Welcome!

In keeping with the CDC and CDSS guidelines posted March 12, 2020, most contra and English Country dances were cancelled for the rest of 2020, and generally stayed cancelled or Zoom only through this summer.   Many groups are still waiting to see what happens this fall, but others, such as Bloomington In., are dancing--outside, and only with documented fully vaccinated group members to dance, call, or make music.   I called that dance August 18, with Ox on Fire.

If I have called for your local community dance before, I am willing to consider an invitation for this fall or winter, but I do not plan to actively seek bookings in the next few months. 

I would be happy to call wedding dances or special occasion dances in central Indiana, providing the budget allows for live music. 

Stay safe and healthy, OK? 
                                                            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 thirteen years. I'm intentionally cutting back some, and am travelling out of state a bit less and calling more dances for historic gatherings, weddings,  and other special events in or near Indiana.  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.

I'd be glad to call for for your community's scheduled contra or English dance, for an annual historic dance or ball, whatever.   There is more on the following pages.