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All-Star Talent 2012:

Gypsy Caravan
La Banane Enchantée
The Noteboys
On The Fly
Sassafras Stomp
Techno: dJ Improper

Jean Gibson-Gorrindo
Michael Hamilton
Valerie Helbert
Rachel Shapiro
Susan Taylor
Mary Wesley

Mary Wesley

Hometown: Ferrisburg, VT



After seeing several other young callers in action I was inspired to find a way to participate in and contribute to the tradition and community I had so fallen in love with. I started asking other callers how they got started. One person let me call a guest slot at a dance, then another. Then someone told me about Lisa Greenleaf's contra dance caller class at Pinewoods American Week. I attended that summer. About a year later with a few more guest calling slots and a few small community dances under my belt I decided I needed some peer support to help me improve my calling. I started the Mad Robin Callers Collective in Burlington, VT in the fall of 2009.

As a group we gathered to practice and talk about calling and worked to get gigs as a group. Together we learned how to handle a whole evening and our gigs were opportunities for each of us to call and get feedback. With the support of this group I eventually started to get more solo gigs but I continue to call with the Mad Robins as there is always more to learn, together!

Others describe me as friendly, energetic, patient, encouraging, passionate, excited, inclusive, accessible and FUN!

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