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Welcome to Dave Wiesler's home page. Dave is one of the nation's premier pianists for country dances and various forms of ballroom dance.
Photo of Dave with his Roland FP8 and Cookie Mazda.

December, 2014. Time for my semiannual update. The big news is that Goldcrest's new recording is almost here. After a year and a half of recording, editing, mixing, long-distance communication, and dealing with various unexpected roadblocks, we have sent the disc off to be replicated, and it should be available in early January. This recording is Goldcrest's first and long overdue. It's a companion CD to a new collection of dances written by caller and choreographer Joseph Pimentel, and I've written a very large fraction of the music on the recording. Look for The Goldcrest Collection and its bright yellow cover coming soon.

Some highlights of upcoming events I'm playing include:

  • Camps this summer (2015)
    • August 1-8: CDSS English Week at Pinewoods
    • August 9-16: CDSS Family and Dance Camp at Timber Ridge
  • Weekend contra, English, and teaching events
    • Jan 2-4, 2015: Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat. Predominantly teaching.
    • Feb 13-16: Ski-Dance Weekend, with Alexander Mitchell
    • Feb 20-22: Ann Arbor Dawn Dance Weekend, with Mary Lea and Paul Oorts; Joseph Pimentel calling. Note the date and personnel change from earlier.
    • Mar 13-15: Houston Set for Spring, with Goldcrest and Joseph Pimentel
    • Oct 9-11: Pittsburgh contra / English weekend, with Goldcrest and Joseph Pimentel
  • Scottish Dance events
    • Dec 31, 2014: Delaware Valley Hogmanay, with Mara Shea and Ralph Gordon
    • Jan 24, 2015: Charlottesville Burns dance, with Thistle House
    • Mar 21: Pittsburgh ball (in Washington, PA), with Thistle House
    • Jun 13: Columbus, OH ball and workshops, with Mara Shea
    • Sep 18-20: Scottish Weekend at Timber Ridge
    • Nov 6-8: Argyle Weekend, Arlington, VA, with Thistle House

In case you were expecting me to play the Atlanta English dance weekend, Fandango, in September, 2015, as I'd advertised earlier, please note that I had to postpone this for a year when my sister-in-law decided to get married that weekend.

In addition to dates above, there's the usual mix of contra dances, waltzes, and similar events. See my calendar for a full listing.