Beverly Francis (Columbus, OH) started dancing in Philadelphia in 1974 while on a brief stint studying at Philadelphia College of Textiles. She soon was back home in the NY/NJ area dancing up a storm. English country, contras, morris (Ring o’ Bells) and longsword (New World Sword) were all on the menu. She started calling both contras and English in the late 70’s and these days has settled in as a caller of English country dance in New York where she has emceed many Country Dance New York Playford Balls and mentors apprentice callers. Her forays out into the world beyond metropolitan New York have included staff positions at Pinewoods (Campers’ Week, Early Music Week, and English Dance Week) as well as weekend workshops on the East Coast and beyond.
Beverly worked at the CDSS office when it was in NYC and served a term of the Executive Committee in the early 80’s. She met her husband, David Chandler, dancing in New York City. They have been dance partners for more than 40 years and attended many CDSS family programs with their son. She is retired from a career in public and school libraries, where she taught colonial era dance to fourth graders, even getting them to take hands sometimes. She now puts her read-aloud skills to use with her grandsons.