Melissa Running discovered she could take folk dance for PE credit in college in the early ’90s, and hasn’t looked back since. A few years later she started playing for dances and then calling English in the Philadelphia area. She now lives in the Maryland suburbs of DC, 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 is gradually increasing her output of new tunes and dances. In addition to her music and dance activities, she works at linguistic precision as a technical writer and editor, and knits with the zeal of the newly converted.