ContraCopia Performers for 2016

Dave Eisenstadter Dave Eisenstadter has been calling since he started a dance series in college. Some of his favorite gigs since then have been the Greenfield Mass Fall frolic, the New England Folk Festival, the Burning Man contra dances, the Lava Meltdown in Idaho, and the Toronto Island Dance. He lives in western Massachusetts. Dave looks forward to grooving out on the stage and the floor at ContraCopia.
Rick Mohr Rick Mohr has enjoyed calling and writing contra dances for many years. He has had the pleasure of leading dance weeks and weekends throughout the US, and has also called internationally in Canada and Denmark.
Frannie Marr Frannie Marr is a popular caller, organizer, and dancer residing in Southern California. Frannie draws on her experience as a dance gypsy and elementary school teacher to efficiently teach and call dances that people love. Her hallmark is quick walkthroughs, clear calling, and letting the dance and music flow.

Decaf Zombies The Decaf Zombies bring their hot-brewed dance music from Louisville, KY. Tom Cunningham has amazed dancers coast-to-coast with the Coffee Zombies. Kate Sanders brings piano and hammered dulcimer to their music. Latin percussionist Luis de Leon layers in sophisticated rhythms that will get your feet moving. You will hear jazz and world beat rhythms superimposed on old-time, Celtic and original tunes.
Mean Lids The Mean Lids mix one part smooth Irish session, one part spicy Cajun-Zydeco, one part hot western swing, with two parts driving southern old-time and take it down to the local dance hall. There you have the Mean Lids, a young, energetic acoustic trio currently resident in central Illinois. Playing a mix of original and traditional tunes, the Mean Lids produce an exciting, unique sound born from the living traditions of American fiddle and dance music.
Gaslight Tinkers African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music. It's the future of the music of the past. The Gaslight Tinkers' blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and Celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since forming in 2012, the band has lit up the East Coast from clubs and live radio to major festivals and barn dances.

Bob Pasquarello Bob Pasquarello will be playing waltzes on the piano.
Ellen Tepper Ellen Tepper has been playing the harp since childhood. After a lifetime of playing and sitting still, she started playing for dances in 1989. She is still trying to find a way to dance and play at the same time.