Staff Bios CDW 2019

Susan Kevra
(Caller, French Band, Squares)
Susan Kevra is a dance caller, musician and singer who makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee. She travels across the country and occasionally, around the globe to teach contra, square dances, English Country dancing and French dancing. She is an accomplished clarinetist and a member of the band, Old World Charm School, who perform French café music and English Country dance tunes. Inspired by tunes by her bandmate, Rachel Bell, she has choreographed a dozen English dances and counting, including “Trip to Provence” and “Moonflower” which are making their way onto dance floors and ball programs around the country. She is also a professor of French and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches a class, “American Social History through Dance.” 

Chrissy Davis-Camp
(Caller, English Country Dance, Community Callers Workshop)

Chrissy Davis-Camp has been dancing nearly all her life. Growing up in rural East Tennessee, she started with intergenerational, community monthly music and dance. While attending Berea College, Chrissy was a Country Dancer for 3 years. Shortly after moving to Nashville in 1984, she started her calling career. Now she lives in Bell Buckle, TN with husband, Pat, and her youngest daughter Anna Claire. She calls over 120 dances a year, including her weekly dance in Flat Creek, TN. Come dance with us!


Deb Shebish

(Musician, Dance Band)

Deb is a dynamic fiddler and educator originally from Whiting, Indiana.  She fell in love with old-time, Irish, and bluegrass fiddling in Bloomington, Indiana in 1998 and was greatly influenced by the musicians there.  In 2000, Deb met Joe Dawson, (1928-2012), an old-time fiddler from south-central Indiana who grew up deeply immersed in the traditional music of the area.  She loves to share his unique style and repertoire that she learned from his weekly living room jams.  

Deb has performed at dances, festivals, and concerts throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe at venues such as the The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, the United States Air Force Academy, the Waterford Tall Ships Festival in Ireland, and the Leith Folk Club in Scotland.  Deb lives in Philadelphia, PA where she performs and teaches students of all ages.

Jim Morrison

(Border Morris, Musician)

Jim was born and raised in California, and as a teenager immersed himself in the Berkeley Folk Festivals and the emerging folk music scene. His sophomore year at Dartmouth College he heard of a special off campus program in North Carolina. The Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, where he lived and worked for the second half of 1968, had a longstanding program of English, Danish and American dances. When he attended the Berea Christmas Country Dance School that year he wanted life to be like that all the time. Not long after graduating Jim went to work for May Gadd and the Country Dance and Song Society in New York City. He received three grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the early history of American social dance, and before leaving New York served as director of CDSS. He was also involved in the founding of morris and sword teams and historic dance performing groups, and  toured with Agnes deMille as part of her troupe. For several years he continued to get away with dance leadership, history, and collecting as his main employment, and played in a number of bands, some traditional, some country. Jim now has a band with his sons misleadingly called the Morrison Brothers Band, and dances and plays with the Albemarle Morris Men.

Emily Miller

(Musician, Harmony Singing, Old Time Fiddle/Strings)

The first song Emily remembers learning was the Louvin Brothers' hit "When I Stop Dreaming," around age 8, which she sang as a duet with her older brother, Ethan. That should tell you something about her musical upbringing. Old-time country music reigned supreme in the Miller house, no matter where that house was situated (she has called Kansas, Hong Kong, Toronto, Chicago, Providence, New York, Nashville, Vermont and West Virginia home). After performing with many different groups in her teenage years (most notably Northern Harmony, with whom she toured all over the US and Europe), Emily formed the honky-tonk country band The Sweetback Sisters in 2006 with fellow singer Zara Bode. They have recorded four full-length records and have performed their renegade retro style of country music in barrooms and concert halls around the world. Emily has appeared several times on national radio programs, including A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. Emily also performs old-time music as a duo with her husband, Jesse Milnes. They recorded their first duo record together in January 2015 and have toured across the US and Australia. On the home front, Emily musical director for the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble's string band in Elkins, WV, which recruits talented instrumentalists and dancers from around the country for a high-level student performance ensemble. She and Jesse make their home in Valley Bend, WV.

Rachel Bell

(Musician, French Band, Tune Writing) 

Rachel is an accordion player, tunesmith, and a music teacher from the wilds of Pennsylvania. She is in demand throughout the US and beyond for concerts, contra dances, English country dances, French dances, and workshops. Over a decade of musical travel has landed her smack-dab in the middle of some of her most exciting projects ever. A vibrant and versatile collaboration with Karen Axelrod, exquisite violin and viola sounds from Eric Martin, a rich and energetic contra dance band called Seaglass, and a slew of French-focused music and dance adventures with Susan Kevra are just the tip of the iceberg. A recent addition has been a joyful musical partnership with Becky Tracy, and other combinations often round out the mix. 

In addition to a busy performance schedule, Rachel also offers creative, hands-on music classes for children from birth through the teenag

e years. 

Sam Bartlett

(Musician, Parade Art)

Sam is a traditional musician known throughout the United States for his mandolin, banjo, and guitar playing as well as his original music. His compositions have been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered and his playing has been featured on the Thistle & Shamrock, and in two Ken Burns documentaries, Prohibitionand The Dust Bowl.

Sam has recorded with a virtual who’s who of traditional musicians, among them: Garry Harrison, Paul Brown, Eden MacAdam-Somer,  Rafe Stefanini, Pete Sutherland, Dirk Powell, Rodney Miller, David Greely, and Rick Good.

Sam is also a master entertainer, and author of The Best of Stuntology (Workman, 2008) which is sold internationally and translated into Finnish and German. As an artist, Sam has for the past 20 years played a role in the resurgent interest in the 19th century entertainment form, the moving panorama, or “crankie show.”

Abby Ladin
(Musician, Gathering, Mummers- Rhythm and Song)
Abby Ladin is a product of the 1970’s folk music revival: clogging by age 6, performing with her sister Evie at 10, and touring nationally at 18 with the dance and music company, Rhythm In Shoes. For over 30 years Abby has collaborated with choreographers, composers, dancers, musicians (and aerialists!) on multimodal performance projects. She plays stand-up bass and sings harmony vocals in the Hogwire Stringband with master fiddler, Brad Leftwich. Abby and her husband, Sam Bartlett, also recorded with the late Garry Harrison on the now legendary album Red Prairie Dawn (2000).

Marliss Kehaulani Brockington
(Revelers Maori Sticks, Polynesian Dance, Teen Class)
is so excited to bring the Aloha Spirit to Cumberland this year! Because of her father’s native Hawaiian heritage, Marliss began dancing and performing Polynesian Dance over 20 years ago in her native city of San Diego, CA. Since then she has been privileged to learn all forms of Polynesian culture, language and dance from the islands of Hawai’i, New Zealand, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga. She has performed with groups in Southern California, Northern Virginia, at the world renown Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii, at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and at the Makahiki Lu’au at SeaWorld Orlando. Marliss currently performs with Tuika’s Polynesian Magic in Fort Myers, Florida and Pittsburg, PA. Six years ago she founded and continues to teach the Napua Polynesian Performers, a group of 30 children with whom she infuses a love of Polynesian Dance and a desire to share the Aloha Spirit with the community. Marliss, who possesses a BS in Elementary Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, resides with her family in Fort Myers, FL and teaches first grade and piano.


Jonathan Whitall
(Musician, Dance Band)
Jonathan is an avid dance fiddler, pianist, and melodeon player coming to us from Chicago. Drawing from a variety of British Isle-based traditions, he regularly performs for contras, squares, Irish sets, and English country dances. He is also a dancer and musician for both Pullman Morris and Sword and Fox Valley Morris. Being a dancer himself, he brings intricate, energetic and tasteful music to his performances. His current musical endeavors include the Cosmic Otters (founding member), Chicago Reel, and I Am Ireland (a nationally touring show featuring the personality of Paddy Homan).


DeLaura Padovan
(Mummer's-Midsummer Mummers Play, 
Childgrove-Musical Movement and Play, Childgrove Craft)
DeLaura Padovan has nurtured a generation of children musically at camps throughout the United States. "Sing, dance, and play!" is her personal credo for work with children of all ages and she aspires to her own motto daily. She is a local foods and sustainability activist, modern pioneer, home-school mom, and aspiring nurse. She is very excited to be part of Cumberland Dance Week for the very first time.

Eric Schedler
Eric Schedler plays accordion, piano and banjo for contra, square and English country dancing with Midwest-based bands the Cosmic Otters and Supertrad. With his playing firmly rooted in traditional Irish music, Eric has performed and taught at camps and festivals around the country, and currently serves as program director of the all-ages Cumberland Dance Week, a project of the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, of which Eric is also a member of the board of directors. Eric lives in Bloomington, IN with his wife, Katie Zukof, where they run a family dance series, raise their two daughters and operate a brick-oven bakery.

Meg Dedolph
(Musician, Revelers-Music and Movement)
Meg Dedolph plays guitar and drums for the Cosmic Otters and is a dance caller in the Chicago area. She also teaches parent-child music classes for the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Wiggleworms program.

Seth Tepfer
(Dance & Games)

Seth Tepfer is "Atlanta's Dance Magician," calling dances for adults and children like you've never seen before. Known for his infectious energy, his short walk-thru's, and his 'hash-contras', Seth's warm enthusiasm is contagious, and gets everyone moving, smiling, and having a great time. Whether squares, contras, or other folk dances, you can be certain that all involved - novices and experienced dancers alike - will amble away happy and eager to dance more!


Kappy Laning
(Revelers Garland)
In 1985 Kappy became a member of the first garland team in the USA, Court Square Dancers.  She enjoyed her time with the team for 11 years as dancer, teacher and musician. She has taught  garland as well as several other English ritual dances (rapper, longsword, border morris) at many camps and schools for children and adults over the years.  Kappy has been on staff at Lloyd Shaw sponsored Cumberland and Terpsichore camps for many years and looks forward to returning to Cumberland again this year.


Katie Zukof 
(Reveler Crafts)
Katie is a dancer, caller, bakery owner and mother of two young girls.  She has led engaging children's classes at Pinewoods Family Week, Terpsichore's Dance Holiday and Cumberland Dance Week and also serves as the registrar for Cumberland.  She runs a family dance series in Bloomington, IN with her husband, Eric Schedler.

Elisabeth Epstein
(Songs for all)
Elisabeth has spent two decades collecting, singing, and sharing songs -- especially rounds. She has been very lucky to gather songs in a variety of contexts including dance camps in New England, sacred spaces in California, folk dances in northern Germany, and other stops along the way. When she isn't singing she loves to play her flute for English, Contra &  Folk dances. During the school year, Elisabeth teaches biodiversity and other biological topics at George Mason University in Northern Virginia. 

Marney Morrison

(Writing Stories)

In my relatively short (13 year) career as a teacher I took 5 graduate courses on the Teaching of Writing and eventually taught both Reading and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) as an active member of the National Writing Project. I love the process of working on a piece of writing through a workshop format. However, nothing, nothing, nothing taught me more about fishing through memory to gather ideas for writing then storytelling classes with story tellers Donald Davis and Jim Pfitzer.

In 1974 The Country Dance and Song Society considered, brainstormed, and then planned for it’s first Family Week the following year. I was so lucky to be in the room where it happened, and to be at that first week and many more, as staff, program director, or camper.  Jim and I had the pleasure of revising family week for Buffalo Gap in 1990. In 2016 we had the honor of being invited to Cumberland Family Week. This will be my first year teaching a class at CFW.

Laurie White
(Revelers Craft) 
Laurie has been teaching since middle school - music, crafts, Sunday school, nature, outdoor adventure. Currently, Laurie is working for an organic vegetable farm while homeschooling her children and caring for all the critters at her own homestead farm in Berea, Kentucky. Laurie is an active member of the Berea folk music and dance community and the Red Cedar Learning Cooperative. This is Laurie's third year as a cub scout leader. Laurie also teaches at River City Players Theatre Camp and helps to facilitate Christmas Country Dance School. 

Wade Bartlett
Wade began playing the violin when he was 5. He has most recently been on staff at Pinewoods Family Camp. He is also a long time rapper sword dancer and tae kwon do aficionado.. 

Tom Cunningham
Tom Cunningham has been playing music for 50 years, and most of all loves playing contra dances with his bands, Hot Coffee Breakdown and Wizard Walk. He played contra dances from coast to coast with the Coffee Zombies, and has a one-man show, Fiddle Tales, which incorporates fiddle playing and storytelling. He has taught fiddle, mandolin, and guitar at the Louisville Folk Music School, Calliope Folk Music Society, Augusta Heritage Center, and Cumberland Dance Week. He recently traveled to Denmark to play for a group of dancers from Berea, KY. He also does sound gigs for dances. 

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