David Shewmaker (Washington, DC) grew up dancing in St. Louis and various festivals with his family. He started Contra dancing as a child, first at the Foxhollow Festival, then with the Childgrove Country Dancers in St. Louis, where he learned to flat foot to the Old Time music that was prevalent at the local dances. He is a founding member of Capering Roisters Morris in St. Louis, a former member of the Marlboro Morris Men in Massachusetts, the founder of Cutting Edge Sword in Washington, DC, served on the Board of Directors of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington as both Dance Chair and Vice-President, and was a sound tech for the St. Louis and DC dances.
Over the last 40 + years, he has volunteered for numerous festivals, ales, community radio and countless events. He first attended Family Week at Pinewoods as a child, returned as a teenager to volunteer, and spent many summers cooking and dancing at Pinewoods, with stints in the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. He is a fierce advocate for traditional dance and music: Contra and Square dancing is home base, English is his favorite, Balkan is mesmerizing, Irish Sets, Scottish, Scandinavian, Swing, Cajun, Zydeco, Slow Blues, Latin have all had a place in his life. He is a drummer, and enjoys singing and playing English Concertina. He has enormous gratitude for the extended dance and music community that sustains his life. He is a professional chef, and brings the same sense of community and interconnection to his work life that he finds in his dance life.