The Moving Violations
The Moving Violations have a playful energy that transcends the borders of countries and encourages spontaneity and improvisation. Driving double fiddle harmonies, strong rhythm, and occasional silliness prevail. Original compositions as well as New England, Irish, Cape Breton, Eastern European, Swedish, Klezmer, and classical tunes are all fair game for The Moving Violations. The Moving Violations travel throughout the U.S. and play monthly at their 3rd Saturday dance in Greenfield, Mass. The band recently released its third CD, titled "Elasticity."
Dana began contra dancing in 2009 and was immediately fascinated by the way folk dance and music fostered connections and communities. By 2010 she was calling, and has since been bringing her sweet and sassy style to dance weekends across the U.S. and Canada. Dana is best known for her creative programming, sense of humor, and no-nonsense walkthroughs.
Bob Isaacs of New Jersey has been calling since 1999, and calls regularly at weekends and camps in Europe and across the U.S. He is known for clear, enthusiastic teaching, and the ability to adapt the teaching and dance selections to audiences of all levels. Bob is also one of the most prolific and respected choreographers writing contras and squares today. He is one of the few writers to explore contra/square hybrids such as grid squares and zias, which continue to fascinate experienced dancers.
Alchemy brings together dynamic dance musicians: Karen Axelrod (piano, accordion), Rachel Bell (accordion), Eric Martin (violin, viola) steeped in traditional English Country Dance music. Individually, they have performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe. As a trio, their improvisatory style brings a contemporary and innovative feel to both traditional and newly composed tunes. From lush waltzes to driving jigs and everything in between, Alchemy delights the listener with heartfelt performances touched with whimsy.
The Flying Romanos
Robin Russell ("Ro") on piano, Marnen Laibow-Koser ("Ma") on violin, viola and recorders, Norma Castle ("No") on flute and percussion
The Romanos have been playing and having fun together since 1998. Their music is elegant and spirited, with a strong pulse and phrasing that propel the dancers into their moves. In their music you can spot the influence of Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Spike Jones, Victor Borge and Harpo Marx, among others.
You'll find the Flying Romanos playing at ECD and contra dances in the New York metro area and further afield at waltz weekends, dance weeks, ECD balls, festivals and dance weekends on both coasts. They've toured UK, Canada and Japan.
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Beverly Francis finds English country dance endlessly fascinating after more than four decades. She is Country Dance New York’s leader of longest standing and has called dances up and down the East coast as well as across the country and in Canada. She has been on the staff at several CDSS Pinewoods weeks. Beverly is known for the clarity of her calling and her broad knowledge of dance history. These skills, coupled with a subtle sense of humor, enhance her rapport with dancers. A former member of Ring o’ Bells Morris and New World Sword, Beverly also has a particular fondness for Jane Austen’s country dance.
Photo by Nikki Herbst
David Millstone started contra dancing with Dudley Laufman in the early 1970s and has been calling dances for forty years. In addition to American contras and squares, he is an experienced caller of English country dances, appearing at weeklong camps and weekend events across North America. Both as a caller and as a dancer, he enjoys the variety of formations, music, and moods that ECD offers. He helped found the Strafford Ball and currently programs for the Star Hampshire dance weekend. David has called in 30 US states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 9 countries in Europe, but he is looking forward to this, his first time at Adirondack Dance Weekend. He is known for his clear and supportive teaching style, the breadth of his repertoire, his sense of humor, and his ability to pick dances that offer the right level of challenge for all audiences.