Indy Contra ALWAYS has live music, and a caller who teaches and prompts the dances. Musical styles vary widely, and include Appalachian, Celtic, New England, Old Time, Québécois, Scottish, etc., with occasional bits of jazz, rock, or international influences.
This page is eternally under construction as we receive updated info from our bands & callers. (If you’re not here but should be, please send photo, link, and desired description info to email@example.com.)
Regular bands & callers include:
Bob is a long time Indy & Bloomington caller.
John Paolillo (mandola, bouzouki, & mandocello, etc.) and Twy Bethard (fiddle) play Celtic lilt and old-time syncopation with world music accents.
Emily Ann Thompson
Emily plays traditional Irish, Scottish, and Canadian tunes, sings in Irish Gaelic, and often adds piano, Irish dance, and foot percussion. Her husband Kelly joins her on guitar, percussion, and vocals.
Troika (meaning “trio” in Russian) combines the diverse sounds of Ireland, Old Time America, Eastern and Southern Europe, the Cajun South and more for a truly eclectic dance experience. From a lilting Irish jig to a driving French Canadian reel to a sultry Romanian khusidl, you never know what Troika will deliver next. Featuring Sarah Skreko (fiddle), Mario Joven (guitar), and Dianna Davis (clarinet, accordion, foot percussion).
Jonathan has danced and led contra and English Country Dance for 20 years, researches the history of dance, and has long as been an organizer of the Champaign-Urbana, IL, dance community.
Dianna Davis and Ben Smith, with friends (who vary from time to time).
Ken has been dancing for over 20 years. In the last 5 years he has called extensively throughout the Midwest and beyond.
Leslie Selden, Dave Schroeder, Lisa Wagoner Schroeder, and Steve Kobe.