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Catapult showcases rising-star callers from across the USA. (And beyond?)

If you’ve got the chops, but haven’t gotten the exposure you need to get the attention of dance weekend organizers, apply now to let us catapult you into the spotlight of the national stage.

Minimum qualifications:

Plenty of previous experience with inducing dance trance at your home hall and with traveling (un)reasonable distances to weave your mic magic for one-night stands (e.g., out of control schools, drunken weddings), tours, and special events (e.g., New Year’s Eve, Advanced Dances). Maybe even a weekend festival or two.

Here’s what you would need to commit to doing:
  • Call one 2-hour evening contra dance
  • Call one 1.5-hour daytime contra dance
  • Lead or contribute to at least one 1.5-hour workshop
  • Join the other Catapult callers on stage for the ensemble farewell dance
  • Spend the rest of the time dancing, socializing and having a good time
Here’s what you’d get in return:
  • Exposure to a national pool of contra dance festival talent scouts, influencers and decision makers
  • An opportunity to call for a caller’s best marketing channel - dance gypsies from around the country
  • Free entry to the Catapult dance weekend
  • Money (up to a set cap) for travel expenses

The Catapult 2017 Caller and Band application period is now closed.

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"Catapult was created to nurture our communities"

Shawn Brenneman
Musician, caller, leader, dancer
Blacksburg, VA