864;

Web: www.AndyWilsonDanceCaller.com

Alan Winston

Appears as: leader

Plays for English, Country, Ceilidh, Barn, , Early, American, Victorian, Regency, Sequence, Couple and Dance

Homebase is in (or near) San Francisco Bay, CA

Notes: Longtime organizer of BACDS Fall Dance Weekend

For more information: (650) 926-3056; (Email): de('alan', 'net', 'alanwinston.homeip');

Some Recent appearances:

Saturday, May 19, 2012 Coos Bay, OR — South Coast Folk Society

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