Contact David directly if you are interested.
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From: David.Millstone(a)valley.net (David Millstone)
Date: April 28, 2005 7:19:30 PM EDT
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Subject: Wanted! New callers!
Calling all potential callers!
I'm looking at the possibility of starting up a class in the fall for
would like to learn to call traditional American dance-- contras,
other related dances. Your interest might be in calling at a regular
series with experienced dancers, or you might be inclined toward the
of dances that are useful for working with children, family groups,
I have a calling apprentice at the moment, with funding provided
Vermont Folklife Center, and that's been a good one-on-one
difficulty, though, has been that it's hard to practice in the absence
dancers; this is especially true when trying to teach a dance, which
cases is harder than the actual calling. This next time around, I'm
that having a small group (eight people would be ideal) might work
I'm open to working with all ages, and I'm especially hopeful that
some of our
younger dancers might take a step toward becoming callers. We do have
younger musicians in the area and it's fun to contemplate a new
inheriting our thriving dance scene.
So, would you like to learn how to be the person on the other side of
I'm imagining a regular series of meetings, once or twice a month,
the fall of 2005 and running through spring of 2006. We'd meet as a
participants would have opportunities to practice on each other and to
support and encouragement. I'll share my thoughts as well, will direct
helpful resources, and will offer specific suggestions as well. I'd
the members of the group could call at area dances. I know I'd be
happy to have
a "new caller" slot at our monthly Northern Spy dances.
Before putting more effort into planning this project, however, it'll
to know if there are enough possible participants. Please let me know
in the next week or two if this is something you might enjoy doing.
Once I have
a list of interested folks, we can talk more and figure out the details
together. You can phone me at 603-448-29050 or simply reply to this
Looking forward to working with some of you!