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 life-changing benefits of the participatory arts. He is poised and ready to connect ALL people to those benefits.

The participatory arts create strong, heartfelt connections between people. Nils’s wholehearted conviction in the importance of these activities, combined with his remarkable ability to make them accessible to any crowd, offers the opportunity to bring positive change to the world.

Nils Fredland: Leadership with skill and heart.

Find out more about Nils’s offerings:

Dance Calling - Song Leading - Trombone - Weddings


Nils Fredland, trombone in hand

Upcoming Gigs

8/29 to 9/1Dance Camp North
9/5Keene Family Dance
9/6Montpelier Contra Dance
9/12 to 9/14Swallowtail Dance Weekend

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Part 1 of my epic dance calling adventure is done: Wasatch Wiggle was fantastic (despite a brief bout of Saturday morning altitude sickness); finished my time in Utah with a great couple of days in Salt Lake City (thank you for the hospitality Lori and Gary!), where I sat in local coffee shops and caught up on my Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) work. A beautiful (and too-brief) hike this afternoon (barefoot in Mill Creek Canyon) set me up for a couple of easy flights...and here I am. Part 2 begins...

..in Alaska. It's dark, so I haven't seen anything yet. (Well, that's not quite true; I've seen a surreally busy small airport, and I've seen Max Newman.). This is going to be a great week! #fbfeed
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David Foster, Sandy Brand and 16 others like this

Quena CrainSeeing Max Newman is kind of like seeing the light ;-)1 day ago   ·  5
Debra Carson Harpetouche!23 hours ago
Katie Donis OlmsteadImagine: landing in Alaska and there is Max! Wow. Alaska!!!19 hours ago

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Made a commitment, this morning, to reading all the essays In Larry Jennings' "Zesty Contras". I'm through the least technical of the offerings therein (the introduction); clearly a very, very smart man, with vision, and an extraordinary passion for contra dance. Glad I had the honor of meeting Larry before he died, at one of my first engagements calling the NEFFA Thursday night dance that he put some much energy into creating. (He didn't complement my calling that night, but he didn't have anything critical to say either...and he really liked my trombone playing.). Green as I was at the time, I had no idea who I was talking to. Would that I could do that moment over again...

Time to be a student again! Much to learn. Thanks to Larry, who is influencing and inspiring me posthumously, and all the others who have helped me as I've traveled this path. (And, just in case you were wondering, if you call dances I'm including YOU on the list of people who inspire and influence me. We're all in this together, and we all help each other.). #fbfeed
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Tavi Merrill, dance caller, Pam Paulson and 23 others like this

William MentorYes and yes and yes6 days ago   ·  1
Joni McSpadden MillerAs you inspire and influence so many through your work6 days ago
Kiran WagleI was lucky enough to know who Larry was, and we talked of many things, but this weekend things have come up that we didn't get to discussing. Sadly, I never got to talk with Al Olson as much as I would've liked.5 days ago

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