Tara Bolker


English, contra, community dance

Tara Bolker


Tara calls for English, contra, and community dances, delighting dancers of all levels with her dynamic style and quick, clear walk-throughs – "50% more dancing!" according to one satisfied dancer.

Her eclectic selection of energetic and intuitive dances offers an engaging variety of moves and moods tailored to any occasion and crowd.

She is the dedicated organizer and regular caller for Hamilton English Country Dance, booking the dance space and hiring bands every Thursday. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the Hamilton Contra Dance community as well as the capable Manager/Producer of the Hamilton Open Band. She cofounded "Wolf at the Door," molly dancers out of Cambridge, Ontario.

Tara is an energetic dancer with "Cold Barn," a Morris group. She is the enterprising creator and administrator of the Facebook page "403 Dance Hub" which advertises and encourages dancers and dance events all over southern Ontario. She has efficiently organized several workshops and weekend events including the recruiting of out-of-town talent to call for both English and contra dancing and to provide coaching for budding musicians.

She has taught folk dance at the Halton Waldorf School in Burlington, Ontario, and has planned and orchestrated many English Country Dance and Contra dance events, frequently providing and serving all the food for the events (Extreme Heat Contredanse, Contra Dance Schoolhouse, Family Day Potluck and Barndance Fundraiser, Cupid's Hammer, New Year's Tea Dance, Winter Solstice Dance Party, and Thanksgiving Cornucopia, among others).

Tara is talented, gracious, warm, inviting, encouraging, and supportive of regular as well as new dancers, and seasoned as well as new musicians and other callers..