Performers

The 2015 staff is another exciting line-up.

Michael Hamilton

Michael Hamilton

Calling captivating contras

Michael Hamilton has a smile is so big, you can hear it as you are dancing. He first stepped off the dance floor and behind the microphone at his local dance in Peninsula, OH in 2008. Under the mentorship of Carol Kopp, Michael became a mainstay caller in the northeast Ohio dance communities. Since then, we’ve tracked him as he’s roved further afield calling dances and dance weekends wherever he goes. He’s a joy. Plus he plays banjo!

 

Melissa Running

Melissa Running

Calling enchanting English

Melissa Running discovered she could take folk dance for PE credit in college, and never looked back. How lucky the rest of us were! She started playing for dances and then calling English in the Philadelphia area. She now lives in Silver Spring, MD, calls nationally, plays piano for English and Scottish country dancing, and plays the nyckelharpa for pleasure and for Swedish dancing (and a little Norwegian, and sometimes English). She’s written a number of dances and a larger number of tunes. In her other life, she is a technical writer for a government contractor, where she may yet convince her HR person to come dancing after work. She is renowned for her warm, accessible, and fun-loving style leading English Country dance — if you’ve never tried it before, you are in good hands.

 

Gallimaufry

Gallimaufry

Playing for contras, English, and more

Gallimaufry, an Oberlin-bred quintet of dance music awesomeness, is a sight to behold featuring the talents of Brian Lindsay, Alex Sturbaum, Ness Smith-Savedoff, Donal Sheets, and Arthur Davis. They have a lot of tools in their palette and colors in their toolbox, which they use to paint a surprising, ear-‘sploding dance machine. Really.

 

Tim Ball Rachel Bell Julie Vallimont

Tim Ball, Rachel Bell,

& Julie Vallimont

Playing for English, contras, and more

Tim, Rachel, & Julie is a super-power cross-section of dancers musicians uniting under the YDW banner. Fiddler Tim Ball hails from Ithaca, NY where he rules with his audacious Irish bowings with Tunescape/Escape, the O’Shanigans, and more. Accordionist Rachel Bell wields Alfredo, the Italian accordion, with devastating, French-tune driven abandon with (yes!) Tunescape/Escape, The Andrew and Noah Band, and (yes!) more. Finally, pianist Julie Vallimont’s earth-shaking superpowers are well-known to YDW. No slouch, she plays with Nor’easter, Buddy System, and (yes!) more.

 

D.R. Shadow

D.R. Shadow

Collaborating for a late night techno contra set on Friday evening!

D.R. Shadow… who is this electrocontra man of mystery? Super-hero or super-villain? What dark, pandora’s box of late-night thump-age will the D.R. open?