Spring DanceFest 2018
Sun Assembly
Durham, North Carolina
March 10 and 11, 2018

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Kalia Kliban
Bay Area, California

  English Dance Teacher

Kalia Kliban has been part of the California Bay Area traditional dance scene since the mid-80s, performing and teaching in a wide range of styles.  At dance camps and festivals across the country she has taught morris, longsword, English and American clogging, English country dance and contra, and she's a regular contra and English caller in the vibrant Bay Area dance community.  Her welcoming and relaxed teaching style has helped dancers of all levels experience the joy of traditional dance.

Music by
Julie Gorka,   Dean Herington,  Atossa Kramer,
Joey O’Donnell, 
Walt Robinson, and Mara Shea,

Julie Gorka

Julie Gorka is a musician with a wide range of musical interests. She plays contra dance, Scottish, historic, English, Irish and Klezmer music on piano, and harp.  She plays with many local musicians in the Triangle area and in the Washington DC area, including Copious Notes (with Mara Shea), Southwind (Irish), Syllabub (English and Colonial dance), and Magnolia Klezmer Band. Julie has a degree in piano performance, and teaches 25 Suzuki piano students. She enjoys working folk music styles into her classical piano student musical education.

Dean Herington

Dean has played clarinet and piano for English Country dancing for many years.  He also enjoys playing for contra, Scottish, international, and couples dancing.  He performs regularly at the annual Victorian Ball presented by Triangle Vintage Dance in Carrboro.  Dean also helps run the Triangle Country Dancers' community/family dance series.  He is a recently retired software engineer and a long-term resident of Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Atossa Kramer
I have been a lover of English Country  music and dance since my first introduction to it at Pinewoods Camp  in 1960.  I was visiting my mother who was rekindling her love of the dance that summer. This love has lasted through the years of motherhood, teaching, playing classical clarinet, piano, recorder, the accordion, at times,  on into retirement.  I have been on the staff of many workshops and was very involved in the local dance community in Berea, KY where I taught at the college for many years.  I live now in Black Mt. NC and am enjoying becoming part of the dance community in Asheville as well as the Triangle area!

Joey O'Donnell

Joey O’Donnell, baroque viola, lives in central North Carolina where he has been performing and teaching for the last decade.  He regularly performs in North and South Carolina with the  North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and has made a number of appearances at the Berkeley Early Music Festival with groups such as Ensemble Vermillion, the Bertamo Trio, and Wild Rose.  He has performed on Baroque & Beyond concerts in North Carolina and Washington State and with Seraphic Fire, a nationally-acclaimed chamber choir based in Miami.  In addition to his work in early music, Joey is a co-founder of Triangle Area Suzuki (www.TriangleSuzukiStrings.com), where he teaches individual and group lessons and leads a fiddling group for youngsters.  Outside of music, Joey is an avid puzzler and origamist.


Walt Robinson

Walt Robinson (recorders, tin whistle) grew up in Wheaton, Maryland, where 40 years ago he learned to play recorder from a high school friend. Subsequently he lived in Philadelphia, Antarctica, New York, Seattle, Central Illinois, and Northern Virginia.   He  has played for English Country Dances in Urbana, Illinois, Glen Echo, Maryland, Upperville, Virginia, and Durham, North Carolina. Now he resides happily  in Raleigh with his wife, pianist Julie Gorka, and where he is professor and head of the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University.

Mara Shea
Her website
I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, where I am a fiddle player, fiddle teacher, writer, and editor. I play Celtic music. Generally speaking, that means Scottish, Irish, and other music from the British Isles.  Dance music is what I love best—Scottish country dances,  English country dances, and Irish set dances, as well as contra dances, parties, and concerts with the fiddle-guitar duo, The Elftones.

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