Cary Ravitz - Contra Dance Caller
About My Calling
I call mostly my own contra dances (www.dance.ravitz.us) (no squares).
These dances focus on flow and they all have a partner swing and most include a neighbor
My calls are minimalist, chosen to highlight the music and dance, not
the caller. I want to connect the dancers to the music and the other
I live in Lexington, KY and dance regularly in Lexington,
Louisville, Cincinnati, Berea, and have danced through most of the
Southeast US. I have called dances mostly in KY and OH, but have made it
to BC, MA, NC, OR, PA, TN, TX, and have had the good fortune to have called with
great bands including
Hotpoint, Great Bear Trio, Lift Ticket,
Euphor, Changeling, Syncopaths, Coffee Zombies.
I have been dancing
since 1987 and calling and writing contras since 1995. I have also
played fiddle for dances and have set up sound for dances.
I have led workshops including calling, choreography, advanced dances,
and flourishes. And I have
published web pages -
Contra Dances by Cary Ravitz,
Notes on Calling Contra Dances,
Notes on Choreography for Duple Minor Improper Contra Dances,
Tips on Being a Better Contra Dancer.