If you're looking for a square dance caller in Boston or anywhere in New England, check us out. We specialize in non-dancers! Your guests will start moving to music in 60 seconds, and in minutes they'll be having the time of their lives. Every event is customized to your group's size, age, and ability. We use the best in live or recorded music and professional sound.
Square dancing brings people together. It's ideal for a school, church, or temple party; a birthday, anniversary, or wedding rehearsal dinner; a barbecue, clambake, hayride, or company picnic; a get-acquainted night at a convention; or any kind of fundraiser. Call or e-mail us, and make your next party unforgettable!
Beth Parkes was our caller, and the Dead Sea Squirrels came as her band. We held a traditional hoedown in a barn. Beth & the band were cooperative and helpful, making the best use of the space we had & its limitations (uneven floors & chickens walking around!). We celebrated a 60th birthday with a group not known for dancing, but EVERYONE participated and had an amazing time. Three weeks later they are still talking about it! Beth was great with us, an all-beginner crowd. The band was incredibly talented and so enjoyable to listen/dance to. Do not hesitate to hire these guys, you will not be disappointed. Thank you so much, Tony & Beth, we loved it!
Price Range: $500-$2000; discounts for nonprofit organizations
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Tony or Beth will get your guests up in a big circle, put them at ease with a few words, and get them moving to lively, inspiring music -- in 60 seconds or less. Within minutes everyone will be smiling, laughing, and discovering new joy in their lives as they perform complete dances like the Virginia Reel -- dances that Americans have loved for centuries.
Above all, we make sure that your party is all about YOU! Every minute of every event is customized to the group's size, age range, couple or single status, and level of ability. Without singling anyone out or making them uncomfortable, we take your guests from a standing start to the heights of square dance success.
Tony and Beth Parkes have over 90 years of combined experience getting groups of all sizes and types to square dance easily and painlessly. Tony began his calling career in 1964, and Beth started calling while in college in the '70s. They both learned from, and were influenced by, many of the great callers of past generations, and their driving passion is to keep the tradition alive. They are well known as callers (and trainers of callers) for experienced dancers, but they get some of their deepest satisfaction from introducing people to the joys of music and dance for the first time.
Tony and Beth's client list includes Boston College, Harvard University, New England Conservatory, Apple Computer, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Museum of Science, Revels, Inc., and dozens of other colleges, corporations, and nonprofits -- as well as a multitude of families, schools, churches, temples, and Girl Scout troops.
Additional Booking Notes
All you need to provide is an open flat space (10-15 square feet per person recommended) -- and of course the people! We provide complete instruction tailored to your group, the best in live or recorded music, and a professional sound system with brand names like Bose, Electro-Voice, Pioneer, and Shure.
Past Booked Events
|December 07, 2018 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||Christmas Party|
|September 22, 2018 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Birthday Party|
|Tony Parkes||Folk/Square/Contra Dance Caller/Instructor|
|Beth Parkes||Folk/Square/Contra Dance Caller/Instructor|
One electrical outlet (3-prong grounded) with no power-hungry devices (coffeemakers, ovens, long strings of lights) on the same circuit. For live music, add a minimum 6 x 12 foot stage area and armless chairs for the musicians (typically three).
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