frannie marr, dance caller


Frannie’s first exposure to contra dancing was by her sister, who lives on the east coast.  Frannie quickly fell in love with contra dancing. In 1998, she began teaching contra dances to her elementary school students as a vehicle to expose them to new and fun activities. After calling exclusively to children for 10 years, Frannie debuted to rave reviews at a regularly scheduled Los Angeles contra dance 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 biggest name venues with some of the hottest and most popular contra dance musicians.  Her teaching style,  honed in elementary schools, is clear and efficient.  She doesn’t waste words and knows how to keep your attention during short walkthroughs.  Clear instruction, great dances, and a warm friendly smile make Frannie a draw at contra dance events throughout the country.

Frannie, let me extend my great thanks and appreciation for making our fifth birthday celebration memorable for all! You really had the crowd in your hand and people really enjoyed the opportunity to, as you said, join in a COMMUNITY DANCE! We'd love to have this happen again.
Mel, Wild Willow Farm, San Diego CA

Highlights of Past Appearances

Frannie is definitely one of my favorite callers! She’s friendly, clear, and because she frequently contra dances, her choice of dances rocks. She knows what the dancers want!
Kelli Butler, Santa Barbara Harvest Moon organizer
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