Carl Levine

Carl Levine

Carl Levine, has found joy and community for his entire adult life as part of the traditional music and dance world. A longtime caller of contra and English country dance, his journey with Moth-style story telling began five years ago when he received an invitation to participate in the Moth’s community-based program, which led to his winning a Moth Story Slam, and his performance at a Moth Grand Slam.  He has previously led and co-led workshops in Moth-style storytelling at Terpsichore Dance Holiday and Pinewood ESCape Week.

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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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Joe Carter

Joe CarterJoe Carter is a musician, dancer, and craftsman from Southwestern Pennsylvania. Musically, he focuses on melodic clawhammer banjo, playing at square dances, old time jams, and festivals, but enjoys branching out into other traditions. When not playing clawhammer banjo, he also dabbles in tenor banjo, guitar, and mandolin. He would love to play tunes with you! (yes, even you.) A 2020 graduate with a BFA in Studio Art, his artistic practice is focused on functional ceramics,

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Janine Smith

Janine Smith calls Contra, Square, Family, and Ceilidh dances in the Washington, DC area. She shares her humorous (OK, sometimes goofy) and infectious passion for music and dance with dancers from Glen Echo, MD to Seattle, WA and specializes in whoopin’ it up, regardless of dance formation. Known for her “Singing Squares”, she is one of the “Hot Square Babes”, a quintet of callers who throw a monthly Square Dance Party in College Park,

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Ralph Gordon

Ralph Gordon is a uniquely versatile musician, bringing more than 45 years of musical experience to the bass and cello. He is equally at home in folk, old time, swing, jazz, blues, bluegrass, klezmer, chamber group settings and all styles of music for dancers. Ralph, classically trained, studied music at West Virginia University and the Manhattan School of Music. He left Manhattan to perform with the New Jersey Symphony, then toured with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.

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Alexander Mitchell

Alexander Mitchell, Berklee College of Music graduate, is an acoustic multi-instrumentalist who plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar and has an amazing singing voice! Alexander started playing fiddle in 1978 after hearing bluegrass music. Since then he has been cultivating such diverse styles as Appalachian, bluegrass, Celtic, Klezmer, traditional roots dance music, ballroom, sizzling hot swing and jazz.

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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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Dave Wiesler

Dave Wiesler began his musical journey as “the guy who could figure out the chords” in his high school garage band. Nearly 20 years later he discovered playing folk music for dances, and felt that the job description had been written just for him. At home in a wide range of styles, Dave is in demand for contra, English and Scottish country dancing, swing, waltz and vintage dance; and his music has taken him across the country and into Canada,

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Laura Mé Smith

Laura Mé Smith

The ever gracious Laura Mé Smith has been delighting dancers with her top notch teaching and rapier sharp wit since 1980. Her repertoire encompasses a variety of dances, from English country dance to contras to squares, as well as many styles and types of couple dances and a smattering of folkdances. Her clear and concise instruction leaves more time to enjoy dancing to the wonderful tunes these dances use. She is known for helping dancers of all skill levels achieve maximum fun,

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Sue Hulsether

Sue Hulsether is a dance caller, teaching artist, and musician from southern Wisconsin. Since 2003, she has traveled from coast to coast to lead dances in community centers, schools, barns, and dance halls, with dancers ranging from preschoolers to octogenarians. Guided by a passion for creating positive human connections through dance and music, Sue’s repertoire includes squares, contras, circle dances, singing games, traditional play parties, and longways sets. In November, 2020, Sue released Join Up Hands,

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