Callers and Bands

Bands

See Callers list below.

Alyssa, Austin & Jane

Sprightly country dance music with Alyssa, Austin, and Jane

Jane Knoeck (piano)
Austin Wahl (guitar)
Alyssa Rodriquez (violin)

Alyssa Rodriguez is a versatile violinist who teaches at the Knack School, Austin Wahl is studying guitar performance at Eastman at the graduate level, and Jane Knoeck our most experienced local pianist, expert at making the music dancable.

Performs for: English Country

Alyssa, Laurel & Austin

Violin, reeds and guitar for elegant Country Dance music.

Alyssa Rodriguez (violin)
Laurel Sharp (winds and oboe)
Austin Wahl (guitar)

Alyssa Rodriguez is a versatile violinist who teaches at the Knack School (among other things); Laurel Sharp a very experienced player of oboe, whistles, and recorders, and Austin Wahl is studying guitar performance at Eastman at the graduate level.

Performs for: English Country

Jane, Mark & Roberta

Experienced and talented musicians all!

Jane Knoeck (accordion)
Mark Dumont (flute)
Roberta Truscello (piano)

Experienced and talented musicians all!

Performs for: Contra, English Country

Knives & Forks

Tasty dance music from Springwater, NY

Colleen Liggett (fiddle)
Meg Grindrod (piano)
John Kerr (mandolin)

Knives and Forks is a band of long-time musicians and friends from Springwater:  Colleen Liggett, John Kerr, and Meg Grindrod. Colleen plays fiddle, John is on mandolin, and Meg on piano.

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Performs for: Contra, English Country

Molly, Mark & Chris

A terrific trio that plays regularly for Rochester English dances.

Molly Jaynes WIlson (violin)
Mark Dumont (flute)
Chris DeGolyer (flute)

A terrific trio that plays regularly for Rochester English dances.

Performs for: English Country

Whimsy

A trio of Syracuse and Rochester musicians who play for English country dances

Laurel Sharp (winds, oboe)
Colleen Liggett (mandolin, banjo, recorder)
Meg Grindrod (piano & concertina)

A band of experienced musicians with a rich variety of instruments and a deep love of playing English dance tunes.

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Performs for: English Country

Callers

Bob Nicholson

Bob is a veteran caller from Syracuse. He’s totally focussed on fun, accessible dances. His dance repertoire is deep and his memory is amazing. A versatile caller, Bob handles both Contra and English Country dances with ease, and events from advanced to weddings to introductory workshops.

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Performs for: Contra, English Country

Colleen Liggett

A longtime member of our dance community, Colleen has recently turned her considerable enthusiasm towards calling. In addition to calling for us, she and her husband, John, host dances on their back porch. Colleen and John are also members of the band Knives & Forks.

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Performs for: English Country

David Smukler

I lead evenings of contras and squares, English country dances, family dances, school programs, and special events such as weddings, festivals, etc. I have also presented workshops on numerous dance related topics. My taste in dances is eclectic, and I tend to present a wide variety of dances when I call. My repertoire includes plenty of New England contras, as well as an assortment of squares, singing calls, mixers, old chestnuts and freshly minted dances. I have a special fondness for English country dances, and my English programs also blend old favorites with new gems.

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Performs for: Contra, English Country, Trad Squares

Richard Sauvain

Richard is the dean of Rochester English dance callers. His clear and persistent vision, quietly developed with his elegant, urbane style, is singularly responsible for the strong English Country Dance program Rochester has today. Beloved by all, it is always a pleasure to dance to his calling.

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Performs for: English Country

Sarah VanNorstrand

Sarah VanNorstrand has been calling, organizing and teaching contra, square, and family/community dances for seven years. She has a clear and engaging teaching style and a great repertoire of dances to share. Instantly hooked from her first contra dance as a teen, Sarah’s love of dance and her joy in sharing it with all who will is evident and infectious. Above all, her goal as a caller is to make sure the dancers are having as much fun as she is!

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Performs for: Contra, English Country