Based in Dallas, Texas, NTTDS promotes understanding and appreciation
of American folk dancing, its music, its history,
and related folklore. We are a group affiliate of
the Country Dance and Song Society.
Sokol Athletic Center, Dallas, Texas March 24-26, 2023
Caller: David Millstone
Band: Rachel Bell (accordion)
Susan Kevra (clarinet)
David Wiesler (Piano)
started contra dancing in the early 1970s and has been calling
Contra and English Country Dances for some 40 years.
Besides being a past President of CDSS, David is known for his clear and supportive teaching style, the breadth of his repertoire,
his sense of humor, and his ability to pick dances that offer the right level of challenge for all audiences.
Rachel and Susan have played music together. Dave and Rachel have also played together. So have Susan and Dave.
Set for Spring finally brings all three of them together for a dream forestalled three years because of the pandemic.
Along with a pent up hankering to play music together, they bring a combined wealth of experience.
Rachel Bell is an
accordion player based in Brattleboro, VT, and is in demand throughout
North America and abroad for concerts, Contra Dances, French Bal Folk Dances, English Country Dances,
workshops, camps, and festivals. This performer, tunesmith, and teacher draws her inspiration from
Celtic, French, English, Quebecois, and New England traditions. She thrives on ensemble work,
especially with her bands Eloise & Co, Peregrine Road, Alchemy, and in several different combinations with Susan Kevra.
Susan Kevra is a
clarinetist, dance caller and singer who makes her home in Nashville,
but travels across the country and occasionally, around the globe to teach and play for Contra,
Square, English Country, and French Dances. Inspired by tunes by her bandmate, Rachel Bell,
she has choreographed a dozen English Dances and counting, including Trip to Provence and Moonflower,
which are making their way onto dance floors and ball programs in the US and England.
She is also a professor of French and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches a class in
American Social History through Dance.
David Wiesler has
built a national reputation for his rhythmic and innovative and sensitive
guitar and piano playing in a huge range of traditions from English Country to Contra, Swing, Vintage,
Couple, and Scottish Country Dance and is a prolific composer of tunes, songs, and recently, choral works and arrangements for small ensembles.
This is a fragrance-free event. Your cooperation is appreciated.
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How to contact NTTDS: 972-546-8858 OR
OR PO Box 820203, Dallas, TX 75382
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