Emily Aubrey started classical violin at a young age and discovered the joys of fiddle 20-something years ago. She plays regularly for contra and English country dances in the Baltimore-Washington area, as well as calling ECD. She has appeared at the Washington Folk Festival, the Takoma Park Folk Festival, and the Mid-Winter Festival. She is also the musical director of the Geud Band of Baltimore. When not dancing, she enjoys fiber crafts and gardening.
Julianna is a middle school music and chorus teacher in the beautiful Hudson Valley, New York. Julianna holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and a Master’s in Music Education with a concentration in Pedagogy from the Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater. Julianna lives with her husband (and guitarist) Shaun and two young children. This is her first experience with the CDSS camp and she is very excited for the opportunity to participate!
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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 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,
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.
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”,
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.
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),