Dances are carefully taught by Cammy Kaynor. No prior experience is necessary.
Sit-in musicians are always welcome to play and improvise. (See more info here.)
Donations to support our events are voluntary and flexible.
For more information, please contact:
Campbell Kaynor, 28 Cargill St., Melrose, MA 02176, 781-665-3835
I have been involved with a nice monthly community dance in Magnolia just west of Gloucester on Cape Ann.
Scheduled dates are: October 21, November 18, January 20, February 17, March 17, April, 14, May 19, June 16, July 14 and August 18, with dancing from 8–10:30 PM.
From eight years to 80 plus, all dancers are welcome. Join us at an informal community dance and a great place to gain experience dancing and playing music in a friendly, low-key setting. Dance instruction by Cammy Kaynor. Sit-in musicians are welcome.
Magnolia Library Community Center
1 Lexington Avenue, Gloucester, MA
$10 donation requested
Join us in celebrating the season with music and dancing.
Monday, December 25, 7 PM
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church
70 West Emerson St., Melrose MA
Volunary donations ($6 suggested)
Come enjoy some wonderful classical music excerpts followed by dancing. This is an annual affair where the Kaynor family entertains you with classical music at 7 and then around 8 we lead dancing that spans 400 years of New England tradition from the Baroque Playford English dances to the modern day contras with squares and couples dances as well. The dances are easy and well-taught, and sit-in musicians can join the band.
Note: This event is led by Cammy Kaynor and his family, in collaboration with the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church in an effort to provide a joyful occasion for all ages on the cusp of the new year. Voluntary donations are welcome (including refreshments).
Baroque Recorder, Banjo, and Fiddle Player, Country and Contra Dance Caller, Instructor in ritual and folk dancing from New England, the British Isles and Sweden
G. Campbell Kaynor, has performed all over the United States and Sweden as both a soloist and leader of traditional country dance bands. He began his classical training with noted experts throughout New England, including Bernard Krainis of New York Pro Musica. For the past twenty-four years he has had an extensive performing career, having founded many dance series in the Pioneer Valley of western Mass. as well as the Boston area. Many of these dances acquired national acclaim, such as The Northfield Contradance (Northfield, MA), Monday Night Contradances at the Unitarian Church (Amherst, MA), and English Country Dance Balls.
Cammy is attributed with popularizing English Country Dance in Western Massachusetts, employing expertise that he acquired working with Frank and Joy Van Cleef in recovering dances from the original Playford editions. He established numerous small community contradances when the first gas crisis swept America so that people would not have to travel great distances to dance. He has been instrumental in the spread of the popularity of Swedish couples dances (primarily from the province of Dalarna which he has visited numerous times) through the initiation of workshops, through the incorporation of Scandinavian dances into contradance evening repertoire, and through the establishment of a weekly series of turning dances in Northampton.
Cammy has appeared at the Smithsonian Institute and has been the featured artist for traditional dance events in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, California, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Idaho, among others. He is a frequent performer in historic mansions such as the Codman House, Gore Place, Strawberry Banke, Historic Deerfield, Sturbridge Village and the Porter Phelps Huntington House.
Cammy is the founder of several dance bands, including the Fourgone Conclusions, Wellington Bilgewater, Contrablessings, the Gallimaufry, the Knights of Tunisia, and the Muggles. His three recorded albums have sold out and are due for reissue in the near future.
Cammy also founded several Morris Dance teams including the Juggler Meadow Morris Men and the Wakerobin Morris Women, and is a founding member of his current team, The Commonwealth Morris Men.
Cammy Kaynor is also an Associate Scientist at Biogen in Cambridge, MA doing gene therapy research and lives in Melrose with his wife and four children who are all musicians as well.