I am Bob Peterson and I call contra dances. I am based in New England in Billerica, Massachusetts. I’ve been calling full evening programs since 2016, and many guest and hour slots since before that. I’ve been a contra dancer since 1999, and a modern square dancer (not a caller) since 2002.

Regarding health safety: COVID is the #1 concern because dancing is an ideal spreading environment. I may be able to call if the dancers are masked and fully vaccinated, the hall is ventilated, and there is a stage.

Monkeypox cases are rising (as I write this) and while dancing would be very conducive to spreading it, it isn’t contagious if one doesn’t have symptoms.

To book me for your club use one of the contact methods in the sidebar. References on request.

Bob is a contra dance caller from Billerica, MA, in the northwest Boston suburbs. He’s eager to get everyone on the floor, moving to easy, interesting figures in dances accessible for new dancers, yet entertaining for the more experienced.  He’s been an active contra dancer since 1999 and dance community organizer since 2011. You can book him via

Contra DJ and caller: Lively alternative music, not live music

Do you think your dancers are ready for an evening of lively, modern music, expertly mixed into contra-dancable format? Youve heard of ”alternative music”, "techno contras", "iPod dances", and so forth. My DJ difference is that I have a repertoire of happy, high energy, familiar, unusual, and sometimes funny music. I cover several genres and decades of music: Bollywood, 80s pop, classic rock, alternative, techno, musicals, and show tunes! Im always adding something new to my sets.

Generally this requires a floor with a good number of experienced dancers since the music does tend to be a little harder. That said, the choreography  is simpler for such an evening and even first time dancers will be bopping to DJ Mad Robert”. No feet stuck the the ground here!

Weddings and parties: I do not call for weddings or small private parties.

Schedule 2020

Past gigs and references:



…plus LCFD dance camps alternative-music contra sessions.


  • 21 January 2018: Sunday Night Jammers (Rehoboth, MA) — half session
  • 23 January 2018: MIT Contra Dance (Cambridge, MA)
  • 17 March 2018: Alchemy Farm Contra Dance (Falmouth, MA)
  • 24 March 2018: Boston Gender Free Contra Dance (Boston, MA)
  • 13-15 April 2018: Queer Contra Dance Camp (Aptos, CA) — provided contra mixes/techno session
  • 4-6 May 2018: LCFD Dance Camp (Woodstock, CT) — contra mixes/techno session
  • 12 June 2018: MIT Contra Dance (Cambridge, MA)
  • 26 June 2018: MIT Contra Dance (Cambridge, MA)
  • 14 July 2018: Cotuit Contra Dance (Freedom Hall, Cotuit, MA)
  • 5 October 2018: Marianne Taylor Legacy Contra Dance (Deerfield, NH)
  • 19-21 October 2018: LCFD Dance Camp (Becket, MA) — Techno sessions
  • 3 November 2018Rainbow Contra Dance (Montague, MA)
  • 6 December 2018: Concord Scout House (Concord, MA) — multi-caller program


  • April 8: Rainbow Contra Dance (Montague, MA)
  • August 26: Wareham Contra (Onset, MA)
  • October 20-22: LCFD Dance Camp (Becket, MA) — contra mixes/techno session
  • December 2: Rainbow Contra Dance (Montague, MA)


  • April 30: Rainbow Contra Dance (Montague, MA)
  • October 14-16: LCFD Dance Camp (Becket, MA) — contra mixes/techno session
  • November 19: Rainbow Contra Dance (Montague, MA)
  • December 31: Boston Gender Free Contra Dance (Boston, MA) — contra mixes/techno session