Luke Donforth

Luke Donforth is a Head shot of Luke Donforthcontra caller, choreographer, musician, and dancer. As a caller, he brings a warm and inviting playfulness to the stage. He is based in Burlington, VT; but is willing to travel to share the joy of dancing: VT, NY, NH, MA, ME, MD, CT, OK, TX, GA, WI, FL, CA, WV, PA, NJ, and two Canadian provinces so far.

Luke calls new and traditional contras at weekly dances, festivals, barn dances, weddings, and parties. If you need it, he can help find a band for your event as well.

Weather and schedule permitting, Luke has been known to bring truffles to sell at regular dances. Contra dancers often want to take home the fabulous music of the bands they hear, but not the caller calling. Instead of a caller CD, enjoy the rich smoothness of hand-crafted truffles.

Some of Luke’s Dances are available here. He’s happy to share his dances, and you can e-mail him with comments, questions, or suggestions about them.

If you want to hear and see him at work, here’s a video of Luke working with the Free Raisins at the Catapult Showcase, and another one of him working with Uncle Farmer. Photos from past and notices of upcoming gigs can be found at Luke Donforth, Dance Caller on Facebook.

If you’ve booked Luke to come and call for you and want a publicity photo, they’re available here. Photos courtesy of (and Copyright by) Ed Kingscote of

Luke can be reached by e-mail at, with a prefix of Calling.Luke.