Jacqui Grennan

Jacqui Grennan

Jacqui Grennan’s stage presence is a blend of calmness and dynamism. She likes to call as if she was the host of a party, ensuring that everyone has a good time. She is a dance organizer, a choreographer of contra and ECD dances, and likes to play around and be creative in her craft. She travels frequently to dance and to call and can be spotted in airports playing the ukulele.

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Cait Vitale-Sullivan

Cait Vitale-SullivanCait Vitale-Sullivan was steeped in the high desert wilderness of Idaho as a child. She is intrigued by the human connection to nature and music, and when not playing outside, could be found playing fiddle. In 2013, she moved to Norway, where she was introduced to Scandinavian traditional music and majestic fjords. After returning to Idaho to finish a degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology, she returned to Sweden to complete a Fulbright grant studying the connection between Kulning (Swedish cow calling music) and landscape.

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Renée Brachfeld

Renee BrachfeldRenée Brachfeld is a professional storyteller and juggler, baker, long distance runner, glass artist, and cat lover. Her work has taken her from Anchorage to Miami, from London, England to Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Her performances combine the wonder of storytelling with the unbridled joy of juggling. Renee has taught many classes for both children and adults at CDSS and Lloyd Shaw dance camps. She is co-founder of The MultiFaith Storytelling Institute. Renee lives in Washington DC with her husband,

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Joanna Reiner Wilkinson

Joanna Reiner

Joanna Reiner Wilkinson has taught English dance for over two decades.  In addition to being one of the leaders of the Philadelphia-based Germantown Country Dancers, her calling has taken her from Amherst to Ann Arbor, from NEFFA to Hey Days, from St. Croix to Vancouver, and other points abroad, including many sessions at Pinewoods Camp.  While known for her clear calling and instruction, Joanna loves teaching workshops for ECD callers, and workshops that explore ECD technique,

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Jonathan Werk

Jonathan Werk has played oboe with the Kanata Symphony Orchestra since 2007, when he joined as a way to continue playing music while studying engineering at university. Jonathan received his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering in June 2011 from Carleton University, and in September 2012, he started a Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa, studying oboe with Charles Hamann. At the University of Ottawa, Jonathan has performed with the university’s wind ensemble, orchestra,

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Diane Sutliff

Diane SutliffDiane Sutliff has worked in many art forms, from painting, drawing, and textiles, to costume construction, cigar box guitars, and Franken-fiddles. Right now, she is mostly focused on pottery and human potential. Since 1995 she has taught thousands of kids and adults to draw, both in public schools and at her own neighborhood art classes. She currently teaches pre-K through 8th grade artists at several schools in Chicago. She likes to give her students tips and tricks,

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Sarah Spaeth

Sarah SpaethSarah Babbitt Spaeth (viola, violin) is a classically-trained violist with a special interest in chamber music and small ensembles. She is an avid English dancer and loves the range of the ECD musical repertoire. Sarah is a resident of Burlington, VT and is also an accomplished fiber artist and sourdough baker.

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Rachel Fifer

Rachel FiferRachel Fifer was first introduced to contra dancing when her father dropped her on her head as a particularly wild neighbor swung him off balance. Gaye Fifer leapt dramatically off the stage, only to discover that baby Rachel was unharmed, yet would have a lifetime connection to contra dancing. Rachel has since sampled every dance and music style she could. She is fascinated by the history of our creative communities and the ways that we honor our roots by continuing to both remember our past and move towards intentional progress.

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