Gaye Fifer is an accomplished contra caller and waltz
instructor from Pittsburgh, PA (by way of Charlottesville, VA). An active
dancer herself, Gaye understands the subtleties of making contras and waltzes
particularly satisfying for dancers. Her instructions are clear and concise, a
talent that comes naturally because she was a teacher by profession. An easy
smile and delightful sense of humor are part of Gaye's relaxed, pleasant style
while calling and teaching.
Gaye is known as both a dance caller and leader of some fun and unusual workshops. She’s been described (not by us, although we would agree) as “the best waltz teacher in the country.” She has been a caller and teacher at almost every dance weekend in the eastern US and delights dancers with her clear walk-throughs and smooth-flowing contras.
After stumbling into his first contra dance in early 2011, Kentucky resident Bradley Smith knew he had found something special. By August that year, driven by curiosity as to how contra worked and a desire to give back to the community he loved, he found himself at his first callers’ workshop learning from the wonderful Carol Ormand. Since then he has continued to develop his style through workshops with callers such as Diane Silver, Cary Ravitz, Sue Rosen, Lisa Greenleaf, and Rick Mohr. Bradley aims to create a fun, energetic atmosphere with lively calls, intelligent programming, and quick and efficient teaching, all done with a light touch.
Gaye and Bradley will share the calling for the Friday and Saturday night dances, and lead workshops. Bradley will stay up past midnight to host the late-night dance party on Saturday.