DanceFlurry Organization Board members are residents of Albany, Columbia, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Washington Counties. Among them, they represent participants of all the types of dances sponsored by the DFO. Several are also musicians.
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President, Will Anderson Chair, Fundraising Committee I’m involved with the Swing and Blues dances with the region and have taught at those events. I have danced all the core dance styles sponsored by the DanceFlurry.
I now work in the Pharmaceutical Industry, having previously worked in the hobby game industry, and have been active in scouting and social organizations. I believe new members are the lifeblood of any organization and that dance provides a fun and structured social activity that has an incredibly positive impact on all people of all ages. It’s critical for the longevity of dance that dance events are approachable and welcoming to newcomers. DanceFlurry does a tremendous job! More events that are visible to nondancers and easy for newcomers to participate in with minimal commitment (past activities at farmer’s markets and state park come to mind) help expand our program. As I like to travel and dance, I can draw upon what I’ve seen other regions and countries do in our brainstorming sessions.
Vice President, John Guay Chair, ProgramI’ve enjoyed contra dancing for almost 40 years and I met my wife at a contra dance. While my wife and I dance less now, we play a lot more music. She plays piano and I play the hammered dulcimer. We jam a lot around Saratoga at the Parting Glass Celtic Sessions, farmers markets and the occasional contra or barn dance. Since my family roots are in Quebec (both English and French), we attend festivals and dances up there five or six times a year. The Quebecois tunes really appeal to us, so we’ve helped create more interest in them locally.
I served on the DFO board for 14 years and held the President position for 7 years. I took an active role in the continued development of strong fiscal policies and outreach efforts as well as seeking partnership opportunities with other organizations. The DanceFlurry Organization’s ongoing challenges are: 1) to attract a younger generation of dancers and move them into leadership positions in the organization. 2) to find new, affordable dance venues. 3) to partner with other organizations to hold dance events which further both groups goals.
Treasurer, Noel Kropf (he/him) Chair, Budget & Finance Committee My family and I are avid dancers, singers, and musicians. The Flurry Festival is just about nirvana for us. I volunteer running sound and booking bands & callers for the Poughkeepsie Contra Dance (HVCD). I help organize and produce the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival of Balkan music & dance. A dancer first, I also play fiddle and gadulka, and love to sing. Previously I worked as a software developer and CTO at Datacap Inc. and IBM, and volunteered as treasurer of Lake Celeste Association, Inc.
Secretary, Marie Bruschi Currently I am the co-organizer and co-workshop leader for DFO Cajun/Zydeco series and co-instructor of Cajun, Zydeco & Irish Sets at past Flurry Festivals. I served on the Eighth Step board for several years in the 70’s including one year as Chair (the year of the fire, when we worked with First Pres Church to rebuild and improve that original basement space). I also was involved with running Eighth Step Contra Dances. More recently, I have led the Albany Irish Set Dance Group/class for the past 20 years, and I was inducted into the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Hall of Fame last year for promoting and keeping Irish Set Dance alive in this region.
I try to understand how & why people learn to dance, develop confidence and get hooked. Of course, I wish to promote and build the Cajun/Zydeco dances, but I am also dedicated to preserving traditional dances to live music with experienced instructors.
Bob Fullan I have been involved with a variety of social dancing for over 30 years–swing , east coast, rockabilly, country two step, waltz , cha cha, salsa , Cajun, Zydeco, and bachata—and am part of the First Friday Swing Dance volunteer crew. Dance is a very important social tool that unfortunately is lost to the past two generations, and an activity that definitely helps people of all backgrounds learn to socialize. One of my specific interests is getting the local salsa community involved with the DFO, which would have a beneficial synergistic effect on the dance community in general.
Rinde Glick (they/them) My first year attending the Flurry Festival was 2014, and I have gone every year since then. I was a lindy hopper before that, but have since transitioned to be primarily a blues and contra dancer. I am one of the Albany Contra Dance organizing committee members, attended the ALBS (Albany Lindy Blues and Swing) events, and go to the occasional First Friday Swing Dances (and have performed there twice).
I have a full-time job as a Field Service Engineer working on x-ray equipment because I can’t sit still long enough for a desk job. I am passionate about finding ways to make our dances more inclusive and welcoming to marginalized groups, especially people of color and trans and gender non-conforming folks.
Cindee Herrick I folk dance when I can, volunteer at the Flurry and Adirondack Dance Weekend, and am organizing the revival of the Buhrmaster Barn dances for 2023. Professionally, I’ve spent decades in the collections field and doing exhibit design for history museums.
Lauren Keeley (she/her) Chair, Community Culture Committee and Media Committee I am a a swing dancer who has been involved with teaching and performing with my husband Walter, but mostly does social dance at this time.
I am a social worker and pretty active in frisbee and Crossfit. I worked to get our DF YO! initiative underway (DanceFlurry Youth Outreach) which provides grants to organizations to bring traditional music and dance to families, youth (through college-age) and disabled adults. The program also has provided scholarships to the Flurry Festival in the past. My DFO work involves serving as the Committee chair for the Media Committee (website and social media) as well as the Community Culture Committee. I serve as a Liaison to several of our local events to support their planning efforts. I’m passionate about supporting traditional music and dance and creating inclusive spaces for our participants to come together.
Jordan Knicely (he/him) I first attended the Flurry in 2016 and began volunteering in 2019. My primary community is blues and swing, but I love the variety that the DFO offers—from the pub sing to contra and the fiddle classes.
Kathleen Morse I am a teacher who has integrated dance, music, visual arts, and performance arts in classes that have ranged from Kindergarten through adult. In addition to my lifelong involvement in dance, I play a variety of instruments and enjoy singing. The Flurry Festival has always presented many of my interests tied together in “one big bow of a weekend,” and I’d like to give back to an organization that has been meaningful to my life for years.
Kevin Musick (he/him) Chair, Outreach Committee I am an avid contra dancer and am a member of the Albany Contra Dance organizing committee. I have attended the Flurry festival for at least the last eight years. I am joined the DFO Board for the first time in 2020 after gaining leadership experience serving in student governance while in graduate school. I am excited to be able to contribute to this organization and to the great dance community that it serves.
Juliana Post-Good (she/her) Chair, Nominations Committee I have always liked the idea of dancing but felt self conscious about actually trying it. However, when I was searching for a live music event as a new experience for my child, I discovered the Family Dance. Our whole family enjoyed it, and I consider it the gateway into trying other forms of dance, including contra, International Folk Dance, Western Square dancing, and English Country dancing. Each year at our Flurry Festival, I try to seek out a new (to me) kind of dance. I know in my bones there is a type of dance for everyone, and I try my best to encourage all newcomers.
In addition to serving as a board member, I will be stepping in to volunteer as the organizer of the Clifton Park Contra dance when we are able to host that event.
Harvey Raufman I am a member of the Flurry Planning Committee and an organizer of the Adirondack Dance Weekend. I served in the very early years, creating and then expanding the volunteer structure. I took a hiatus of several years, and once again am serving as the volunteer coordinator. I also manage the lost & found crew. I have attended every Flurry festival, save one. I run sound for the Capital English dance series.
I have been dancing since 1974 and a regular dancer, in the Capital District, since 1987, dancing at all of the contra dance series, the swing dances, with the (now defunct) Scandinavian dance group, and all of the English dance groups. I served on the early DFO board when the organization was known as the Hudson Mohawk Country Dancers. I founded and ran the [first] Cajun and Zydeco dance series. I have an interest in developing youth involvement in traditional music and dance.
Anne Seeley I’ve enjoyed dancing for most of my life and, while I enjoy a variety of dance types, I’m a big fan of contra dancing (mainly via CDNY in NYC). I am also a big fan of the Flurry festival, having attended the event for over two decades. Newly-retired, I now have some time to devote to other interests and activities and look forward to contributing my experience and skills I developed during a career in public service and public health.
Amanda Stickney I grew up learning clarinet and going to the school dances but finally got into the much-wanted local dance scene in 2010. Since then, I’ve been a committed swing, blues, contra and Latin dancer, and learned new types of dancing while attending several Flurry festivals. I work in the museum field and have been involved with many public disability forums. I am looking forward to seeing what might be possible with the DFO and bringing the idea of dancing to everyone who wants it.
Paul Rosenberg, Founder, DanceFlurry Organization From the late 1980’s to early 2000’s, I organized a few contra dance series. In 1988, I founded and organized the Flurry Festival (until 2005); I have been organizing a monthly family dance since 1994, and organize two community dance series which began in 2010. I also founded and served on the Board of Directors of the DanceFlurry Organization.
I have been leading dances throughout the northeastern United States since 1986. In recent years, I have shifted from being a contra caller to a family and community dance caller.
I love teaching traditional dances to children (as a visiting arts educator) in elementary schools and leading novices in community dances at festivals, community celebrations, weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, family dances, Girl Scout dances, and other gatherings. I play recorder and sort of play fiddle.
Patti Melita, Founder, DanceFlurry Organization I grew up in a family of church choir and barbershop harmony singers. Although I studied classical piano and voice for several years, my real love proved to be traditional jazz. After singing in jazz and dance bands for a while, I took a hiatus from performing. Paul Rosenberg helped me rediscover my talent by clandestinely putting me on Flurry Festival program in 1990, singing with a swing band. I found myself right at home at the microphone. Since then I’ve been singing at festivals, swing dances and jazz clubs throughout upstate New York and New England. I was a long-time co-director of the Flurry Festival and, with Teresa Broadwell, coordinated the Dance Flurry Organization’s monthly swing dance events for 16 years. I am also an official dance consultant for the annual Falcon Ridge Festival in Hillsdale, N.Y. In 1996, with producer and arranger Peter Ecklund, world-renown coronet player, I recorded “Swing It!” a collection of vintage tunes arranged for the most discriminating dancers and listeners.
At swing dances around the northeast I have been the leader of Patti-O and the Hip Hooligans (5 instruments and my vocals) and have been seen performing in various venues with Peg Delaney on keyboard and Linda Brown on bass, a group known as The Gals Who Play Jazz, sometimes joined by a sax and drums. I also do club dates with various accompanists. During 2019 I have made a new, soon-to-be-released recording with Peg Delaney as producer and arranger.
For several years I have been on the board of the Swingtime Jazz Society, an organization that presents concerts each year featuring local jazz musicians. I have also been on the board of A Place For Jazz, an organization that presents concerts each Fall, featuring internationally known jazz artists, and for several years have been on the board of the Albany Musicians’ Union, Local 14 AFM, and was the President of the New York State Conference of Musicians for several years (a subsidiary of AFM). I am still a member of both the Albany and Schenectady Union Locals.
Jen Brown, Past President I like Lindy hop, Blues, East Coast Swing, Contra, and Salsa dancing. I joined the board in 2005 and served as president from 2010-2013. Other roles included 2 years as Treasurer, a finance committee member, and a seat on a variety of other committees. I also volunteered for the monthly swing dance and still volunteer with the annual Flurry Festival. Working with the DFO has always been rewarding, helping to bring great music and dance to the region with dedicated volunteers and talented musicians and teachers.
Bill Matthiesen, Past President Dance and music have been such life-changers for me! So I’ve worked on the board for many years to help keep our wonderful event going. We have a really nice group of folks on the board and creating the festival, the Adirondack weekend and all the other local dances — it’s been really a good community. My “day job” was creating videos for educational, industrial, non-profit and small business clients. As a member of the Spare Parts band, I travel most weekends to play for contras, vintage dance, tangos & couples dances. Any extra time goes to publishing music books (like The Waltz Book series) and historic dance music recordings. We also really enjoy hiking, cross country skiing and traveling to foreign places.
Shira Love (she/her), Past President I’ve been contra dancing since I was 15, and my kids now join me at dances. I play fiddle with the Megaband when I can, and am close to getting my mute off for the full repertoire! I first joined the Board in 2016 and, after leading the 2019 publicity initiative, served as president from 2020-2023. Throughout the pandemic shutdown and our return to dancing, I worked on reengaging the board’s committees, clarifying governance, operational, and pandemic-related policies, supporting the Board’s work around inclusivity and community culture, and getting our events up and running again. In 2023, I moved over to Flurry Festival planning as the festival’s Administrative Manager.