Founded 40 years ago by Ben Bergstein and April Werner. Based in Burlington, Vermont, the group of dancers, musicians, and singers performed in New England, Canada, and beyond (representing the United States at international dance and music festivals in France, Belgium, Sweden, Ecuador, and Spain, to name a few countries). In 1985, the group expanded its ranks, adding cloggers, French Canadian step dancers, and kids from all over the Northeast to go on a 6-week performing tour of western and eastern Europe. Members wore costumes based on clothing from New England villages in the 1870’s — and the costumes represented all different social classes, because dance and music brought (and continues to bring) everyone together, no matter their station in life. Ben Bergstein created choreographies based on social dances (contra dances, squares) that were popular at that time, sometimes mixing things up with newer dance compositions.