LIZ DONALDSON (Bethesda, MD) is a full-time musician and dance caller, and has been playing piano for dancing for many years. She is known for her innovative back-up style incorporating exciting rhythms, textures, and harmony lines in her music. In addition to playing for Scottish, English and American contra and square dances, Liz teaches all these styles, and dances, too!
She is a member of Terpsichore, Waverley Station,The New Hipsters, and Elegant Echoes. Liz’s newest recordings are: "English Echoes II: English Country Dance Favorites" with Becky Ross, Colleen Reed and Bruce Edwards, and another Scottish Country Dance CD "A Dancer's Best Friend" with Elke Baker and Ralph Gordon. "A Dancer's Best Friend" is a welcome complement to "Caledonian Muse" and "Terpsichore, Scottish Dance Music." Liz also joins David Knight and Ralph Gordon on "Waverley Station: First Stop!" She is the Artistic Director and pianist on the hot live Scottish Country Dance recordings "Memories of Scottish Weekend (‘98) and "More Memories of Scottish Weekend ('02).
Liz has published two books of Scottish tunes: "Scottish Dance Class Tunes" and "Scottish Tune Medleys" which have become mainstays for Scottish Dance musician's libraries worldwide. She has also composed many wonderful tunes, including a host of waltzes.
Liz has taught and played at numerous dance weekends and music workshops including Scottish Weekend (MD), Pinewoods (MA), and Asilomar (CA). Her travels have taken her across the US as well as to Great Britain, Canada, France, and Japan. She performed for the Smithsonian Institution's Piano 300 exhibition in '00 and has twice performed with Terpsichore at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. In 2017 she was awarded the Scroll of Honour from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society for her considerable contributions to music and dance.
In addition to playing and teaching music, Liz is in demand as a caller of Scottish, Scottish Ceilidh, English Country and Community dancing. She particularly enjoys working with dancers of all ages and experience levels.
# Music in title: Beyond the Beltway © Liz Donaldson