Raised in the cradle of Vermont’s Green Mountains, Mary Wesley found her way to a Burlington contra dance in the fall of 2005 and was immediately hooked. She was later happy to learn that the tradition is in her DNA – she is the granddaughter of two square dance callers!
Mary loves to share her infectious joy for traditional dancing with dancers of all ages and she has something to offer every crowd. She calls contra, square, family and community dances with great joy and finds “chestnuts” absolutely irresistible. In recent years Mary has also become enthralled with Breton (northwestern France) and Balfolk dancing and also enjoys teaching this repertoire. When not calling, Mary works for Vermont Folklife and produces “From the Mic,” a podcast about dance callers for the Country Dance and Song Society.