PEDANTICS is a percussive dance ensemble specializing in Appalachian Clogging and Flatfooting, and step dancing from many cultures. Our members come from Maryland and Virginia, and perform throughout the region.
Founded in 1984 by Tom Hinds and Megaera Kuny
as the Stump Jumpers, the group began expanding their repertoire to
other styles of percussive dance, such as English and Vaudeville
clogging, French Canadian and Irish step dancing,
and Tap. The name PedAntics was
adopted in 1994 to reflect the wider range of percussive
PedAntics offers exciting solo, duo and group numbers, from
steps and dances passed on through many generations, to new and
by Megaera Kuny and others.
Scroll down for more information and bios.
|Event||Location||Date and Time||More Information
|St. Patrick's Day Festival and Dinner||Lovettsville Community Center, VA||March 16, 2004
6 - 7:30 pm
|Chestertown Tea Party||Chestertown, MD||May 29, 2004||http://www.chestertownteaparty.com/|
|Waterford Crafts Festival||Waterford, VA||October 2, 2004
|St. John's Flea Market||North Baltimore, MD||TBD
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Kuny is a co-founder as well as the chief choreographer of
PedAntics, and has taught many workshops in clogging and step dancing.
Her proudest and most recent accomplishment is the birth of her son
Hinds has been dancing since 1979, and calling squares and
since 1984. He is the author of a series of American dance books,
Dance All Night. He also plays piano in the contra dance bands, Pas de
Quoi. His step dance repertoire includes English clog, tap, and French
Canadian/Cape Breton as well as Appalachian clogging. The member with
longest commute, he lives in Charlottesville, VA. His current interests
and activities include caller development and workshops in the
area and in DC.
He is earning his living now as a full-time caller, musician, dancer and teacher. He also leads rock climbing expeditions in the Appalachians/Blue Ridge.
Alan Leader has been an avid clogger and social dancer for many years, joining PedAntics in 1988. He has given workshops in clogging and earned a ribbon at the renowned Clifftop clogging contest in 1993. Additionally, he sings, and plays guitar, fiddle, and banjo. In his spare time he is a carpenter and remodeller.
Robertson has been dancing since 1977, in a wide variety of
and performance dance, including (but not limited to) Contras, English
Country, Ballroom, Morris, Rapper, Longsword, English, Irish, Scottish,
and French Canadian step-dancing, and Appalachian clogging (since
She has been on staff at CDSS Buffalo Gap Dance Week, Mendocino, and
Heritage Center and the Philadelphia Heritage Festival (amongst others)
as a step dance and clogging instructor. She has toured as a member of
"Footworks," a professional Clogging company, throughout England,
and Wales, including performing for several weeks in the London version
of "Riverdance" in 1996.
Laura has been a member of PedAntics since 1997, and currently also dances with a Maryland morris team. She performs with and runs an English step dance team and a rapper team, both out of Baltimore. By day, she is an Interventional Radiologist and Chairman of Imaging at Bon Secours Hospital.
Ted Hodapp has been dancing New England Contras, traditional and country dances from England, as well as Scandinavian turning dances for nearly 25 years. He has been teaching dance for nearly all of that time. He founded and lead rapper-sword and English longsword groups and is a dancer and musician with the Minnesota Traditional Morris Dancers and PedAntics. Ted is the former artistic director of the Woven Ring English Country dancers, and regularly teaches English Country Dance, Contras, Clogging, Scandinavian couple dances, and traditional dance forms from England both locally and in more than twenty states throughout the country and Denmark. He is a co-author of several books of original contra dances and is currently pursuing new dance interests in Swing, Argentine Tango, Cajun/Zydeco and Appalachian Clogging. When he is not dancing (when would that be?), he is usually working as Professor and Chair of the Physics Department at Hamline University teaching, amongst other things, the concepts of angular momentum from a more theoretical perspective. Since August 2002 he has been working for the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. as a Program Officer and desperately trying to avoid wearing a tie.
Renée Camus is a dancer, performer, choreographer and researcher concentrating on Percussive dance forms as well as historical dance. She also maintains this site and her own web pages, upon which you can read much more about her.
For information on hiring
please call Alan at 301-371-8046, or email any of the above links.
has 3 gigs that we participate in every year. Two are in October, one
week apart, and the other is in May, on Memorial Day weekend:
Festival - a crafts exhibit in Waterford Virginia, annually held on
the first weekend of October. Among the many tents featuring beautiful
and well constructed crafts, are musicians and dancers to entertain. It
is a wonderful celebration of homemade arts and crafts. There are camps
set up by Civil War and Revolutionary War re-enactors. There is also
plenty of wonderful food, including pulled Barbecue sandwiches, red
beans and rice, and of course popcorn and funnel cake.
St. John's Flea Market is a large,
community flea market held
annually on the second weekend in October. The Satyr Hill band offers
entertainment in the form of old time bluegrass music. PedAntics joins
Satyr Hill for four short shows throughout the day, to entertain the
Chestertown Tea Party
is an annual celebration of the history of Chestertown, Maryland, and
the Tea Party (yes, like the famous one held in Boston), held there on
May 23, 1774. This protest against British rule and the tax they had
placed on tea is reenacted every year at this wonderful festival. There
are many crafts and toys to purchase, and lots of wonderful food. There
are story tellers, musicians, and dancers scheduled throughout the day
to entertain and educate.
took part in the 11th Annual Frederick DanceFest
Dance in Frederick County, sponsored by the Frederick
Arts Council. The event took
place at the Weinberg Center for the Arts inFrederick, MD on May
4, 2002. Proceeds from the concert were
contributed to the Frederick Arts Council's
danced at the W.O.W. (Western Loudon
at Franklin Park, in
Purcellville, VA, on May 19, 2002.
We danced on the Outdoor Stage at 2 pm
to an enthusiastic audience, and lovely weather.
We travelled to Denmark in 2000, where we were a part of the Square Dance Partners Festival in Kalding. We performed at several venues around Denmark, and Tom called a few square dances, and we even got to do some site-seeing. It was great fun and hugely successful. Many thanks to our wonderful hosts: Anita, Mogens, and Vagn.
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last updated: 3/15/04