About Us

Who are those folks and what’s their purpose, anyway? We first described ourselves as follows:

“GO Dancing! is a collaborative effort of dancers, callers, musicians, and the people supporting them in and around Goshen, IN.”

We’re a bit more formal now. The information below is from Article 2 of the Bylaws of Goshen Community Contra Dancing:

GO Dancing! is a nonprofit community based educational organization with the following aims:

  1. To encourage the practice and promote the knowledge of American traditional folk dance, music, and song.

  2. To sponsor community dances

  3. To train musicians, dance teachers, and leaders in order to further these objectives.

  4. To cooperate with other like-minded organizations in order to further these objectives.

We achieved 501(c)3 status in October, 2002 with the help of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS). GO Dancing! is now a Group Affiliate member of CDSS.

Those of us working to organize the events are grateful for the incredible response this community has shown. We hope that you will join us in this wonderful experience of music, dance, and community building.

What gifts and strengths might you contribute?

We hold once-monthly organizing meetings to make this all happen. Please contact us with your suggestions or with any questions. Feel free to contact members of our Board of Directors or simply email us at info.godancing@gmail.com. Thank you!

Board of Directors

  • Jennifer Youngberg: President
  • Roy Somerville: Vice-President
  • Jill Kaufman: Secretary
  • Karen Andrews: Treasurer

Goshen Area Callers & Musicians

Barry Dupen: Caller (email)

Karen Andrews: Caller (email)

Les Gustafson-Zook: International Autoharp Champion, Old-Time Musician and Caller (website)

Jim Shenk of Wooden Music: Guitar and mandolin luthier (email)

Kent Dutchersmith: Musician - bass, cello, guitar, nose-flute! (email)

Ed Benner: Fiddler, Old-Time Fiddle Music; Dances, Parties, All Occasions, (email)

David James: Fiddle, hammered dulcimer, piano or guitar backing Old time and Irish music (website)

Celery City Sodbusters: Traditional American old time music (email)
Richard Whitfield: fiddle
Jim Cooper: mandolin & harmonica
Pete Humphries: guitar
Marilyn Branch: bass & flatfoot clogging

Liza & Mark Woolever: Fiddle, guitar, harmonica (email)

The Goldmine Pickers: Americana, bluegrass (website)
Jay Lapp: mandolin, guitar, vocals
Lukas Simpson: guitar, mandolin, vocals
Sean Hoffman: fiddle
Brian Cook: bass

Root Cellar String Band: Old-time stringband and vocals
Lucy Long: Fiddle (contact person: 419-372-7862, email)
Steve O’Regan: Banjo, mandolin
Dave Strickler: Guitar
Tom Goodwin: Bass

Regional Dance Groups