Amy  has been folk dancing longer than she can remember and has been calling dances since 1987. She calls traditional American folk dances: contras, squares, circles and play party games for all ages and ability levels. She has called at public square and contra dances,  preschools, elementary schools, weddings, bars, grange halls, auctions, birthday parties, the Northwest Folklife Festival, the Washington State Old Time Fiddlers Workshop, Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society and worked as a dance artist-in-residence at elementary and middle schools. Given 8 people, 5 minutes, and a few dozen square feet, Amy can create a dance.


She works as a music teacher at Stevens Elementary in Seattle and incorporates dance into music instruction all the time. She has a vast repertoire of singing games and dance activities suited to the youngest and most reluctant of dancers. In addition to being a professional music teacher and dance caller, she co-runs the Seattle Family Dance, plays piano for contra dances in several bands (The Coffey Party, The Voyageurs) and has taught piano at Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA and also plays old time guitar with the Carroll Family Band.

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