Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elixir is Anna Patton on clarinet and vocals, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on Fiddle, Jesse Readlynn on trumpet and fluglehorn and Owen Morrison on guitar & foot percussion, with Brian Bender on Trombone.

Each FROLIC features 9 hours of dancing to music and calling from nationally recognized talent. You'll dance with other dancers from around Arizona and the Southwest to great music, delightful calling in a wonderful hall with lots of room to move.

Wendy Graham is known for her effervescent personality and devotion to sharing her passion for dance. She leads dances, dance weekends and dance weeks throughout the U.S. and abroad, including England and Denmark. She has been involved with music, song and dance for over 24 years. Wendy also teaches social dances, including Latin, swing, blues, country western, two-step and waltz.

After more than 16 years as a touring band, Great Bear continues to push the boundaries and explore new sounds for modern contra dance music.  Multi-instrumentalist brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand are ably accompanied by their mother Kim Yerton on piano.  Their driving rhythm, epic dynamics and uniquely rocking style have given them a loyal following of all ages. They are joined by Chris Miller on Saxophone for the Frolic, as part of their big 2017 Magic Fantasy Dream Dance tour! Join us as the Great Bear bring you the ultimate contra dance experience.

Sarah VanNorstrand has been calling and organizing contra, square, and family/community dances for eight years. She has a clear and engaging teaching style and a great repertoire of dances to share. Sarah’s love of dance and her joy in sharing it with all who will participate is evident and infectious. She has traveled far afield to call for dances and dance weekends across the country. Above all, her goal as a caller is to make sure the dancers are having as much fun as she is! Her love of dancing, community and music is evident in her enthusiasm.

Sarah VanNorstrand

Elixir

Spring Frolic, Mar 10-11, 2017

 Great Bear

Wendy Graham

Winter Frolic,  Jan 13-14, 2017