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, October 31, 7:30 PM
information and directions for BMAD Questions? e-mail, phone: 203.393.3464

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Photo by Dan Mims; source Daily Nutmeg
October 17, 2014

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, often with his wife Mickey Koth (the fiddler in the band Wry Bred) when they are sometimes known as Out On A Whim. 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 and Mickey host 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)
Schedule:
2014
October
Saturday, October 25, 10:30 AM Private event, Greens Farms, CT, with Wry Bred
Saturday, October 25, 1:30 PM Hootenanny, Block Rock, CT
Saturday, October 25, 7:30 PM Westford Contra Dance, Westford, MA, with Au Contraire
Sunday, October 26, 4:oo-5:00 PM Private barn dance, Suzuki Music School of Westport
Friday, October 31, 7:30 PM BMAD
November
Saturday, November 1, 4:00 PM Day of the Dead Parade, New Haven, CT
Friday, November 7, 6:00-8:00 PM Dance, fund raiser for New Haven Farms, Hamden, CT, with O'Wryly
Saturday, November 8, 4:30 PM Drum circle, Middletwon, CT
Saturday, November 8, 8:00-11:00 PM Hartford Contra Dance, Wethersfield, CT, with Dogtown
Saturday, November 15, 8:00-11:00 PM New Haven Contra Dance, Branford, CT, with Wry Bred
December
Saturday, December 13, 8:00-11:00 PM Hartford Contra Dance, Wethersfield, CT, with Fiddleheads
Sunday, December 21, 5:30 PM Bethany, CT
Saturday, December 27, 8:00-11:00 PM Mystic Contra Dance, Mystic, CT, PM, with Wry Bred
2015
February
Saturday, February 7, 8:00 PM Berlin Contra Dance, Berlin, MA, with Berlin Country Orchestra
Sunday, February 8, 3:00 PM Westford Family Dance, Westford, MA, with Au Contraire
Saturday, February 14, 8:00 PM Worcester Contra Dance, Worcester, MA, with Riverbend
Saturday, February 21, 8:00 PM Northboro Contra Dance, Northboro, MA, with Berlin Country Orchestra
April
Saturday, April 4, 8:00 PM Berlin Contra Dance, Berlin, MA, with Berlin Country Orchestra
May
Sunday, May 17, 7:00 PM Barn Dance, Litchfield, CT
June
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
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