New England Dancing Masters: Andy Davis, Mary Cay Brass, and Peter and Mary Alice Amidon are all professional dance musicians, callers, and dance teachers. All have extensive experience teaching dance to elementary school students, both as music teachers and as artists-in-residence. They have time-tested the dances and singing games published here in classrooms and at community dances all over the country.

 

Andy Davis

Andy Davis

Andy’s calling of square and contra dances is often for the benefit of small community dances where dancers of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to join in. His commitment to promoting traditional dance in schools and communities led him to start, along with Peter and Mary Alice Amidon and Mary Cay Brass, New England Dancing Masters, publishers of books, recordings and a video for teachers and recreation leaders.

“I’m trying in my own way to see these musical traditions continue to flourish.”

Mary Cay Brass

Mary Cay Brass

Mary Cay Brass has been involved in traditional dancing since childhood. In the 1970's she spent two-and-a-half years in the former Yugoslavia studying traditional song and dance on a Fullbright Scholarship. She has put out two recordings and song/dance collections of this music entitled Village Harmony and Balkan Bridges.

"She is a master music teacher."

Peter and Mary Alice Amidon

peter and maryalice amidon

Peter and Mary Alice Amidon are versatile and widely respected performing and teaching artists who for the past twenty years have dedicated themselves to traditional song, dance and storytelling.