Callers and Bands

Bands

See Callers list below.

Alyssa, Laurel & Austin

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.

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

Old World Charm School

Susan Kevra (clarinet)
Rachel Bell (accordion)
Karen Axelrod (piano)

Susan Kevra, Karen Axelrod, and Rachel Bell — known collectively as Old World Charm School — are equally at home playing contra dances, English country dances, French dances, and concerts, with Susan switching roles between caller and clarinetist/singer. In concert, the trio presents lively Quebecois songs, mesmerizing French village dance tunes, passionate waltzes, and exciting originals. In a dance setting, their music and calling strikes a delectable balance between energizing and idyllic. Best of all, these three simply love to play together, and that sense of joy and good humor is evident in every performance.

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Performs for: Contra, 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

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