Dance Caller

Peg Hesley

Phoenix English Country Dancers is a member of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) and is sponsored by Phoenix Traditional Music and Dance. I am pleased to serve on the Core Council of the Irish Cultural Center and have been appointed regional dance caller for the Greater Phoenix chapter of JASNA.

about me

My husband, Joe, and I moved to Phoenix, AZ from the Baltimore-Washington area and I have continued to call workshops and dances throughout the southwest. I have had the privilege of calling with amazing bands such as Footloose, the Latter Day Lizards, Andrew and Noah van Nordstrom,  the Great Bear Trio, Perpetual e-Motion, Nor’easter, Out of the Wood, Hands Five and other wonderful bands and musicians in the southwest as well as on the east coast.  Weekend and festival gigs include May Madness, Ghost Town Chilldown, Mt. Baldy Contra Dance Weekend, the Festival of Dance as well as the Spring Frolics in Phoenix. It was wonderful to be included as a caller for the Baltimore Folk Music Society's 40th Anniversary Celebration  October 2015.

In addition to calling contra dances, I lead an English dance program. Check out this ongoing series held on select Saturday mornings, October - April; and Thursday evenings, May - September at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix. Click on the schedule tab at the top of the page for details. At the same location you will find links to special events. I'm pleased to announce A Day with Jane Austen, February 27, culminating with a ball in the evening. See the flyer in Special Events. I will be calling to the SYNCOPATHS, who also will be playing the contra dance the night before.

Other interests ...


Living in the southwest has given us the opportunity to visit some remarkable landscapes. Click on the links below and enjoy the tour.

i have a day job !!


I am a Cytotechnologist by day. I sit at  a microscope in a large hospital and screen prepared slides for cancer, pre-cancerous lesions, infections and other abnormalities. My work at the hospital is tedious, but very rewarding. I look forward to calling and dancing at every opportunity.