Welcome!

Hi!  

I'm glad your thinking about dance.  We've all missed dancing a lot. If I have called for your local community dance before, I am willing to consider an invitation to call, but I do not plan to actively seek bookings in the next few months. 

In addition to calling contra or English country, authentic period Civil War or similar dances, I've called a lot of "barn dances" in the last few years.  These are the kind of simple dances that require no previous knowledge, but can be done and be fun for anyone, and are geared to whoever shows up.  There may be a lot of party dances, some square dances, circle dances, and so on. 

I am happy to call wedding dances, Jane Austin or Civil War era dances, or special occasion dances in central Indiana and beyond, in most cases only if the budget allows for live music. I will be calling a dance  for the Angola Civil War Reenactment the last Saturday in September, 2022, and at the Feast of the Hunters Moon near Lafayette, IN  October 1.

While most regular and weekend contra and English dances were cancelled after the covid outbreak in the spring of 2020, some of them have resumed on a more limited scale, witha  variety of Covid protocals.  Indy contra has not resumed regular dances,  but plans on dancing at the state fair July 31 and August 14, and will make further plans after that.    

Stay safe and healthy, and dance when you can.  
                                                            Ken

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I am Ken Gall, dance caller--aka Ken the Caller.  My high spirits and affirming approach to dance, (and to life) create a lot of smiles and happy memories. Click my name on you tube for examples of what I do. Contact me at ken@kenthecaller.com, or call 317-750-7892. 

I've called contra, English Country, Civil War era dances, square dances, wedding dances, barn dances, and similar stuff hundreds of times from coast to coast over the last fourteen years.  I really enjoy calling barn dances, where even people with no dance experience can get involved and have fun with only brief instruction. I also have great fun calling for dances where there are a hundred or more mostly experienced dancers with high expectations.

At contra dances, I call a variety of dances that are often compared to weekend programs called by well known callers, and some of these national "first tier" callers have copied dances I call, and even some that I have written.  I've called to all kinds of live music, from old time-y, Celtic or Quebecois jigs and reels to swing tunes, pop music, and sometimes even a classical riff or two.  I've called with once a month volunteer bands and with a number of nationally known musicians, or with CD's for low budget events at schools and churches.  If you haven't experienced contra dancing, here's a hint, from a poem by Carol Tyx:
  
                We line up two by two, ready
                to step out of our ordinary lives...
   
                It's life as it's meant to be
                where we take the world in our arms
                up and down the line, welcoming one another 
                home again and again.