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2019 CDW Talent

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An energetic contra dance band from Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle, the Free Raisins fuse New England roots with a modern groove. They promise a versatile mix of supremely danceable tunes—come out and get your two scoops worth! The Free Raisins are Audrey Knuth on fiddle, Jeff Kaufman on mandolin, brass, and feet, and Amy Englesberg on piano and accordion.

Hailing from New England, Nova weaves the sounds of Kathleen Fownes' fiery fiddling, Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin's dynamic accordion and piano, and Everest Witman's energetic guitar and foot percussion into a rich tapestry of sound. Nova draws from both traditional repertoire and original compositions to create versatile, high energy, driving contra dance music.


Emily Rush, founder of the ever popular Rushfest, consistently charms dancers with her energetic calling and personality. She is known for including a wonderful variety of dances in her repertoire.

What is Rushfest, you ask? It's a contra dance to DJ'd music, including pop, rock 'n' roll, tango, oldies, jazz, all the music! Just imagine dancing to your favorite top 40s, and then more!


Dana started Contra dancing in 2009 and calling in 2010. She loves helping weave the community created through folk dance and music. Based in Florida, she is known for her creative programming, sense of humor, and no-nonsense walk-throughs.

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