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Spare Parts has performed for social dances, concerts, period events and dance camps from Alaska to Maine. Bill Matthiesen on piano and Liz Stell on flute combine with one or more "spare parts du jour." Some of our favorite "spare parts" include fiddlers Eric Buddington, Ruthie Dornfeld, Naomi Morse, Frank Orsini, Mark Bagdon, Anne Hooper, Cathie Whitesides, Susan Conger, George Wilson, and Rebecca McCallum ... cornetist Peter Ecklund ... and bassists Ben Davis, Mark Murphy and Larry Unger.

2015 schedule:


  • Sunday, Jan. 4, Albany, NY (www.danceflurry.org/)
    English dance with Eric Buddington and calling by Mary Jones.


  • Friday, Feb. 6, Bennington, VT (www.benningtondance.org/)
    Contradance with Eric Buddington and caller Warren Doyle, 7:30-10 pm

  • Friday Feb. 13 through Sunday Feb. 15, Saratoga Springs, NY (www.flurryfestival.org/)
    DANCE FLURRY! schedule for Spare Parts:
    Waltz Book Waltzes (Liz, Bill, Eric, and Mark Murphy): Friday 7 pm, City Center Mtg Rm 2
    Introductory Cross-Step Waltz with Susan de Guardiola: Friday 11 pm, City Center B/C
    Intro to Waltzing (Liz, Britany Orlebecke, and Kristen Hislop): Saturday 9:45 am, City Center Mtg Rm 2
    Waltzes by Women for All (Liz, Britany Orlebecke, and Julie Vallimont): Saturday 10:45 am, City Center Mtg Rm 2
    Vintage Dance (Liz, Bill, Eric, and Mark Murphy): Saturday 1 pm, City Center B/C
    Austentatious! (Jane Austen era dancing) with Susan de Guardiola: Saturday 8 pm, City Center B/C
    dance photo Intermediate Cross-Step Waltz with Susan de Guardiola: Sunday 10 am, Melita Ballroom
    Farewell Contra (Liz): Sunday 4:00 pm, City Center Rosenberg Hall (Rm D)


  • Saturday, March 21, Holliston, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/rh)
    Returning Heroes Ball: commemorate the American Civil War with an evening of 1860s contra-dances, quadrilles, waltzes and polkas, sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, with Eric Buddington on violin and dance instruction by Barbara Pugliese, 7-10 pm dance workshop 3-5 pm
    Note: historical dress is required for this event


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  • Saturday, April 11, Cromwell, CT (information: 860-635-0501 or cromwellhistory@aol.com)
    Juleps & Viragoes: Ball of the Rebellion, 1865 Presidential Ball a formal Civil War ball in the Town Hall sponsored by the Cromwell Historical Society, with Eric Buddington on violin and precepting by Terry Brettman and Jim Strein

  • Saturday, April 18, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    11th Annual Grand Civil War Ball sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society, in the beautiful ballroom at the Century Club, with Eric Buddington on violin and precepting by Martha Griffin.

  • Sunday, April 19, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    Victorian/Edwardian Tea, with incidental music by Spare Parts. (Might be replaced with a brunch this year; check back for details.)

  • Sunday to Thursday, April 26-30, Asheville, NC (www.orgsites.com/ca/sdvdance/)
    Biltmore in Bloom SD Vintage Dance Week: travel back in time to the Biltmore Estate for vintage dancing, costuming, parties, lectures, fabulous food, and more dancing! Teachers include Richard Powers and Marc Casslar, with music by Spare Parts.


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  • Saturday, May 9, Wethersfield, CT (http://www.reelnutmeg.org/)
    Afternoon rehearsal for Reel Nutmeg's English Country Dance ball

  • Saturday, May 9, Essex, CT (www.sailingmasters.org/ball1814/)
    1814 Commemoration Ball in the Essex Town Hall, 8-11 pm, with Eric Buddington on violin and prompting by Susan de Guardiola
    No experience required, period dress is encouraged but not required. Be a part of living history, join the fun, and step back in time with an evening of period dancing and music.

view 2013 schedule

view 2012 schedule

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