Contra Dance with David Millstone
started contra dancing in the early 1970s and has been calling dances for more than twenty-five years.
is known for his
clear and supportive teaching, for the breadth of his
repertoire, for his
sense of humor, for the historical background he
is able to share with dancers, and for his
ability to pick dances with just the right level of challenge for all audiences.
home dance for twenty-four years has been with the band "Northern Spy" in Norwich, Vermont, a monthly event that attracts both young and old dancers.
As a caller for adults, he
has performed throughout the Northeast and, more recently, at dance camps and weekends around the country.
performed at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and he
also appears on "Choose Your Partners," an album of New Hampshire contra dance music and calling on the Smithsonian Folkways label.
He has been on staff at the John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC), Pinewoods, the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend (NH), and the Dance Flurry (NY), among others.
Upcoming dance weekends take him to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Oregon over Labor Day Weekend, and again to Brasstown.
In addition to calling American dances, David also leads English country dance.
As a dance leader for younger or less experienced dancers, David
has called for hundreds of family dances, weddings and private parties throughout the Northeast.
He has been a staff member at CDSS family dance camps and will be on staff again this summer for Family Week at Camp Ogontz in northern New Hampshire.
thirty-year tenure as an elementary school teacher, he
also taught sword dancing and Morris dancing to his
video documentary, "Paid To Eat Ice Cream: Bob McQuillen and New England Contra Dancing," was featured at the Green Mountain Film Festival and broadcast on Vermont Public Television.
VPT also aired his
latest video, "What's Not To Like?
A Community Contra Dance," a portrait of his
In January, 2004, David
presented a program of dance and videos at the Brooklyn Public Library
as part of the "Dance on Camera" series at Lincoln Center.
David Millstone serves on the Governing Board of the Country Dance and Song Society.