Hilton Baxter - dance caller

I started calling contradances in 1999, and English country dance in 2012. I have called for all ages and experience levels, for crowds of over 250 people, for as few as 6 dancers, and for everything in between. People complement me on my clear instructions and calm, gentle style, and a light sense of fun.

Over the years I have worked with some wonderful musicians:

Perpetual eMotion Moving Violations
Great Bear Trio Pete's Posse
Chimney SwiftBlack Oranges
Jaige Trudel & Adam Broome (of Crowfoot)George Wilson & Selma Kaplan
Rachel Bell, Jane Knoeck, Steve Hickman, Elke Baker
Donna Hebert and others!

Some places I have called:
Glen Echo, MD (Washington, DC) Baltimore, MD
The Scout House, Concord, MA Princeton, NJ
Charlottesville, VA Shepherdstown, WV
Gainesville, FL Philadelphia, PA
Madison, WI ContraDancersHoliday, Morgantown, WV
throughout upstate NY and Pennsylvania including Cornell, Binghamton University and Penn State

Recent and upcoming appearances:

January 20 Middletown, PA (English)
January 26 Harrisburg (PA) contradance
February 10 Lewisburg (PA) (contra)
February 28 Baltimore, MD (contra)
March 3 Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY (English)
April 7 Shepherdstown, WV (contra)
April 14 Binghamton, NY (contra)
April 15 Owego, NY (contra)

Since the fall of 2016, I have taught a class at Penn State (Harrisburg campus) focused on contradance, square dance, English country dance and related traditions. An article about the class is in CDSS News.

Workshops and themed programs available:
  Introduction to contra - a few words, a lot of dancing
  Introduction to English - basic figures made easy
  High Noon Contras - Wagon wheels, cows, hay, tumbleweeds. . .
  Nourishing Contras - Al’s Safeway Produce, Duck Soup and more

As a dance organizer, I founded Contradance in Binghamton! in 1997, based in Binghamton, NY. The organization has come to include English Country Dance and Scottish country dancing as well, and is now officially known as Binghamton Community Dance.

For more information and booking, please email me (change to @ and . before sending)

Last updated April 6, 2018