Sue Rosen - Caller

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Traditional American and English country dancing is fun, easy and the perfect way to bring folks together at your special event. Whether it's a wedding, a school or scouts event, a community social,or a family celebration, people of all ages just love to dance these simple dances that have brought us together for generations.

With a minimum of teaching, we'll have great fun whether it's a hoe-down, barn dance, or Jane Austen style ball. Square dances, circles, contradances, mixers, set dances or a grand march — there's something for any group and any occassion, with music that gets everyone up and onto the dance floor.

Contact me about calling for your next event! Please e-mail me at or call me at and let me know what kind of event you are planning.

Photos by Jeff Bary

Click on any of the questions below for more information about dancing at your event.

Yes, absolutely. That's what it's all about. Even people who never do this kind of dancing find it hard to resist; at a party, the fun is contagious.
You don't have to learn anything. If you can walk, you can do the simple sequence of figures that I call to the music throughout each dance. I chose every dance based on the abilities of those on the dance floor.
The music is lively and toe-tapping. I work with many wonderful musicians and am happy to put together a band of any size (usually two or three musicians) for your event. While having live music always enhances the dance party experience, I am ready to bring recorded music if you are working with a limited budget.

Dance choreographer

Here is a partial list of Sue's contra dances; you can click on a title and see the dance's choregraphy in a new window or tab.

Dancer, caller, leader, choreographer

Sue Rosen, Caller

I have been dancing my whole life. After discovering country dance (Contradance and Squares, English Country Dance, Morris and Sword dance) as a young adult, my love of dance became a central part of my life. Years later, with the encouragement of some important people in the dance world, I took up teaching and calling dances, and writing contra dances.

Over the past twenty years I've had great fun leading country dancing (American, English, family dances and parties) throughout New England, across the country and in Europe, working with so many incredibly talented musicians along the way. The best part remains meeting new people, making great friends, and seeing the smiling faces on the dance floor.

I've had the pleasure and satisfaction of organizing dance events, camps and festivals for over 30 years for the New England Folk Festival Association, the Country Dance and Song Society, Country Dance Society (Boston Centre) and the monthly contradance and potluck dinner in Carlisle, Massachuetts.

In 2005, Becky Hill, caller and choreographer from Cleveland, Ohio, and I collaborated in publishing The Rosen Hill Collection, a book of our dance compositions. It has been gratifying to hear that a number of my dances have become favorites around the contradancing world.