Chrissy Davis-Camp is a dance
caller specializing in Contra Dance and English Country Dance. She
currently lives in Bell Buckle, Tennessee with her husband, Pat, and
their 2 daughters Ellie and Anna Claire. Chrissy has been calling
dances since 1985 when she moved to Nashville.
Chrissy grew up in rural East Tennessee where her father was the
director of Sunset Gap Community Center. She attended monthly potluck
suppers & contra dances there starting at about age 7 or 8. The
main band was The Grassy Fork String Band - Leola Black on fiddle, an
older man on banjo, his son on guitar and his wife, Sadie would "cut a
rug" all by herself, flatfooting in the corner of the dance hall. "The
first caller I remember was a guy from New England named Kim Walker. He
knew a handful of dances and we would do many of the same ones over and
over each month. Always ending with Appalachian Big Set."
When she was in high school, Chrissy starting attending the weekly
dances in Knoxville. It was about an hour's drive from home, but well
worth it. Several staff members at Sunset Gap also got the but to go to
the dances, so it was easy to catch a ride there and back. In high
school Chrissy got her first chance at dance calling. She was in a
Music Appreciation class and when the teacher found out about the
contra dancing, Chrissy got asked to teach the class 3 or 4 dances to
perform for the next PTA meeting.
Chrissy attended Berea College and was a member of the Berea College
Country Dancers for 3 years - a traveling dance troupe that promoted
the college and encouraged friendships worldwide. She traveled to
England, Scotland, Belgium and Denmark with that group in 1980. She
also traveled all around the southeastern US on weekend and week-long
trips. She got to help teach the freshmen/beginner dancers after her
2nd year with the group.
She majored in Music Education and Applied Voice from Berea in 1982. In
1985 Chrissy moved to Nashville to get into the Music Industry - just
like a million other songwriters/singers. She made a 3-song demo tape,
but did not have the heart nor the nerve to promote it to any
publishers. ("There are still copies in our shed") She began working as
a graphic designer, learning the trade on the job. First for a Pavement
Maintenance magazine, then as a freelance artist, then fir Sir Speedy
Printing. That one lasted 12 years full time and she continues working
there 1 day a week.
Shortly after moving to Nashville she began attending the Nashville
Country Dancers' Friday night dances. They had a few callers back then.
A few weeks later all those callers went off to a dance weekend in
Atlanta and they asked Chrissy to fill in as the caller in Nashville.
"I hated it at first because I loved to dance. I did not want to trade
the floor time for microphone time. But I must have done an ok job,
because they asked me to do it again - and again." Thus began the
In 2008 Chrissy did about 189 dances - some hour-long classes, some 5
day dance camps, and everything in between. She works with several
homeschool groups (she is a homeschool mom): Tullahoma, TN - Enrichment
Fellowship, Colleen Whitver's group in Nashville/Franklin, The Shanon
group in Franklin, the group in Bowling Green, KY. She calls for
wedding rehearsal dinners, receptions, retreats, reunions, church
groups, 18th century and civil war re-enactments, and anyone else who
wants to dance. She has been from Boston to Tampa, from Bloomington to
Winston-Salem and everywhere in between. She has worked with too many
bands to remember them all, but always has a great time with whoever it
happens to be this time.
To contact Chrissy, email:
User577314 (at) aol (dot) com
Chrissy & her family at the 2007
Fayetteville, TN Host of Christmas Past festival
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