Susan Kevra

Susan Kevra burst onto the contra dance scene in the early 1990s in New England and honed her craft at her monthly dance series in Greenfield, MA for ten years. She now makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee, where she calls and organizes English, contra and square dances. She also travels to call at dance camps across the country and occasionally, around the globe. She spent 2000 - 2001 in France and traveling throughout Western Europe teaching Anglo and American dancing – and learning French dances. She is also a professor of French and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches a class, "American Social History through Dance."

Susan is noted for her warmth, clear teaching and lovely voice. Dancers on both sides of the Atlantic appreciate her diverse repertoire of singing squares, Western patter calls, contras and English Country dances. She has choreographed a number of well loved contra and square dances, including "Trip to Phan Reel" and "The Hume Fogg Reel."

Susan is an accomplished clarinetist who plays for dancing in a variety of bands, including Old World Charm School with Karen Axelrod and Rachel Bell.

Her calling and singing can be heard on the critically acclaimed CD, "Full Swing" featuring some of New England's finest contra dance musicians. The CD contains a lengthy and entertaining booklet Susan wrote tracing the roots of New England contra dancing and a guide for new callers.

Old World Charm School
– Old World Charm School –
Rachel Bell, Susan Kevra and Karen Axelrod

Sample venues where Susan has called / played:

  • Ashokan Fiddle and Dance, Ashokan, NY
  • Augusta Heritage Festival Dance Week, Elkins, WV
  • Berea Christmas School, Berea, KY
  • Dance Flurry, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Dansekonventet, Silkeborg, Denmark
  • Eastbourne International Folk Dance Festival, Eastbourne, England
  • Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Port Townsend, Washington
  • FolkMADness Music & Dance Camp, New Mexico
  • Furthest Dance Camp North, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Gender Free Dance Camp, Becket, MA
  • Grand Bal de l'Europe, Gennetines, France
  • John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
  • Lady of the Lake Music & Dance Week, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival), Black Mountain, NC
  • Le Carrefour mondial de l'accordeon Montmagny, Quebec
  • Pinewoods CDSS Camps, Plymouth, MA
  • Ralph Page Legacy Weekend, Durham, NH
  • Rencontres Internationales de Luthiers et Maîtres Sonneurs de Saint Chartier (Indre, France)
  • Sierra Swing, Mendocino, CA
  • Wash the Winter Away Dance Weekend, Osted, Denmark