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guest Caller and Musicians

Paul Ross

Paul Ross has been dancing English country dance since 1971, when he joined the University of Chicago Country Dancers under the direction of Pat Talbot. When Pat left, Paul took over the calling. Looking back at that time, Paul observes, "I knew so little then--and am still learning all these years later". Later in New York City, his teachers were the master callers of those years: Genny Shimer, Christine Helwig, Fried Herman, Sue Salmons, Bertha Hatvary, and others, and he had the privilege of dancing to Phil Merrill's and Marshall Baron's playing. Fried, in particular, was the major influence on Paul's dancing and on his understanding and vision of what ECD is. To help preserve that vision and the dances that Fried created Paul founded The Lenox Assembly in Lenox, MA., in 2009, a dance weekend co-led with Robin Hayden that is dedicated to the art of dancing well. You may see some of the results of this effort on his Childgrove YouTube channel. Paul currently teaches regularly in White Plains, NY, with the Country Dancers of Westchester and in New York with CD*NY . He was on the staff at Pinewoods for two years, and assisted Fried Herman at the Fried for All in Lenox, MA, and the Fried for All West in Seattle.

Karen Axelrod

Karen Axelrod is known for her energetic, expressive, lyrical playing. She plays for English Country, contra, and Scottish dance throughout the U.S. at dance camps, weekends and balls. She's also performed in the U.K., Denmark, Greece and Canada. Karen plays with the band Foxfire. She also plays accordion for Orion Longsword.

Naomi Morse

Naomi Morse grew up surrounded by music and dance in the folk communities of New England. She is known for her energetic and driving fiddle playing for both contra and English dancing in many bands, including Night Watch, Housetop and the mega-fiddle-band Childsplay. She has toured extensively with the world music ensemble Northern Harmony and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.