David Millstone started contra dancing in the early 1970s and has been calling dances for some 40 years. With an American repertoire ranging from traditional New England chestnuts to high-energy recent compositions, he calls contras, squares, and interesting dances in odd formations. He 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.
I began playing fiddle in 1974. Since then, I have played in country-rock bar bands, string bands, and contra dance bands, mostly around the Connecticut River Valley, and have taught many fiddle students. I began calling contra dances in 1980. I'm able to call and play at the same time and lead dances as a solo fiddler/caller, sort of like what one thinks of as a "dancing master" of the nineteenth century. I know a goodly number of easy circle, longways set, and contra dances and singing games which are well suited to situations where total beginners of any and all ages take part. Many of these events are outside the regular contra dance scene. I love working in them and believe that they're the source of many of the contra dancers of the decades to come.