Erik Weberg's Publicity Information
Greetings. Here is
some biographical information about my role in the contra dance and
English dance world and the musical scene which accompanies the
dancing. Use this for promotional material however you see
Please write to me at <erikcalls at kluberg dot com> (anti-spam
notation; fill in @ and . where appropriate).
I've written some dances which I find work well. Click HERE if you want to see those.
Click HERE for a menu of workshop topics I'm
prepared to lead at dance camps.
I danced my first contra dance in Moscow Idaho in the Fall of
1986. Several excursions to the dance hall were necessary for me
to find the courage to actually dance, but once I, tried it caught hold
quickly and I became a regular dancer. Christian Petrich
encouraged me to try calling for the first time in 1990 and soon after
that I started regularly attending the first Wednesday open mic in
Spokane Washington. I called dances around Eastern Washington and
Northern Idaho for a few years before moving west of the Cascades in
1993. I was soon asked to call dances in Portland and up the
Willamette Valley. Since then I've been calling dances, festivals
and weekends around the country from Seattle to Boston,
from Fairbanks to Tuscon and most places between. I am able to
enjoy this craft because of the good folks who encouraged and taught me
to call dances years ago, the booking agents and local dance
committees who have given me wonderful opportunities to practice in
communities, and the thousands of dancers and musicians who forgive me
my mistakes and make it all worthwhile. If you're reading this
you're probably one of them; so, thank you!
and lead contra dances and English Country
dances of all varieties. I enjoy introducing
contra dancers to the beautiful, flowing figures of English dances by
weaving them into contra dances. The distinction between contras
and ECD becomes blurred at times.
With regard to
contra dance programming, I choose
based on simple criteria. The dances have to feel good and they
have to be fun. Although I enjoy complex figures, complexity does
not necessarily translate into dancing pleasure. Flow,
interesting figures, and connection with the music are what make
dancing sublime. Whether it's smooth like butter or driving like
a freight train, it's got to make sense and feel good. Those are
the dances I choose to call. I strive to teach efficiently and
clearly with a playful approach and and a good sense of community
also involved with the musical end of the
dance world. I play a silver "concert" flute, an Alto flute
matches the range of a fiddle in standard tuning), harmonicas,
(yes, plural) Scottish small pipes and I have other musical aspirations
on the horizon.
The first dances I played for (and continue to play for) are English
dances in Portland. My musical energy is mostly committed nowdays
to playing in the Portland contra dance band "Joyride" (Sue Songer,
George Penk, Jeff
Kerssen-Griep and myself). As a dance organizer I work with my
band to produce the Portland first Wednesday Joyride contra dance and I
work with Sue Songer in producing the annual Portland Megaband
In a few sentences, my life outside of dancing and music has been
painted many colors. I've been a structural geologist, a high
school math and physics teacher, a carpenter, an
architectural/mechanical drafter, and currently an industrial engineer
and dance caller and
musician. A common thread is the enjoyment I get from visualizing
in three dimensions and observing and creating patterns. My wife
Caroline and I live in Portland, Oregon in an old house with Odin
the Husky dog and a big vegetable garden
out on the back half acre. We finally replaced the falling-down
barn with a new barn,
though we still have moles and bindweed. It's a fine
with great neighbors.
Since I'm not that good at writing about myself, I asked my friend Sue
Songer to write a paragraph about my calling. You can get to that
by clicking here.
Use what Sue wrote to augment publicity in whatever way works best for
If you need more or different information for publicity purposes,
please write and let me know. I can send references and a list of
communities, dance camps and festivals where I've performed.
Thank you for visiting. I hope to see you on the dance floor
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as an e-mail attachment, just e-mail me at <erikcalls at kluberg dot
com> (anti-spam notation; fill in @ and . where appropriate).