Fiddling Frog Dance Festival

February 28, 29 & March 1, 2020

It’s a Leap Frog year!

Save the date for the annual Fiddling Frog Dance Festival!  A full weekend of great contra dancing to fabulous bands and skillful callers in beautiful Pasadena, CA.  Registration is now open!

photo credit: Sonya Sones


Wake Up Robin

Wake Up Robin is an eclectic quartet scattered across the country featuring Audrey Knuth from CA on fiddle, Andrew VanNorstrand from NY on guitar and fiddle, Amy Englesberg from WA on keyboard and accordion, and Noah VanNorstrand from NC on mandolin and feet. Wake Up Robin delights listeners at concerts, festivals and contra dances around the country 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.

Uncle Farmer

Uncle Farmer is Ben Schreiber on fiddle and Michael Sokolovsky on guitar. With an Irish and New England sound at its core, the duo is known for its original dance tunes, modern twists on old favorites, and sets mixed with pop rhythms and improvisational flair. Their performances range from sweet and nostalgic to gritty and energetic, and their sound truly fills both the room and the hearts of dancers.

Frannie Marr

Frannie Marr began teaching contra dances to her elementary school students as a vehicle to expose them to new and fun dances. After calling exclusively to children for 10 years, Frannie debuted to rave reviews at a regularly scheduled Los Angeles contra dance open mic session and was strongly encouraged to keep on calling. Since 2008, Frannie has been calling regularly, traveling from coast to coast, and has appeared in over a dozen states at some of the most well known venues with some of the hottest and most popular contra dance musicians. She is known for her clear and efficient walkthroughs and her excellent choices in fun flowy dances.

Lindsey Dono

Northwest mainstay Lindsey Dono delights in traveling to share her love of dance with an ever- expanding network of contra family. Known for serene and sunny instruction, Lindsey transforms newcomers into avid regulars while keeping veterans piqued with sophisticated programming. A dancer for more than twenty years, Lindsey incorporates knowledge of waltz, lindy hop, blues, jazz, and ballet to lead a variety of workshops.

Noah Grunzweig

Noah Grunzweig is a talented Portland transplant from the mystical foothills of NE Tennessee. His energy & rhythmic calling will fill you with confidence & compel you on the dance floor, and his genuine goofy charm will disarm you & remind you that you need only to be yourself in this house

2020 Schedule


6:30Welcome / Registration
7:30 – 11:45 A Rainbow of Colorful Dancers Contra Dance
7:30 – 8:45Contra Dance (Wake Up Robin & Frannie)
9:15-10:30Contra Dance (Uncle Farmer & Lindsey)
10:35-11:45Noah Contra Remix


9:30-10:00Waltzing with Uncle Farmer
10:00-11:45Contra Dance (Uncle Farmer & Frannie)
12:15-1:00Medley – Both bands & both callers
1:15-2:45Contra Dance – Gender neutral role terms (Wake Up Robin & Lindsey)
3:00-4:30Noah Contra Remix
7:00-11:00A Fancy Affair
7:00-8:45Contra Dance (Uncle Farmer & Lindsey)
9:15-11:00Contra Dance (Wake Up Robin & Frannie)


10:00-10:30Waltzing with Wake Up Robin
10:30-12:00Contra Dance (Wake Up Robin & Lindsey)
12:30-2:15Contra Dance (Uncle Farmer & Frannie)
2:30-3:30The Final Hoorah – Both bands & both callers
3:30-4:00Clean up and Goodbyes
6:30-10:30Open-to-the-public dance – Both bands & both callers
6:30-8:15Contra Dance (Uncle Farmer & Lindsey)
8:45-10:30Contra Dance (Wake Up Robin & Frannie)

Registration and Pricing

Registration for Fiddling Frog Dance Festival 2020 will be open October 7, 2019! Online registration as well as by mail is available.  

Registration early-bird pricing is $165 until Dec 31. Beginning January 1 it is $175. If you are under 30 you can register for $85 in exchange for a youth work scholarship. Work scholarships are available upon request on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Registration is not transferable. All cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee. If you cancel after January 17, 2020, refunds will be at the discretion of California Dance Co-op (e.g., a dancer is admitted from the waiting list). ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS AFTER FEBRUARY 20, 2020.

Online Payment — Paypal

Prices below include registration fee plus PayPal’s service charges (about 3%), so they are higher than if you send a check.

•  You can view your Shopping Cart at any time before checkout by clicking the View Cart button.
•  If paying for several of the SAME item, you can adjust the quantity on the Shopping Cart page.
•  To pay for several DIFFERENT items, click “Continue Shopping” in upper right of the Shopping Cart page to go back and enter additional items.
•  To Donate to the scholarship fund, the “buy now” button
will allow you to enter an amount, then take you directly to PayPal
•  SCHOLARSHIP REGISTRATIONS – Please only make payments for these if you have arranged it with Frannie Marr in advance.
•  Questions? Contact Registrar Frannie Marr-

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Fiddling Frog is held at the fabulous Pasadena Masonic Temple, at:

200 South Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA


A list of local hotels is provided below.

NameAddressPhone NumberMiles From Hall
Sheraton303 Cordova St, Pasadena, CA626-449-40000.07
Hilton Hotel168 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA626-577-10000.10
GreenTree-Pasadena Inn400 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA626-795-84010.34
Westin Hotels & Resorts191 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA626-792-27270.50
Courtyard-L A Old Pasadena180 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA626-403-7600 0.65
Vagabond Inn1203 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA626-449-31701.03
Saga Motor Hotel1633 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA626-795-0431 1.53
Travelodge2131 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA626-796-31212.1


A wide variety of healthy and hearty refreshments will be provided throughout the daytime and evening dances.  There are many options for meals nearby.

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