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Susan Kevra

Susan Kevra calls Nashville, Tennessee home, and teaches dance and plays music there and across the US and occasionally in Europe. She began calling in 1991, and burst on the national scene within a year, appearing at major festivals and dance camps all over the US. She went on to run two dances – a contra dance in Greenfield, MA and an English dance in Amherst, MA for more than a decade. Before moving to Nashville, she spent 2000 - 2001 in France and traveling throughout Western Europe teaching contras, squares and English Country Dancing – and learning French dances.

Susan is noted for her clear teaching, sense of humor, wit and respect for the traditions she shares. 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 and is the author of "Trip to Phan Reel" and "The Country of Marriage."

A fine clarinetist, Susan plays regularly for English Country dances. Her velvety voice 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 she wrote tracing the roots of New England contra dancing and a guide for new callers.

Susan teaches French and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, including a course, "American Social History through Dance."

Photo Credit: Kim Sherman, 2014

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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 Ma”tres Sonneurs de Saint Chartier (Indre, France)
Sierra Swing, Mendocino, CA
Wash the Winter Away Dance Weekend, Osted, Denmark



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