What people say about us

Tony Parkes of Massachusetts has long been one of America’s best callers of contras and squares. – Country Dance New York
You are a wonderfully on-time, articulate and precise caller. You presented a great collection of dances. You have made this weekend a tremendous success. – Santa Barbara Country Dance Society
Thanks for all the good dance instruction, calling, and music you provided for our Folk Dance Weekend. I think it is the best one we have had. I have heard lots of our dancers say how much they enjoyed your dances and how impressed they are with your capabilities as a teacher and caller. Come back to Arkansas any time! – Arkansas Country Dance Society
You were the #1 draw for me at Pinewoods this year. The historical background of the contras that you presented was fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed your workshops. Also, I very much appreciated your making the effort to dance and mingle with the campers. You set a high standard – it’s a pleasure to see your professionalism. – A Pinewoods camper
Thank you for the lovely week – magical – many people said it was the best in years! You are so beloved by everyone here. I hope you had as much fun as you gave us. Your special spirit has given contra dancing a golden glow, touch of elegance, and mystery and artistry. – Mendocino Folklore Camp
As always, it was our great pleasure to have your special brand of calling driving the Challenging Contras & Squares workshops and the Saturday Evening Ball. Everyone had a terrific time because of your distinctive contributions. – Victoria’s Revenge
Thank you so much for a wonderful evening! My two friends from out of town were new to contra, as were several other people that night. Your instruction and calling brought them up to speed so perfectly that one friend told me later, “That was the most fun I’ve had in a single night all year.” – A Concord Scout House Dancer
I would like to extend our appreciation to you for helping to create another wonderful dance weekend. Your skill and experience, and your masterful choice of dances, really made the weekend flow. Thanks to you and all the other performers and volunteers, over 200 Thaw attendees spent the weekend learning, playing, dancing, smiling, listening – and hopefully planning to come back next year. – Toronto Country Dancers