The purpose of BMAD is to provide a safe place for people to gather in the love of traditional music and dance. Respectful and sober behavior are critical to the continued joy and pleasure of these gatherings. Please respect the house, the grounds, the neighbors, and the neighborhood, as well as other people attending BMAD. If you're interested in merely partying and are not interested in sharing the love and enjoyment of traditional music and dance, then this is not the event for you.
The next Bethany Music and Dance (BMAD) is Friday, March 27, 7:30 PM
information and directions for BMAD Questions? e-mail, phone: 203.393.3464

BMAD on youtube! | Read a Daily Nutmeg article about Bill!
Read a New Haven Independent article about the 11/7/14 dance for New Haven Farms
Listen to Bill in a WSHU radio interview about BMAD with Cuchulain Kelly!
View these fine tractor videos: Who needs a drummer? and Square dancing

Photo by Dan Mims; source Daily Nutmeg
March 25, 2015

Bill Fischer, Contra Dance Caller
Photo by Marilyn Catasus

Bill Fischer
Contra Dance Caller
Click here for a definition of contra dance
Drummer & Seasonal Ritual Leader

Bill's schedule      Contact Bill

Watch Bill in action!

Worcester (MA) Contra Dance
2/13/10: Contra Mixer | Contra Dance
2/11/12: Spiral Dance 4/12/14: Spiral Dance
Northboro (MA) Contra Dance:
3/17/12: Contra Dance

Woodbridge, CT, 10/16/10: Family Dance
Hamden, CT, 6/23/12: Barn Dance
New Haven, CT, 2/8/12: Pecha Kucha New Haven presentation in which Bill outlines his "mission statement": Holding Hands with Strangers
Bill has been calling dances for over thirty years, starting out in New Haven, Connecticut with the contra dance series that has been a fixture of the folk music and dance scene since 1976. In addition to contra dances in and around the northeast, he has called at various dance camps regionally and nationally.

Much of his calling activity centers on special occasion "barn" dances including the monthly musical event BMAD at his home in Bethany, CT. Other such events include school dances, private parties, special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, and dances in extended care facilities where he has done dances for people using wheel chairs and walkers.

Besides calling, he plays penny whistle for concert settings and hurdy-gurdy for special events. He has also danced in and played music for performing dance groups in and around the northeast In addition, he calls maypole dances annually in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. Of late, he is also performing at events playing djembe. Four times a year he hosts ritual gatherings honoring the Solstices and Equinoxes. All of this activity is a manifestation of his commitment to fostering community through dance, music, and ritual.

Contact: e-mail, phone: (H) (203) 393-3464 (C) (203) 314-0221 Bill's past dances & events CONNtra CONNection (everything related to contra dancing in Connecticut)
Friday, March 27, 7:30 PM BMAD, Bethany, CT
Saturday, April 4, 8:00 PM Berlin Contra Dance, Berlin, MA, with Berlin Country Orchestra
Saturday, April 18, 6:00 PM Spring Hoedown, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT, with Wry Bred
Thursday, April 23, 5:30 PM The 21st Leonardo Challenge, Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden, CT, with Mickey Koth
Saturday, April 25, 7:30-9:30 PM Private dance, Ivoryton, CT, with Wry Bred
Saturday, May 2, 12:30 PM Maypole dance, Grace Church School, Manhattan, NY
Saturday, May 2, 3:30 PM Maypole dance, Wakeman Town Farm, Westport, CT, with Mickey Koth & Kendall Alderman
Sunday, May 3, 2:00 PM Celebration of May, with Maypole dance, at Out On A Whim Farm, Bethany, CT, with Out On A Whim
Sunday, May 17, afternoon Private dance, Bethany, CT, with Wry Bred
Sunday, May 17, 7:00 PM Barn Dance, Litchfield, CT
Saturday, June 6, 8:00-11:00 PM Quiet Corner Contra Dance, Storrs, CT, with Wry Bred
Saturday, June 13, 8:00-11:00 PM Hartford Contra Dance, Wethersfield, CT, with Wry Bred
Sunday, June 21, 5:30 PM , Bethany, CT
Sunday, August 30-Monday, September 7 Dance calling/drumming, Burning Man
Wednesday, September 23, 5:30 PM , Bethany, CT
Saturday, October 3, 7:00 PM Private Barn Dance, Goshen, CT, with O'Wryly
Monday, December 21, 5:30 PM , Bethany, CT
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