Callers and Musicians

Callers:  Scott Higgs is very well known throughout the English Dance community. His calling is clear and concise, and his sly sense of humor an unfailing delight. Scott is also a prolific creator of dances, many of which have become modern classics.

Gaye Fifer has called contras and taught waltz workshops at dance weekends across the country. She has now become an extremely proficient caller of ECD. Gaye is also a patient and talented teacher of Dutch Crossing, an addictive interlocking patterned dance for 16 dancers.

Melissa Running is not only a skilled writer of dances and composer of tunes, she is an excellent caller, well known in the Washington, DC area and all over the East Coast. Melissa is particularly adept at introducing contra dancers to the joys of English Country Dance. She has a clear instructional style and an ever-expanding repertoire of fascinating dances.

Musicians: An English Trifle is proud to feature eight splendid musicians — Susan Brandt (flute), Josh Burdick (violin)  Tina Chancey (violin, viol da gamba), Liz Donaldson (keyboard)  Ralph Gordon (cello), Jonathan Jensen (keyboard), Paul Oorts (mandolin, cittern, musette accordion), and Becky Ross (violin).

Our goal is to have a different combination of musicians for each workshop — trios during the day, and quintets in the evening.