At my first contra dance in 1989, I fell in love with dancing--and with my first partner, Gerald Pottern. We had a contra-dance wedding in 1991, and danced regularly with Triangle Country Dancers, Carolina Song and Dance Association, and the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, where we taught the beginners’ lessons. We discovered English Country Dance at Sun Assembly's New Year’s Eve dance in Durham, NC, in the mid-90s and have been dancing with them ever since. I learned to call through mentors, observing the excellent callers at Sun Assembly's weekly dances, and calling at our bi-monthly Learning Lab.
Our Sunday dance is from 2-3 pm Eastern time. There are usually 5 dances and a final waltz. I do 2 walk-throughs for each dance with all figures described and many of them demonstrated, and allow time for questions.
I like to call challenging dances that are well explained so that any experienced dancer can do them, but I also welcome improvisation and creative expression on the zoom dance floor. I call all the way through each dance, providing at least brief, one-word reminders of each move.