AZ We Dance presents 

Ghost Town Chill Down

July 17-19, 2009

Spook Hall, Jerome AZ

Join us for a weekend of dance...

with workshops and evening dance parties featuring mostly contras, but also squares, couples dancing and a sampling of English Country Dance.  Starting at 7:30 Friday night and going until Sunday at 4:00, the 

Ghost Town Chill Down promises a wicked good time for all!



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Our Talent

The Rhythm Rollers


Laila Lewis

Peg Hesley

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                                                     THE RHYTHM ROLLERS

The Rhythm Rollers play old-time New England Contra Dance Music. They originally formed on the wave of shared enthusiasm for this music, particularly the piano playing of Bob McQuillen, the tunes he's written, his relentless encouragement, and many jokes. 

Laurie Andres began with classical piano and started playing for dances in his hometown of Baltimore. He met Cathie in 1980 and they began playing for dances and camps all over the US.

Bob McQuillen of Peterborough, NH is one of the most beloved New England contra dance musicians. "Mac" has played to the delight of countless dancers continuously for 60 years since his start in 1947 with the "Ralph Page Orchestra." He has inspired many other musicians both young and old, and has composed over 1000 fiddle tunes. In 1997 Bob received the New Hampshire Folk Heritage Award, and in 2002 he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship.

The Rhythm Rollers also play for English country dancing, which Laurie calls, waltz nights and workshops. 


Bob Isaacs was introduced to country dancing in 1994 and was immediately attracted to its social and physical benefits.  He started calling in 1999, and from his home base in New Brunswick, NJ has since been active calling regularly around the Northeast and at weekends and camps across the country.  He is known for clear, enthusiastic teaching, and the ability to adapt the teaching and dance selections to audiences of all levels. 

Bob is also one of the most prolific and respected choreographers writing contras and squares today.  Some of his more well-known dances include The Cure for the Claps, Turning in Turn, United We Dance, Don’t Be Scared of Your Shadow, and You're Among Friends.  He is one of the few writers to explore contra/square hybrids such as grid squares and zias, which continue to fascinate experienced dancers.  He is also committed to continuing the calling tradition, and in addition to one-on-one mentoring, regularly runs workshops for new callers on calling and choreography.




                                                                                                                                            UPDRAFT is Mike Reddig (mandolin), Mary Anne McLeod (fiddle), Judy Francis (piano) with Bryan Flamig (percussion)


Laila Lewis' calling invigorates dances across the Southwest with a love of the music and a sense of play, honed by years of dancing from coast to coast. 


   Known for her elegant programming as well as her clear and eloquent teaching style, Peg Hesley is a favorite caller among experienced and new dancers alike. She calls throughout the Southwestern and Mid-Atlantic states.