This is an archive of the 2014 Mad Robin Ball web site. To learn about the upcoming Mad Robin Ball, see our current ball page.


Give yourself up . . . to these wonderful teachers and musicians!

Our Dancing Master:

Brooke Friendly

Brooke Friendly (OR) is known for her warm yet commanding personality, her ability to convey directions concisely and clearly, her creativity, and her sense of humor and whimsy. She has a strong sense of what makes for a good community and she makes the learning experience fun and relaxing. A dancer for more than 30 years, Brooke co-leads a weekly English and Scottish dance, calls Contra and family dances, and has been on staff at camps, weekends, and workshops throughout North America. Also a dance choreographer, she and her husband Chris Sackett have published four dance books (Impropriety Vols. I-IV) and produced four CDs with the band Roguery. For more information about Brook's dance activities, see her web site.



This band, bringing together the best of Seattle and the Bay Area, has worked extensively with Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett to record CDs to accompany their four (so far) books of dances, Impropriety Volumes I-IV. They also perform frequently at balls and dance camps.

Dave Bartley and Anita Anderson play regularly for English country dances and contra dances in the band Bag 'O Tricks/Tricky Brits, based in Seattle. Dave Bartley plays guitar, mandolin, cittern, and other stringed instruments, and has written over 300 tunes for English dance, contra dance, and couple dancing. Anita Anderson on piano brings a large bag of tricks to her piano playing, with influences from doo-wop, baroque, ethnic, and vintage dance music.

Shira Kammen on violin has performed and taught early and traditional music in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, and Japan. She founded Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to providing music on river rafting trips on the Colorado, Rogue and Klamath Rivers. Jim Oakden specializes in playing for dancers in a varoius bands for ECD, contra, morris, Irish, Breton/French, Greek, and Bulgarian. He performs on an absurd number of instruments, including accordion, mandolin, several styles of bagpipes, recorders, whistle and zurna (to name but a few).  He has performed on many river rafting trips with Shira.



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