Dancing dominates a good part of my life and I have been dancing and teaching dance for
almost 30 years. My current favorites include cajun, zydeco, clogging, contra and Sword Dancing, but
I still love English, Scandinavian, tap, Morris, and Swing. I perform with a number of dance groups including
Cutting Edge (English Sword team in Washington DC) and
the now defunct PedAntics. This is a foot percussion group located in the DC
metropolitan area. Until I moved to DC I danced with a group called the
Wild Goose Chase Cloggers (an
Appalachian clogging group). On the traditional side I have and still intermitantly do dance with the Minnesota Traditional Morris Dancers (English Cotswold Morris), and
several sword teams that I have directed including Vorpal Sword,
an English rapper sword team, and Asworded Nuts, an English
longsword group. In the past I have been a part of Hungarian, International, and English
performing groups as well.
I also teach and call contra dances, and hopefully I will get some of the dances I have written
up on this site soon. Some of
the dances I have composed have been published in a set of three books called (collectively)
Here are some links and pages that you might find interesting:
Some of the Twin Cities' Contra Dance BandsContratopia is one of the newest bands in the area. It features Eric Sessions on fiddle, John Goodin on Mandolin and Guitar, Pat O'Loughlin on banjo and concertina, and Patrice Pakiz on keyboard, oboe and percussion.
Contratopia now have three CDs!! For information on these contact
John Goodin. John can also be contacted for booking
information for the band. Here are
some cuts from a local recording at a gig in Iowa. The first is a collection of original
reels composed by John Goodin. The second is a slower tune written by Eric Sessions.
The cuts are a few minutes long each.
We will be touring again in November 2009. Check out their web site for the latest details.
Twin Cities Dance Pages
Other Dance pages
I have also written a few contra dances. Many of these are published in three books that I co-wrote with Peter Stix and Carol Ormand. Since these are hard to find, I have decided to start putting a few of my dances up on the web. Since this takes time, I wouldn't expect too many of these dances to appear anytime soon. Nevertheless, it does give me a reason to keep writing them, becuase then at least the web will know about them. If you like them, give me a shout sometime. Happy dancing!