Fiddling Frog Dance Festival

February 22-24, 2019

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 open now!

photo credit: Sonya Sones


Eloise and Company

Eloise & Co. features the combined creative forces of two of the country’s most sought-after dance musicians, Becky Tracy and Rachel Bell. These two, this time joined by guitarist Andrew VanNorstrand, crank out dance music with unbridled energy and soaring beauty. Their depth and versatility is evident not only in their dynamic playing but also in their rich and unique repertoire, ranging from exciting original compositions to rock-solid traditional tunes.

Free Raisins

An energetic dance band from Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle, the Free Raisins fuse New England roots with a modern groove. They promise a versatile mix of supremely danceable tunes—come out and get your two scoops worth! The Free Raisins are Audrey Knuth on fiddle, Jeff Kaufman on mandolin, brass, and feet, and Amy Englesberg on piano and accordion.

Lisa Greenleaf

Lisa Greenleaf has been treating dancers across the country to her high spirited, witty calling for many years, and is known for precise walk-throughs of zesty and flowing dances. Whether she is presenting cool contras, hot squares, or focused callers’ workshops, Lisa engages the crowd with her humor and community spirit.

Bob Isaacs

Bob Isaacs has been a highly sought after contra caller for over 20 years. Bob, who is a skillful dance writer, has choreographed over 2000 contra dances.  He writes and calls unique contra dances, squares,  grid squares, and zias.



6:30Welcome / Registration
7:30 – 11:30Connect the Dots Contra Dance
7:30 – 9:15Free Raisins and Lisa Greenleaf
9:15 – 9:45Break
9:45 – 11:30Eloise & Co and Bob Isaacs


Waltzing with Eloise & Co
10:00-12:00Eloise & Co and Lisa Greenleaf
12:30-1:15Medley Both Bands and Both Callers1:00 – 2:30Rise Up Singing with Jeremy Korr Upstairs
1:30-4:00Free Raisins and Bob called with Larks and Ravens
7:00-10:30 A Fancy Affair
7:00-8:30 Eloise & Co and Bob Isaacs
8:30-9:00 break
9:00-10:30Free Raisins and Lisa Greenleaf
10:45-11:45Lisa’s alternative music contras


Waltzing with Free Raisins
10:30-12:00Free Raisins and Bob Isaacs11:00-12:30Morning Singing with Christa Burch Upstairs
12:30-2:15Eloise & Co and Lisa Greenleaf
2:30-3:30The final Hoorah both bands and callers
3:30-4:00 Clean up and Goodbyes
6:30-10:30Open to public dance both bands and callers
6:30-8:15Free Raisins and Bob Isaacs
8:45-10:30Eloise & Co and Lisa Greenleaf

Registration and Pricing

Registration for Fiddling Frog Dance Festival 2019 is open!  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 14, 2019, 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 15, 2019.

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-

Regular Registration (1 Jan and later)
Youth Scholarship Registration

To help others attend camp, donate to the scholarship fund. Thank you!


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
Artists’ Inn1038 Magnolia St, South Pasadena, CA  626-799-56681.85
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.

Clothing Exchange

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