Maia McCormick B&WMaia McCormick (NY)

Calling Contras

Coming in from New York City, Maia calls and choreographs contras with capital consquences. Previously, she ran the Williams College dance and she serves on CDNY’s Outreach and Retention Committee. Check out the flash mobs she’s organized.

dan blim B&WDan Blim (OH)

Calling English

Punster, musicologist, and master of charm Dan Blim returns to sweep the floor and wipe the walls (figuratively) with all manner of English choreographic beasts, some hitherto undiscovered.

sassafrass duoSassafras Stomp (MT/ME)

Johanna Davis, Adam Nordell, and John Pranio

Uplifting and soulful music. We’ve been dreaming for years to get these guys; YDW often conflicts with Maine’s Common Ground Fair, an event that musician-farmers are inevitably drawn into. But not this year! A treat.

ripplesThe Ripples (OH/KY)

Gabrielle Lanza, Kristen Planeaux, Andrew Taylor, Christopher Wood

“More Midwest bands at YDW!” The Ripples have been earning quite the following wherever they play, pairing musical variety with a feel-good attitude. We’re thrilled to introduce them to New England.

B&TDJ Beats and Tea (MD)

Techno Contra

Baltimore’s DJ Beats and Tea wields a combination of a custom-programmed DJ setup built around contra dancing, smooth live mixing of the hottest selections of house, trance, techno, and pop music, and a supply of the perfect tea for the occasion (iced tea in the summer and hot tea in the winter).