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Bill Fischer, Contra Dance Caller
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Bill Fischer
Contra Dance Caller
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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
Pecha Kucha New Haven (2/8/12) presentation in which Bill's "mission statement" is outlined: 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 and hurdy-gurdy. 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 Past dances & events CONNtra CONNection (everything related to contra dancing in Connecticut)
fri august 16 - eli whitney museum - barn dance - jwillow and im sirch
sat august 24 mystic contra dance
sat sept 14 - stamford makefest day - fiddleheads
sat sept 21 - - two coyotes wilderness school dance - sticks and stones farm - bill walach and dave howard
monday sept 23 - - equinox bonfire - out on a whim farm bethany
sat oct 5 - berlin, ma contra dance - berlin country orchestra
sat oct 12 worcester, ma contra dance -
sat oct 19 private wedding dance
sat nov 2 - fairfield, ct senior center dance - bill walach and dave howard
sat dec 28 mystic contrac dance, with Wry Bred
sat jan 18 - 7:30 pm - northboro ma contra dance
fri march 6 - - quiet corner contra dance - dave howard and will welling
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