Emma Whitla

Emma Whitla is an eager choral singer, and lover of folk songs from Toronto. She was on tour with Northern Harmony in 2017 where she developed her teaching skills and stage presence. After that she spent some time in Cuba, studying dance, where she also directed a church choir. Now studying dance at York University, she continues singing with her family and friends. Some of the styles Emma is familiar with are Georgian singing,

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Jonathan Van Gieson

Jonathan Van Gieson has attended Camper’s week since 1986, and is now slightly taller than he was then. He recently received his MFA in Creative Writing for Children from Hamline University. Outside camp, he is a producer, performer, and emcee for shows off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, and beyond, in places from his hometown of NYC to Las Vegas to Europe.

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Kathy Talvitie

Kathy Talvitie, from the Delaware Valley, is active in the dance community as a musician, dancer, organizer and composer. In addition to playing piano with Hold the Mustard and A Joyful Noise, Kathy plays guitar with the contra band Raise the Roof and is a member of the Fiddlekicks clogging team.

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Anna & Dennis Soloway

Anna and Dennis have both attended Camper’s Week since their (very) early days and are honored to be helping to guide this iteration of Camper’s Week.

Both have lived and worked as artists in various capacities over the years, but these days Anna is a nurse working in quality and education at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Dennis is a full-time dad and sea shanty instructor to their young son,

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Sally Rogers

Sally Rogers began her career as a full-time touring musician in 1979, after encouragement from Stan Rogers, the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter.  That was followed by an invitation from Garrison Keillor to appear on A Prairie Home Companion.  She appeared more than a dozen times on that show, which launched her performing career.  Her travels have since taken her to Europe, China, Hungary and Poland, England and Scotland and across the United States.

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Hannah Naiman

Hannah Naiman

Hannah Naiman began teaching folk dancing in 2006, she has honed her skill with dance calling mentor Kathy Anderson, and participated in workshops through CDSS, CCDS (Christmas Country Dance School), and Dare To Be Square.  Much of her development as a caller and musician has happened right here at Camper’s Week, and Hannah is humbled to have the opportunity to take on the role as American Caller this summer.

Her specialty is Appalachian Squares- This includes square dances,

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Sarah Henry

Sarah Henry is a long-time member and leader of both Ring o’ Bells Morris and Half Moon Sword. Sarah has been a creative force behind lots of fun stuff at recent Campers’ Weeks — everything from rapper, English clog, longsword, and morris to ‘bacca pipes, string figures, giant puppets, and pysanky eggs. In “real” life, Dr. Sarah is a historian and museum curator and administrator.

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Andy Davis

Andy DavisAndy Davis calls traditional New England style contra and square dances. He plays accordion and piano for traditional dances. Andy’s specialty is calling community events inclusive of dancers of all abilities. For over thirty years Andy has taught music and dance in Vermont public schools, summer camps – and at weddings, parties and community gatherings. Andy is a founding member of “New England Dancing Masters,” publishers of dance books and recordings for the teaching of New England traditional dance.

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Kathy Anderson

Kathy Anderson is widely admired for her exciting squares, quirky contras, and swift, clear teaching. She has long been a favorite caller across the U.S., Canada, England and Denmark. Kathy’s smooth delivery and intriguing repertoire make for an entertaining and engaging dance experience.

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