Nils Fredland is one of the busiest and most sought-after artists in the field of participatory dance, music, and song. He is widely respected for his expertise and skilled leadership, and beloved for his sensitivity, generosity, and community-minded approach. Nils believes in the lifechanging benefits the participatory arts.
Nils has been calling dances with admirable skill and infectious energy since 2000. He draws his material from a large and varied repertoire of dances, ranging from the centuries-old “chestnut” contra dances, to the most cutting-edge contra dance choreography that exists today. Also a square dance caller, Nils is well known for breathing new life into traditional singing squares from the mid-twentieth century, and has co-authored and edited two books on the topic in his role as a staff member in the Education Department at the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS). In addition to his work as a dance caller, Nils is a trombonist and he’s played his horn in ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to ska bands. Since 2006, he has been resident dance caller and trombone player for the dance band, Elixir; he is an occasional member of the band, Maivish, as both musician and caller; he also works regularly as a caller and sit-in musician with several other popular contra dance bands, including The Great Bear Trio and Nor’easter.