ContraCopia Performers for 2017

Janine Smith Janine Smith calls contra, square, ceilidh, and family dances in the Washington, DC area. She shares her humorous (OK, sometimes goofy) and infectious passion for music and dance with dancers from Glen Echo, MD to Seattle, WA. She specializes in Singing Squares and in generally whoopin’ it up real good. She’s known for her calm, unflappable demeanor, great sense of humor, and skill at knowing just which dances to teach and call, whether it's to a room full of new and never danced, tipsy wedding guests or a group of skilled, and already seen-it-all contra dancers looking for a challenge. She is one of the “Hot Square Babes”, a quintet of female callers who throw the occasional Square Dance Party in the DC area, and a founding member of the DC Square Dance Collective.
Beth Molaro Dancers from coast-to-coast will tell you that Beth Molaro is GREAT and when she calls, the dance is always a party! Beth calls high-energy, turbocharged squares and smooth flowing contras. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she makes any dance more energetic and exciting.

Beth's vocal style is unique in the dance world. Her ability to sing the calls makes for an exciting blending of music and calls which she accomplishes with both clarity and musical integrity. You will hear elements of the blues and jazz in her voice as she sings you from one figure to the next, weaving together the various elements of dance, music and dancers into a positively charged room of inspired enthusiasm.
Will Mentor Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight. All the while, keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!"

Since 1995, Will has called all over the United States, Canada, and Denmark including weeks at Pinewoods, BACDS American Week in California, and Tommerup Contra Dance Weekend in Denmark. He has led many calling workshops including week-long calling workshops at Augusta Dance Week and Ashokan Northern Week.

The Organic Family Band The Organic Family Band brings a range of musical experiences and styles to dance and folk music, blending jazz, Irish, Quebecois, Klezmer, New England, ragtime, rock, and more to create a soundscape that'll keep you moving and grooving all night long! With veteran lead player Rebekah Geller on fiddle, dad (and experienced jazz guitarist) Michael Raitzyk, older brother Jakob Raitzyk on fiddle and foot percussion, and mom Judith Geller on french horn, The Organic Family Band carries on musical traditions and brings new life into the sound of dance/folk music.
Cloud 10 photo Cloud 10 is a new band featuring Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle) from Nor'easter Facebook, Donal Sheets (cello, mandolin and guitar), and Ness Smith-Savedoff (percussion) both from Gallimaufry Facebook
The Ripples photo The Ripples have been earning raves everywhere they go. This young band provides a diverse and satisfying dance experience, incorporating music ranging from world beats to pop while keeping a firm footing in traditional American folk. Come stomp, slink, and slide across the floor to their entrancing tunes!

The Ripples are: Gabrielle Lanza: vocals, percussion; Kristen Planeaux: piano, flute; Andrew Taylor: fiddle; Christopher Wood: electric baritone guitar

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.