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8/11/21
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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: (C) (203) 314-0221 Past dances & events CONNtra CONNection (everything related to contra dancing in Connecticut)
Schedule:
2021
fri aug 13 - podunk contra dance - https://podunkbluegrass.com
sat sept 4 - contra dance - cornwall - https://trinitywallstreet.org/trinity-retreat-center
saurday august 21 - 12noon - drumming cornell scott 400 columbus ave
saturday august 28 - 10 am - drumming 419 whalley ave
saturday sept 11 - worcester contra dance - kingfisher - holden ma
saturday sept 18 - noon - drumming
saturday october 23 - contra dance - yale law school - bill walach/dave howard
2022
sat jan 22 - contra dance norfield grange - bill walach/dave howard
sat feb 5 - contra dance - westport unitarian church - Wry Bred
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