Hi! Welcome to my website. I am a social dance historian, English Country Dance caller and Contra Dance caller living with my wife, Rhonda Hotop, in Northern Virginia, USA. You can find out more about me on my Biography page.
Hopefully you will find the website useful. It contains a growing number of dance instructions. These include dances I have written, dances that other people have written, and my interpretations of dances originally published in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
If you are interested in booking me you will find information about when I am available, where you can go to see me call, and lists of dances that I have called. As a caller I have an extensive repertoire and can call for a wide range of audiences in a wide range of styles. These include English Country Dances (beginner to expert), Contra Dances (beginner to expert), Vintage Dances (seventeenth & early eighteenth century country dances, Jane Austen period dances, Civil War period dances), Family and Community Dances, and dance parties for those who know nothing but want to have a fun time.
Links to many other useful resources are also provided and all these things can be explored via the top and side menus.
I hope that you enjoy this new site which is powered by the Joomla open source content management system. This makes it much easier to add new material to the site and I hope that you will visit the site frequently to explore new material. My monthly newsletter gives details of where you can see me calling together with news about new features on my website. You can sign-up (or opt-out) below. You can also contact me via the contact form if you have any queries or comments.