Chris WeilerContra Dance Caller
Goffstown, New Hampshire, USA
In 2008 I was one of the featured callers at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival in Ferrisberg, VT. I've also called sessions at the New England Folk Festival and the Down East Folk Festival.
My goal when calling is to maximize the amount of fun and joy in the hall. Quick, efficient walkthroughs to minimize non-dancing time paired with accessible but interesting choreography that allows newcomers to be successful without boring the experienced dancers is how I get it done. I prompt only as long as necessary so the dancers can concentrate on enjoying the music.
"Tonight's dance was fun for a bunch of reasons, but I have to commend you for attending to the big bunch of newcomers in the room. It was good to see the whole crowd having fun. Thanks."
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