Taken in Nevada City, California
Most weekends, and sometimes on weekdays, I can be found in a dance hall somewhere calling, playing, doing sound,
or contra dancing. I get to play in two great bands,
Cascade Crossing and
Hands4. Both of these bands
are available to play your weekend or local contra dance.
I also play percussion once or twice a year with
The Portland Megaband, a 75-80 member contra orchestra!!
The Pacific NW is such a terrific place to live! It's great for calling and playing opportunities. In addition to established contra dances, I also enjoy calling for parties, weddings and community dances.
I've called dances from coast to coast for events ranging from large to small, novice to experienced, in a driveway to very large dance halls.
My goal is to call fun accessible dances with clear concise teaching, always with a good-natured, easy-going style.
I'm grateful to all the dance organizers and individuals who have invited me to call their dances. I particularly appreciate the local Portland dance community for patiently letting me try out new material. You're all wonderful!
In addition to all this dance and music related fun, my other passion is software quality. Helping development organizations achieve their quality goals is particularly gratifying. I just enjoy finding creative ways to test and break software.
Other activities include exploring the mountains, coast, and the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, living near Portland in Battle Ground, WA, and playing with my dogs, Otto and Kasey.