I've been involved in traditional dance since 1987 and have been leading
dances since 1992. I am active with the
Urbana Country Dancers
and am one of the leaders of the
Central Illinois English Country
I regularly lead contra, English and square dances in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
and elsewhere. I serve as one of the English country dance editors for the
Country Dance and Song Society Newsletter.
One of my ongoing projects is the reconstuction of music and dances from
New Harmony, Indiana circa 1826.
I've led contra and English dances at various locations in Florida, Hawaii,
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia.
Contact me at 217/359-8225 or
about calling at your dance.
I am able to organize and lead several types of dance evenings, such as:
I also have experience leading a number of different types of workshops and classes, including:
I'm currently involved in a project for the University of Illinois Kinesiology Department in which I am teaching contra and English country dances to senior's.
In the spring of 2013 I taught an English Country Dance class called English Country Dancing in the Age of Jane Austen at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. This will compare and contrast the dances seen in the various movies with dances that might have actually been done by Jane Austen and the characters in her novels.
In the fall or 2013 I taught another class at the OLLI on social dances of the 19th century and how they changed throughout the period.
In the spring of 2014 I co-taught a class at the OLLI on the traditional dance revivals of the 20th century. These included English country dance, square dance and contra dance, along with several other traditional dance forms.
|Some dances I've written|
|Dances from New Harmony, Indiana|
|Notes on dance calling|
|What makes a good dancer?|
|Tips on dancing with beginners|
Here I am calling at a Halloween family dance.
I received a 2010 ACE Award from the
Champaign County Arts, Culture and
Entertainment Council for leadership in the local dance community.
Click here for more information on the award.
Download the poster.
last updated on July 27, 2014