Sarah Bluestein grew up in the DC area folk music and dance communities and currently lives in the woods of Western Massachusetts. Sarah is passionate about intergenerational community art spaces and for the past few years has been helping to create local street parades featuring giant cardboard puppets- in part inspired by growing up in this dance camp community! Sarah can otherwise be found working on various craft projects, cutting people’s hair, farming, cooking/preserving foods and working as an arts educator.
Sophie is a Boston-based musician who draws inspiration from old time fiddling, percussive dance, and jazz improvisation. Raised in Staunton, VA by concert pianist Lynne Mackey and old time musician and dance caller Bill Wellington, her childhood was steeped in shared music and movement. Contra dances, choirs, music festivals and family dance camps shaped her curiosity and inspired her to pursue music professionally. In 2021, after graduating from Berklee College of Music, she recorded and released her debut solo record Roving Jewel.
A founding member of the Maivish and Good Foot Dance Company, Matthew Olwell is a performing and teaching artist whose work blends percussive dance, live music, and visual media. The son of renowned wooden flute-maker Patrick Olwell, Matthew began his career touring with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, including a guest performance in the original London production of Riverdance. Matthew has been a featured performer and teacher at a number of festivals and performance events including the Dublin Dance Festival,
Stefan lives in Brattleboro, Vermont with his wife Zara Bode and their son Desmond. He graduated from Oberlin College as a jazz percussion major. Stefan is percussionist, singer and founding member of the Sweetback Sisters, a “honky tonk band for the modern cowboy and girl”, featuring lead singers Zara Bode and Emily Miller (The Sweetback Sisters have appeared on Prairie Home Companion, coming in second in Garrison Keillor’s national “Twenty-somethings Bands” competition); a founding member and bass singer in Starry Mountain Singers a cappella ensemble (which also includes Zara Bode),
Brian Lindsay has been dancing since he could walk, singing since he could speak, and holding a fiddle to his chin for most of his life. Surrounded by both contra dance and Irish music and dance throughout his childhood, Brian spent much of his youth going to sessions in the NY area and studying with respected Irish fiddle player Brian Conway. An accomplished performer and Mid-Atlantic Irish Fiddle champion by the age of 17,
Dan Blim is a caller, choreographer, and dancer who lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he teaches music history at Denison University. He loves connecting with the music and connecting with other dancers on the floor, and bringing a sense of humor. In addition to dancing, feel free to geek out about musicals, board games, puns, Great British Bake Off, and trivia with him!
Chloe Mohr has been immersed in dance, music, and song for most of her life. She has had many roles in the dance world over the years: organizer, dance pianist, family dance caller, singer, clogger, morris and sword dancer and teacher. She loves playing and singing as part of Wissahickon Bridge and helping to organize and run the Mt. Airy Barn Dance in Philadelphia. When she’s not dancing or playing, she is a Community Planner for several towns in Montgomery County,
Rick Mohr is a nationally-known contra caller and choreographer, as well as an accomplished musician and rapper dance leader. His enthusiasm, humor, and deep dance and music repertoire help groups of kids, teens, and adults experience the joys of traditions old and new.
Dave Langford is an experienced and versatile fiddler and guitarist and fiddle teacher from the Boston area. A veteran of 30+ years of playing for public dances, weddings, parties and late night sessions, Dave combines multiple styles of fiddling with fierce energy and drive. He has been a staff member for music and dance weeks at Pinewoods, Ogontz, Mendocino, Augusta and Christmas Country Dance School at Berea KY as well as hundreds of weekend dance events around the US and beyond.