Chloe Mohr

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 the Mohr Family Band 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,

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Mike Miller

Mike Miller has been playing guitar and banjo with singer/teacher Val Mindel for decades. In addition, he is a regular backup guitarist for Charlie Walden and Gerry Milnes, the leading living exponents of the traditional fiddle music of Missouri and West Virginia, respectively. His guitar backup styles include old-time, swing and Texas contest-style progressions. His playing draws heavily on closed chord positions that can be moved up and down the neck to play in any key without a capo.

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Eric Maring

Eric Maring, known to his students and their families as “Mr. M”, is an early childhood music specialist, a performing songwriter, and a multi-instrumentalist. He has worked to spread a love for music and its power in a community far and wide – including serving as a Fulbright fellow in India in 2017 teaching and performing as a musical representative of the United States. He recently collaborated with the New England Dancing Masters to release “Two Little Blackbirds”,

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Rick Mohr

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.

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Paul Oorts

Belgian-born Paul Oorts, is very active in the world of English, contra, and vintage dances in the DC-Baltimore area. With the trio Goldcrest he performs at dance events all over the US. He also performs and tours with his wife, hammered dulcimer player Karen Ashbrook. As a teacher and staff musician, he has been on faculty at many week-long camps including Augusta Heritage Center (WV) the Swannanoa Gathering (NC), Common Ground on the Hill (MD),

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Val Mindel

Val Mindel is a longtime musician, teacher and workshop leader, known for helping singers achieve that close, buzzy harmony that is a pillar of American old-time and early country harmony. She also addresses such indefinables as tone (that high lonesome sound), ornamentation, lead singing, and more. She has taught at numerous music camps in the U.S. and abroad including the Ashokan Center (Southern Week and the Old-Time Rollick), the Augusta Heritage Center (Vocal and Old-Time weeks),

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Leslie Sudock

Leslie SudockLeslie Sudock has made community-building a way of life in all her endeavors as a public interest attorney, musician, artist and neighbor. A trained musicologist and early music specialist (voice and viol), Leslie’s musical life included performance as a professional orchestral choral singer with the Philadelphia Orchestra, ensemble soloist, and voice teacher. An exhibited textile artist, Leslie makes community art a way of life through textile, printmaking and “eco-art” instruction in Philadelphia’s schools, park recreations centers,

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Eric Schedler

Eric Schedler plays accordion and piano for contra and English country dancing with Midwest-based bands the Cosmic Otters and Supertrad. With his playing firmly rooted in traditional Irish music, Eric has performed and taught at camps and festivals around the country, and currently serves as program director of the all-ages Cumberland Dance Week, a project of the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, of which Eric is also a member of the board of directors. Eric lives in Bloomington,

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Janine Smith

The Janine Smith experience is what you get when you cross a howdy-ma’am-BBQ-and-beans Honky Tonk with Zoom contra and sprinkle on some twinkly lights for sass. She’ll bring you a night of fun dances, from squares to contras, heck maybe a Singing Square, whether you’re sitting, standing, or somewhere in between. Her teaching is clear and to-the-point, though she has been known to goof around a bit. She’s one of the “Hot Square Babes”,

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Kappy Laning

Kappy Laning enjoys teaching English ritual dances (rapper, longsword, border morris and garland) to children, teens and adults. She has been inspiring her class participants to work together and create exciting performances at many dance camps over the last 25 years. Kappy is a contra and English country dance caller and has been CDSS’s Camp Director at Timber Ridge and now Camp Louise since 1998.

 

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