Join us in the dining hall at Potash Hill on the Friday and/or Saturday night of RiverJam Romp weekend for dancing and fun! All dances will be taught; all ages and abilities are welcome.
No registration is required! Pay with cash or check at the door.
Adults: $10-25 sliding scale. Children and Teens: $5. Family: $30.
Additional donations are welcome.
Park in the visitor lot at Potash Hill (formerly Marlboro College). The campus address is 2582 South Rd, Marlboro, Vermont, and the second visitor lot on the left is the lot closest to the Dining Hall. Cross the street, go up the stairs, listen for the music, and you'll find us!
The New England Dancing Masters will lead us in a delightful evening of family-friendly dances from their repertoire of contras, squares, singing games, play party dances, and more.
The New England Dancing Masters (NEDM) are Mary Alice Amidon, Peter Amidon, Andy Davis, and Mary Cay Brass. All four are professional dance musicians, callers, and dance teachers with extensive experience teaching dance to people of all ages and abilities, including elementary school students and families right here in Southern Vermont. Their time-tested repertoire is taught in classrooms and community dances all over the country.
For many years, NEDM has sponsored the Village Dance in Dummerston, VT and now Guilford, VT, which introduced many of us and our children to these traditions. It is a rare and special treat to welcome NEDM to RiverJam Romp for this special Friday night dance!
Join us for traditional and modern New England Contras and Squares called by our RiverJam Romp "house callers," Louisa Engle and Steve Zakon-Anderson. Music will feature our all-star RiverJam Romp 2023 Staff Band, including Andy Davis, David Cantieni, Yann Falquet, Peter Siegel, and Cedar Stanistreet.
Steve Zakon-Anderson walked into his first contra dance, in Francestown, NH, in 1980. He started calling three years after that and has now danced, called, organized, and taught contra dances for over 40 years. He is known for his clear and efficient teaching, his sense of humor, and the way he weaves his calling with the music. For almost 30 years Steve, called dances monthly in Peterborough, NH with Bob McQuillen, who we honor this weekend in what would have been Mac's 100th year.
Louisa Engle began calling dances right here at Marlboro College in the early 2000s and has been calling and playing at family contra dances and camps throughout New England ever since. She is passionate about bringing together musicians and dancers of different ages and abilities, and can often be found calling at the longstanding Village Dance organized by Andy Davis and sponsored by New England Dancing Masters.