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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Natty Smith

Natty SmithNatty 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,

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Lily Leahy

Lily LeahyLily 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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Paddy Swanson

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,

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Fynn Crooks

Fynn Crooks used to have a fear of hurdles, but she got over it. Oh, that’s terrible! As a storyteller, humorist, and teacher Fynn has been sharing bad jokes, tough riddles, and a healthy enthusiasm for life with her students, young and old, for a decade. She loves leading group games to encourage communication, cooperation and just plain goofiness. You might find Fynn launching a rubber chicken across camp, leading a silly circus, lifeguarding,

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Peter Amidon

Peter AmidonAfter a thirty-year career of leading traditional dance, singing and storytelling at elementary schools, elementary music teacher conferences, and CDSS summer camps, Peter Amidon has shifted into a life devoted to all things choral.  He is the co-Director of both the Guilford (VT) Community Church Choir, and the Hallowell hospice singers.  His choral arrangements of traditional songs, spirituals, gospel and hymns, are being sung by choruses throughout the United States, the United Kingdom,

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Mary Alice Amidon

Mary Alice AmidonMary Alice Amidon is a warm and engaging music educator who is passionate and dedicated to song, dance and storytelling with young children. She is a multi-instrumentalist, an accomplished singer of traditional song, and a composer of new songs. As a performer she is gifted in forging a bridge between story, music and listener. As a song leader she inspires open-hearted, full throttle participation.

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Owen Morrison

Owen MorrisonOwen Morrison is an accomplished rhythm and lead guitarist, at home in many styles of traditional music. His playing, laced with rhythmic power and skillful finesse, has made him popular among dancers and fiddlers alike. Owen has toured the U.S. and abroad with bands such as Elixir, Airdance, Night Watch and The Morrison Brothers Band. A frequent staff member and Program Director at Pinewoods, Ashokan, Augusta, and many other camps.

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Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell is an accordion player, tunesmith, and music teacher based in Brattleboro, VT. She is in demand throughout the US and beyond for concerts, contra dances, English country dances, French dances, and workshops. She has spent nearly two decades exploring the wide range of sounds and moods of the accordion, always striving to connect with the audience, propel the dance, and evoke emotion. She draws her greatest inspiration from ensemble work with her bandmates Karen Axelrod,

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Karen Axelrod

Karen AxelrodKaren Axelrod is highly regarded for her creative piano playing at English, American and Scottish dance events around the country. She is in the band Foxfire, Alchemy with Eric Martin and Rachel Bell, and Peregrine Road with Rachel Bell. Karen plays accordion with 3rd String Trio, a band that plays old world cafe music. She also plays accordion for Orion Longsword. She loves the ensemble aspect of playing for dancing, as well as the close connection between what the musicians do and what the dancers do.

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