Natty Smith was raised in the dancing community. He began morris dancing on Tom Kruskal’s children’s team Hop Brook in Sudbury, MA. With Hop Brook, then Candyrapper and Great Meadows Morris and Sword, and now the Pinewoods Morris Men, Maple Morris, and Thames Valley International, Natty can be found dancing or playing fiddle for morris and sword all over New England and southeastern Canada every spring and summer. He currently helps teach and plays fiddle for Great Meadows Morris and Sword,
Alexandra Deis-Lauby is a national contra dance caller who calls weekends and festivals all over the country. She tours, calling many local dances for both contra and English country dance. In NYC, she teaches 4th graders and kindergarteners to barn dance in visiting school residencies. She occasionally calls community dances in beautiful locations on Long Island as well! Her clear teaching, smooth voice, and fun dance selection delight dancers from coast to coast.
Lily Leahy grew up dancing and singing at CDSS’ Family Week at Pinewoods and has been hooked ever since. She started dancing Longsword and Morris at age 10 on Hop Brook Morris, and continued on to dance with Boston-area based Orion Longsword for 14 years. She has taught longsword, morris dancing, and other traditional dances and songs to children for both Revels Education Programs and at the Wellesley Community Children’s Center After School Programs,
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Becky Tracy grew up dancing to her father’s calling and scratchy 78s of Don Messer’s fiddle playing. She has fiddled with the bands Nightingale and Wild Asparagus for the last 15 years and has played in many, many lovely places including Hawaii and France. Becky has a distinctive clarity of tone, a rhythmic attack owing much to French-Canadian playing and the melodic quality of Irish music. Her unmistakable sound has made her a defining presence among dance musicians.
Patrick Swanson began his career in London as an actor at the Arts Theatre. In 1969, he toured Europe with La MaMa Plexus and subsequently got his world theater education from Ellen Stewart at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York. His numerous directing projects include opera, ensemble, music theater and circus. He was a founding stage director of Circus Flora and is currently Artistic Director of Revels. Patrick taught acting and improvisation at the London Academy of Dramatic Art,
In the past nine years, David has written and told over 1,200 original children’s stories (the equivalent of 40 novels!) for Sparkle Stories. Out of his experience as an elementary school teacher and parent of two lively boys, he developed a method of intuitive, transformative storytelling, which he now shares with others through keynote speeches, workshops, podcasts, and online courses at davidsewellmccann.com. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Naomi Morse grew up surrounded by music and dance in the folk communities of New England. She is known for her energetic and driving fiddle playing for both contra and English dancing in many bands, including The Poor Cousins, Night Watch, Housetop, and the mega-fiddle-band Childsplay, among others. She has toured extensively with the world music ensemble Northern Harmony and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son.
Wayne Hankin is a versatile musician playing over 400 traditional and non-traditional instruments. His multifaceted career has gone worldwide performing in theater, dance, film, television, circus, radio, and most recently guest artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Wayne is a master jews harp, bagpipe, renaissance wind player who loves to teach and has received over 30 awards, grants and commissions over his 35 year career.
Katy German grew up in Berea, Kentucky – a community full of song and dance traditions from Appalachia, England, and Denmark. She was a member of the traveling youth performance team The Berea Festival Dancers, with whom she traveled to Denmark, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Katy’s passion is working with youth, inter-generational, and beginning-level dancers. She’s been on staff at many family dance weeks, including Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Cumberland Dance Week, and Lady of the Lake.