In addition to our many fine Michigan musicians and dance leaders, we have...
Al White teaches Appalachian music for string instruments at Berea College and is best known for his mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and banjo playing, teaching any and all of these when asked. He is the leader of the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, an energetic student group. Al plays fiddle in the Castoffs and has been an artist-in-residence for the Kentucky Arts Council in storytelling, folk music and dance. He also has been a staff member at Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Kentucky Summer Dance School, and other dance weeks.
Alice White , a CCDS staff member, plays bass and sings with her husband, Al. She's performed across the US and abroad, from the Grand Old Opry to the Kennedy Center, to a school gym north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska, to another in Hobart, Tasmania. Locally, she and Al can be heard accompanying the Berea Festival Dancers, playing for contras with the Berea Cast-offs, or doing concerts with her sister, Ruth McLain Smith.
Tripp Bratton is a percussionist, composer, producer, and educator who, in addition to his current positions as lecturer of percussion and director of the African Latin Percussion and Contemporary Percussion (Fusion) ensembles at Berea College, serves as director, composer, and arranger for the award-winning March Madness Marching Band. He is also music director for the Rakadu Gypsy Dance and Sabi Diri sib multicultural dance troupes, and is founder and director of One Circle Productions, a company that includes recording studio and live-event productions, along with services to facilitate artistic collaboration between musicians, dancers, theatrical producers, and videographers.
The Castoffs play music for English Country Dance as well as for Contra. Sample their album "Folk Buddha's Path to Enlightenment" at http://www.allmusic.com/album/folk-buddhas-path-to-enlightenment-mw0000001415
Caller Wendy Graham Settle is a self-described "dance maniac." Her passion for music, song and dance caught fire over 26 years ago on a youth dance tour of Denmark. Now, Wendy leads English, American, and couples dances around Durango, Colorado in the southwest, throughout the country, and abroad -- as far away as Alaska, England and Denmark. She proudly served on the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) board and currently is a Lifetime Contribution Award committee member. Find out more about the perky pants dance factory at http://www.perkypantsdance.com/ .
From Ontario, Canada, Cathy is an internationally-known dance instructor, choreographer and historian. She returns to teach couples and vintage dance and to host the ever-popular Cathy's Lounge. http://www.vintagedance.com/cathy.htm