Nils is a gifted teacher, and uses his skills to build community through shared experience; with expertise and heart, he creates a safe and positive space for people to connect through music and dance.
Nils travels across North America to teach and perform over 150 days a year; his calendar of gigs shows his dedication, commitment, and belief in the power of music and dance as a vehicle for social change. Nils has been a touring artist for over fifteen years, and has earned the loyalty and respect of the many thousands of people that he has worked to serve.
You know those joyful moments when you can't stop smiling? I had one of those tonight calling at the Brattleboro Contra Dance...one joyful 3 hour moment. THANK YOU Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy, and your traditional music students from the Brattleboro Music Center. An epic, over-the-top, awesome night! #fbfeed ... See MoreSee Less
Hello friends and fans. Those of you that follow this page might have noticed recent posts about the Fredland family moving North to Vermont...that is happening, motivated by a teaching job that my wife has accepted in Quechee, VT. I'm excited for her and for my boys (who will be starting pre-school and 1st grade in our new town!), and excited for some new-ness in my own life.
Contra dance calling has been my primary source of income for about 15 years, and I'm fortunate and ever-grateful for being able to make my living by pursuing something I'm passionate about...but I've realized recently that it's time to get off the road. I'm fulfilling my professional committments (which stretch into the Fall of 2016), but you'll be seeing less of me outside of New England starting in April 2016.
I didn't make this decision lightly; but what I feel now - having opened myself to the idea of living a different life than that of the itinerant dance caller - IS lightness. I don't know what the next chapter of my professional life holds, but I am excited to figure it out. I do know that it will be closer to home, with my wife and boys as the centerpiece.
I'll always call dances. When I do take the microphone, I hope you'll be as happy to see me as I am to see you. Thank you all for an incredible ride. #fbfeed ... See MoreSee Less