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Bill Fischer, Contra Dance Caller
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Bill Fischer
Contra Dance Caller
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Drummer & Seasonal Ritual Leader

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Watch Bill in action!

Worcester (MA) Contra Dance
2/13/10: Contra Mixer | Contra Dance
2/11/12: Spiral Dance 4/12/14: Spiral Dance
Northboro (MA) Contra Dance:
3/17/12: Contra Dance

Woodbridge, CT, 10/16/10: Family Dance
Hamden, CT, 6/23/12: Barn Dance
New Haven, CT, 2/8/12: Pecha Kucha New Haven presentation in which Bill outlines his "mission statement": Holding Hands with Strangers
Bill has been calling dances for over thirty years, starting out in New Haven, Connecticut with the contra dance series that has been a fixture of the folk music and dance scene since 1976. In addition to contra dances in and around the northeast, he has called at various dance camps regionally and nationally.

Much of his calling activity centers on special occasion "barn" dances including the monthly musical event BMAD at his home in Bethany, CT. Other such events include school dances, private parties, special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, and dances in extended care facilities where he has done dances for people using wheel chairs and walkers.

Besides calling, he plays penny whistle and hurdy-gurdy. He has also danced in and played music for performing dance groups in and around the northeast In addition, he calls maypole dances annually in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. Of late, he is also performing at events playing djembe. Four times a year he hosts ritual gatherings honoring the Solstices and Equinoxes. All of this activity is a manifestation of his commitment to fostering community through dance, music, and ritual.

Contact: e-mail, phone: (H) (203) 393-3464 (C) (203) 314-0221 Bill's past dances & events CONNtra CONNection (everything related to contra dancing in Connecticut)
sat march 24 east haddam farmer's market dance - 7 pm - bill walach and dave howard
fri april 6 east bay contra dance, warren, ri - the cicadas
saturday april 7 berlin ma contra dance - berlin country orchestra
sat april 14 hartford contra dance with Wild Notes
Saturday, April 28, 2:00 PM Maypole dance, Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Hwy, Westport, CT, Mickey Koth and Robert Messore
wed may 2 maypole dance manhattanville college - 5 pm
sat may 5 maypole dance - grace church school - nyc - 12:30 pm
Sunday, May 20, 2:00 PM Maypole dance, Massaro Farm, 41 Ford Road, Woodbridge, CT, Mickey Koth and Robert Messore
sat june 2 new haven country dance - fifer's delight - 7:30 pm
sat june 23 round hill country dancers - bill walach and dave howard
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