Information about this year’s Fire Ant Frolic Talent
The band Wake Up Robin is an eclectic quartet, playing for contra dances, concerts, and festivals across the country.
Musicians are Audrey Knuth (CA), Andrew VanNorstrand (NY), Amy Englesberg (WA), and Noah VanNorstrand (NC).
Andrew, Audrey, and Amy began playing together as a trio in 2015 on a cross-country road trip, performing at various stops along the way.
Noah joined them in 2016, adding his rhythmic playing to the mix.
Wake Up Robin delights listeners with a variety of musical styles, whether singing moving ballads or cowboy songs,
busting out traditional fiddle tunes or original compositions. Wake Up Robin creates magical moments, joyful harmonies, and raw energy.
Audrey Knuth: vocals, fiddle
Andrew VanNorstrand: vocals, fiddle, guitar
Amy Englesberg: vocals, keyboard, accordion
Noah VanNorstrand: mandolin, feet
CallerSarah VanNorstrand started dancing as a teenager and was instantly hooked. Living in a friendly dance community encouraged her to bring groups
of her friends to dances. They started their own Contra Prom which has since become an annual event of the Syracuse Country Dancers.
She started calling in 2006 in that wonderful community of dancers and local callers. She now regularly calls at her Syracuse dance as well as at dances
and dance weekends across the country.
Her repertoire includes a wide variety of contra dances, squares, and party dances. She enjoys working with everyone from first-time dancers to
decades-long contra veterans, and her goal remains making sure the dancers are having as much fun as she is!
Sarah loves dancing, community, and music and always tries to communicate that enthusiasm in her calling. When not calling or dancing,
Sarah can be found in the garden or at work at Lucky Moon farm CSA in Cazenovia, NY.
Nick and Melissa Enge recently moved to Austin to run the social dance program at the University of Texas.
In addition, they maintain the Library of Dance, an online encyclopedia of social dance including over 1,500 demo videos
and a bibliography of nearly 4,000 written dance descriptions. Before moving to Austin, they studied and taught social dance with
Richard Powers, with whom they’re currently writing a book called Teaching Social Dance.
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