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2009 Callers
George Marshall
 
Beth Molaro lives in the Asheville area of Western North Carolina and is an active part of the vital dance community there. To date Beth has called in 25 states as well as Denmark and Canada and at Dance Weekends and Festivals too numerous to mention. Her energetic calling and growing reputation have kept her on the road calling about 100 dances a year for the last few years! Beth is known for her quick no-nonsense walk throughs and effective teaching. She calls high energy dances specializing in "rip roaring" squares and contras that make you go ahhhhhhhh....... website
 
Rick Mohr website
 
Susan Taylor
 
2009 Bands 
The Avant Gardeners are fiddler and vocalist Laura Light, George Paul on piano and accordion, Dave Wiesler on keyboards, guitar and mandolin and Dan Sebring on guitar. The tunes are eclectic, original and rootsy - American hybrid variety. The deep grooves of the band's mixture of traditional and composed tunes have contributed to the delirium of dancers at countless dances and concerts from coast to coast. Their range of performing styles from traditional swing, Celtic and old time and their facile improvisation on fiddle, piano, accordion, guitar, mandolin, and percussion have given this group their reputation as one of the premier contra and swing dance bands in the country.

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Groove music for the contradance community. The Clayfoot Strutters, a nationally recognized band of well-traveled musicians from the far corners of the roots music galaxy brings you a CD's worth of contradance tunes from New England, Appalachian, Irish, Quebecois and other traditions, laid over a hot bed of Texas swing, Cajun, Zydeco, Afropop, Funk and Latin grooves - just what they're known for at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to St. Croix! website
 
Giant Robot Dance brings together five talented young musicians from New York, Vermont and Maryland for a high-energy, alter-ego, super-psychedelic contra dance experience. Two sets of musical brothers (Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand of The Great Bear Trio and Andrew and Aaron Marcus of The Gift Of The Marci and Jiggermeister ) have teamed up with this other guy (the one and only Michael Ferguson) for a wild night of blaring accordion, shredding electric guitar, bludgeoning drums and honking trombone solos, plus a sprinkling of very tasteful piano melodies and delicate violin accents. If you've ever longed to balance and swing with ELO, hey for four with Carlos Santana or petronella turn to the music of Queen, this may very well be as close as you'll ever get! website
 

This incarnation of Philadelphia's own Rumpus brings together fiddler Nora Smith, saxman Ross Harriss, mando/banjoer Bill Quern and guitarist Sarah Gowan. High energy driving rhythms, swinging sax and inventive fiddling will start your ButterBall off right! website