After stomping and swinging at a few dance weekends I starting thinking,
"What can I do to bring this experience back to my home community?" It
was not long until I started looking for a way to learn more about contra
calling. I attended the Caller’s Workshop led by Cis Hinkle at Augusta in
Elkins, WV in the summer of 2010. Nils Fredland was also on staff that
week and played a large role in my calling education. I started calling
slots at our local dances, attending caller’s workshops at dance weekends,
and soon was calling entire evenings. In 2012 I called my very first
dance weekend! The blur of wonderful local dances, dance weekends, and
mini-tours that followed have made me feel like I have found an amazing
way to enhance the dance community.
I want to be a part of dance communities because they accept everyone,
providing a creative outlet for all participants through live music and
human connection. I am so thankful for the opportunity to help bring
traditional music and dance into the lives of those around me.
I want to continue on the tradition of contra dancing for years to
C’mon out and hear me call! I promise you will be laughing, swinging,
and groovin’ in no time!