• Anne Bingham Goess

    programmer, fiddle

    Anne Bingham Goess

    Anne Bingham Goess enjoys wearing many hats (and wreaths!). Trained as a classical violinist, she immersed herself in choral singing and light opera for many years, and then fell in love with Irish fiddle in the 90s. These days she plays regularly for Irish, English Country and Contra dancing in the Bay Area, and wields the violin and viola with the band Erica & Friends. She has also performed since 2010 with the Christmas/Midwinter Revels, and served as music director for the 2022 Butterfly Lovers of Gold Mountain production. Last summer she reprised her role of Manuelita (after 30 years) in Carmen with Festival Opera (and has scars on the knees to show for it!)

  • Andy Wilson

    stilting, family dance

    Andy Wilson

    Andy Wilson has spent many years supporting family dance in the Santa Cruz area. At Family Week, he is patient and competent and will help you guide your child on those first very tall steps. He excels in making other people better—he’s often run our family camp sound board. Soon your child will be proudly walking tall!

  • Courtney Tolhurst


    Courtney Tolhurst

    Courtney Tolhurst works in a Waldorf School in Jamestown, California. She was recently accepted into Cal Poly Humboldt as an Upper-Division Transfer student to obtain a Multi Subject Teaching Credential. She adores working with kids of all ages, and is particularly crafty. She loves to dance, sing, and spend as much time as possible in nature! 2024 will be her third year attending camp and she couldn’t be more excited!

  • Craig Johnson

    piano, accordion

    Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson has been to almost every Family Week, and has also played piano and accordion for dancers since 1982. He plays for community and Celtic dance at SF’s Dickens Fair, performs with the Dogwatch Nautical Band, and is a regular musician for San Francisco’s Cotswold and longsword teams, Goat Hill and Ring of Cold Steel.

  • David James

    mandolin, fiddle, guitar

    David James

    David James has spent time in western swing bands, symphony orchestras, pop/rock bands, and ECD/contra dance bands. He’s the musician for Wild Wood Morris (Border) and Rising Phoenix Morris (Cotswold), and a member of the ECD/contra dance band Whirled Peas. David has spent the last 20+ years as a kindergarten through 6th grade classroom music teacher in southern California public schools.

  • Jeff Spero


    Jeff Spero

    Jeffrey Spero has been playing piano and singing since he was five years old. At a young age he discovered an affinity for popular music and developed his style emulating musicians like James Taylor, Elton John, and Bruce Hornsby. In his 30s, he brought his rhythmic style to American and Celtic folk and dance music and now travels around the country playing dances, concerts, and festivals with bands such as Syncopaths and Rhythm Raptors. In addition to editing and music, Jeffrey is a contradance caller and choreographer whose dances have been enjoyed all across this country and overseas.

  • Lorraine Kostka


    Lorraine Kostka

    Lorraine Kostka has been leading crafts with children for many years at summer camps and public schools.  Her four kids have grown up attending family camp each year and as teens they still enjoy camp.  Lorraine will share her experience and love of tie dye and other crafts to allow campers a place to create.

  • M’Gilvry Allen

    fiddle, electronic music

    M’Gilvry Allen

    M’Gilvry Allen is a musician and producer from Sebastopol, California. He tours as a fiddle player and utility hitter in several indie projects, while his solo music blends folk instruments, modern electronic production, and multilayered vocal harmonies into a kaleidoscope of familiar sounds. In 2019, M’Gilvry and some friends built an earth plaster music studio in a remote part of Oregon, where he produced his debut album, In My Garden. M’Gilvry’s work can be found at his website, mgilvryallen.com, on patreon at patreon.com/mgilvryallen, and on all major platforms as @mgilvryallen.

  • Nick Cuccia

    sound engineer

    Nick Cuccia

    Nick Cuccia has been bringing his sound expertise to Family Week since 2015. Nick strives to enhance the dancing experience by providing sound that is both clear and enjoyable. Nick has been sound engineer for BACDS’s Family Week, English Week, Fall Frolick/Fall Weekend, Playford Ball, and Fall Ball, as well as NBCDS’s Mad Robin Ball. Nick also leads and teaches contra, English and barn dances throughout northern and central California.

  • Rhonda Cayford

    rapper sword dance

    Rhonda Cayford

    Rhonda Cayford has been an avid contradancer for over 40 years, starting in Boston in 1978 and having the good fortune to move to San Francisco in 1980, just as the dance scene was taking off here. She discovered rapper at BACDS English Week in 1986 and it has been her passion ever since. She is the founder of a womens’ rapper team called Twisted Sisters, and was a long-time member of Swords of Gridlock. She has taught Rapper, Longsword, Cotswold, and Northwest Morris at camp. In 2022 and 2023, she held the role of camp programmer.

  • sTåń Fowler

    safety, ropes course

    sTåń Fowler

    sTåń Fowler “Dance Ranger” is our camp safety officer and also supervises the ropes course. He’s a strong advocate of prevention, and a hitch in the US Coast Guard plus thirty years with the National Park Service has given him practice dealing with everything from bandaid-sized boo-boos to lifesaving emergencies. Having been on the staff of over 150 music, dance, and family weeks and weekends, and also attended somewhere north of 6,000 dances, he is not surprised anymore by anything that happens at camp. The ropes course fits in well with his history of tree, rock, and ice climbing over the years and running the rigging of the Pride of Baltimore II. Ropes and knots are his friends.

  • Erik Hoffman

    calling, contra, fiddle

    Erik Hoffman

    Erik Hoffman started calling in 1984, became the house caller in San Luis Obispo and a core caller in Santa Barbara in 1986. He has called from coast to coast, as well as in England, Denmark, France, and Italy. He is known for his teaching skills, contra and square dance choreographies, and musical compositions. Erik makes his living by teaching violin, guitar, mandolin, and more, as well as calling the public and private dance events.

  • Kalia Kliban

    English, mischief

    Kalia Kliban

    Kalia Kliban (CA) has been part of the Bay Area dance community since the mid-80s, performing and teaching morris, longsword, American clog, English clog, contra, and English country dance. Among her other useful talents are the making of excellent pipe-cleaner sculptures and the juggling of a wide variety of supermarket produce. Her clear and humorous teaching style has gotten feet tapping at camps and gatherings in California and beyond, and she’s been part of the Family Week community since 1996.

  • Kelsey Hartman

    contra, family dance

    Kelsey Hartman

    Kelsey Hartman has been calling contra and family dance since her debut at the San Francisco contra in 2013. She can be found calling dances all around the Bay Area and beyond. She is also a member of Twisted Sisters Rapper Sword Team. To her, the world of folk music and dance seems like home! She holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Theater and spends her year teaching middle schoolers medieval world history and English. For the last two years her summer break has taken her to the East Coast to tour as a caller.

  • Sharon Green


    Sharon Green

    Sharon Green has been calling and choreographing English country dances since 1993. Since the pandemic, her current major dance activity has been co-leading (with Kalia Kliban) the Oddly Even Sundays English dance on Zoom, as well as calling for BACDS’s virtual Fall Frolick, Hey Days, and Family Week. She is a regular attendee and occasional staff member of in-person Family Week with grandson Santi.

  • Angela Lloyd


    Angela Lloyd

    One of the unique performers on the national storytelling circuit today, Angela Lloyd was featured at the 25th (1997) and 31st (2003) National Storytelling Festival, in Jonesborough, Tennessee and regularly appears at regional festivals and theatres across the country. A virtuosa on Washboard, Angela’s performances are a whimsical braid of poetry, story and song played on Autoharp, Tenor Guitar, Spoon and Bell. The stories are selected from a variety of sources including traditional world folktales, the oral tradition, original works based on personal experience and the best in children’s literature, i.e. (Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, the poetry of A. A. Milne, Naomi Shihab Nye). The songs are drawn from her childhood, contemporary singer/songwriters, folk songs, along with her original musical compositions based on the poetry of e.e. cummings, A. A. Milne, and Pablo Neruda.

  • Ann Kwinn


    Ann Kwinn

    Ann Kwinn joined the staff in 2022 after many years as a camper.  She first came in 2015 when her daughter was only 3 years old.  Ann was a member of the Westchester Lariats folk dance troupe growing up and later became the artistic director. She has taught hip hop for the Young Olympians, ballroom for Arthur Murray Dance Studio and clogging for the City of Duarte. Ann choreographed for the Kentwood Players, the Ventura Improv Company and the Azusa Renaissance Theater. Ann performs with the Cripple Creek Cloggers.

  • David Newitt


    David Newitt

    David Newitt arrived at Swarthmore College in 1976 and was shocked and dismayed to discover a two year physical education requirement. Faced with the alternatives of football and “folk and square dancing” the choice was clear, and he has been dancing ever since. International folk dancing, English and Scottish Country Dancing, Morris and sword teams, contra dancing…all are wonderful community activities, and sharing them has been his passion for 40 years. David is greatly looking forward to a return to Family Camp after being absent for way too many years.
    Along with his fiddling wife Heather MacKay, David also loves playing music for English and Scottish dancing. They are founding members of The Humuhumunukunuku Apua’a and Strathspey Society Band – the world’s finest Hawaiian-themed Scottish and English Country Dance band.
    When not dancing David studies pictures of people’s insides, doing research on MRI, specializing in body parts that start with “b”.

  • Susan Michaels


    Susan Michaels

    Susan Michaels is a teacher and a caller of traditional American dancing, especially contra dancing and square dancing. Susan has called and taught dances for 25 years at local evenings, dance weekends, and week-long adult and family camps throughout the U.S. and Canada. Her “calling” in life, she believes, is to teach people how to hold hands in a circle and have fun!

  • Susan Worland


    Susan Worland

    Susan Worland is looking forward to her fifth time in 2022 at the delightful BACDS summer camp. She will be coaching fiddling for kids of all ages, giving beginning lessons to anyone considering starting to play the violin, playing for the Scottish dance class, and just generally enjoying the company of other dancers and musicians. In her “real” life Susan teaches violin at Starland Music in Alameda and is one third of the Scottish dance group Red Thistle Music, along with her husband Michael Bentley (bodhran) and pianist Lyle Ramshaw. A versatile musician, she also plays in the Santa Cruz Symphony and the Bulgarian band Meraklii.