Diane Sutliff has worked in many art forms, from painting, drawing, and textiles, to costume construction, cigar box guitars, and Franken-fiddles. Right now, she is mostly focused on pottery and human potential. Since 1995 she has taught thousands of kids and adults to draw, both in public schools and at her own neighborhood art classes. She currently teaches pre-K through 8th grade artists at several schools in Chicago. She likes to give her students tips and tricks, provide lots of opportunity for choices, and then tries to get out of the way!
Laurie Andres plays accordion and piano for old-time New England contra and square dancing, English country dance and klezmer music. Neither the dance world nor Laurie have been the same since he picked up and forgot to put down the piano accordion in 1977. A master of musical whimsy, Laurie propels dancers and their feet into fits of rhapsodic frenzy with his infectiously rhythmic playing. His playing is renowned for its wit, color, emotion, and compelling danceability. Laurie has played for community dances, dance and music festivals, and concerts all over the US, Canada, and Europe. He has lead a monthly English Country Dance in Seattle since 1984.
Katherine Giacoletti has been dancing her whole life, training in classical ballet, jazz, and modern from a very young age. Then she discovered Scottish dancing in college and never looked back! Scottish dance has been her passion ever since, and along the way she also took up English country and contra dancing. She takes great joy in dancing with her husband Justin and daughter Elena, and in the communities of friends they have all found through dance. Katherine has been teaching Scottish country dancing for over 20 years, including at workshops and camps up and down the Eastern seaboard. She also studies and competes in highland dance (along with Elena), and is a member of the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA) of Highland Dancing, with her highland teaching certificate from the British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD). When she has to be not dancing, Katherine supports the habit as a self-employed statistical consultant based in the Philadelphia suburbs.