Barbara Groh, from Asheville, NC, has been calling contra dances all over the East coast since 1989. She is well known for her precise teaching, her extensive repertoire of excellent dances, and her playful, positive energy. Barbara is able to break her instruction down into manageable steps for new dancers, or rev it up to challenge a more experienced group. She has called at numerous festivals, including the Charleston Bug Stomp, Gotta Dance, the Asheville Summer Soiree, the Black Mountain Music Festival, NEFFA, Moondance, Gypsy Meltdown, Spring Dance Romance, Butterball, Blue Moon, What the Hey, and the Lake Eden Arts Festival.
Barbara has been immersed in the traditional music and dance scene for more than three decades. She became an avid square dancer at the age of thirteen. In college, she fell in love with contra dancing and learned to play old-time banjo. Her involvement in the dance community has included serving for several years on various dance committees, as well as helping to organize weekly dances and weekend festivals.
Barbara's patience and ability to give precise dance instructions stem in part from her 17 years as a classroom teacher and several years as a private tutor. She currently works with dyslexic children of all ages.