Allison Thompson

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Allison Thompson is a musician, folk dance leader, and dance historian. She plays concertina and accordion with the multi-faceted trio, Amarillis, who play for contra, English, waltz, and tango dances.

She started English country dancing in the mid-seventies and has been dancing, teaching, and playing for dances ever since.

She was foreman / squire for the Iron Rose Garland Dance Team and the Iron City Morris.

Allison plays concertina, recorders, and accordions with the multi-faceted trio, Amarillis, which plays for contra, English, and Vintage dances. With Amarillis, she has recorded several CDs, the most recent one being "In Step," a CD of waltzes and other couple dances.

Allison's articles and publications include

Dances Allison has taught include Apley House, Female Saylor, Fried Herman, Gary Roodman, Jack's Maggot, Old Mole, Parson's Farewell, Prince William, Rufty Tufty, Scotch Cap, Shrewsbury Lasses, and The Chess Dance (for dancers on a full-sized chess board).