about Spare Parts

weddings & special occasions

performing schedule

cds and waltz books

secure online store

print order form

PR photos

audio sample (Deliciosa Polka; more samples on each CD page)

New CD! Returning Heroes

New! Dance instruction DVD

for booking, email or call Bill at 413-442-9172

liz, bill and eric photo

Spare Parts has performed for social dances, concerts, period events and dance camps from Alaska to Maine. Bill Matthiesen on piano and Liz Stell on flute combine with one or more "spare parts du jour." Some of our favorite "spare parts" include fiddlers Eric Buddington, Ruthie Dornfeld, Naomi Morse, Frank Orsini, Mark Bagdon, Anne Hooper, Cathie Whitesides, Susan Conger, George Wilson, and Rebecca McCallum ... cornetist Peter Ecklund ... and bassists Ben Davis, Mark Murphy and Larry Unger.

(photo: William A.G. Mackey)

2013 Performing schedule:


  • Sunday, Feb. 3, Wethersfield, CT (www.hcdance.org/waltz)
    Mostly Waltz: waltzing and other couple dances from 3 to 6 pm with Eric Buddington on violin; free beginner workshop at 2 pm

  • Friday Feb. 17 through Sunday Feb. 19, Saratoga Springs, NY (www.flurryfestival.org/)
    DANCE FLURRY! schedule for Spare Parts:
    Tango Lesson Style & Grace: Friday 8:45 pm, City Center Rm B/C
    Tango Dance: Friday 9:30 pm, City Center Rm B/C
    Waltz Book 4 Waltzes: Saturday 9:45 am, City Center Mtg Rm 2
    Zwiefachers: Saturday 12:45 pm, Hilton "Melita" Ballroom
    19th Century Vintage Dance: Saturday 4:30 pm, Saratoga Music Hall
    Slow Jam (Eric and Bill): Sunday 10:00 am , Hilton Pavilion
    Waltzes by Women for All (Liz, Britany Orlebecke, Liz Donaldson and Rachel Bell): Sunday 10:00 am, City Center Mtg Rm 1
    French Quadrille: Sunday 11:30 am, Saratoga Music Hall
    Farewell Contra (Liz): Sunday 4:00 pm, City Center Rosenberg Hall (Rm D)


  • Friday, March 1, Bennington, VT (www.benningtondance.org/)
    Contradance with Eric Buddington and caller Michael Kernan

  • Sunday, March 3, Albany, NY (www.danceflurry.org/capital-english)
    English Country Dance with Eric Buddington on violin and calling by Tom Amesse, 2-5 pm, sponsored by Capital English Country Dancers

  • Saturday, March 16, Holliston, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/rh)
    Returning Heroes Ball: commemorate the American Civil War with an evening of 1860s contra-dances, quadrilles, waltzes and polkas, sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, with Eric Buddington on violin and dance instruction by Barbara Pugliese, 7:30-11 pm dance workshop 3-5 pm


    dance photo
  • Saturday April 13, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    8th Annual Grand Civil War Ball sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society, in the beautiful ballroom at the Century Club, with Eric Buddington on violin and precepting by Martha Griffin.

  • Sunday April 14, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    Victorian/Edwardian Fashion Show and Tea featuring the Ladies of Queen Victoria's Court, with incidental music by Spare Parts.

  • Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, Cape May, NJ (www.capemaymac.org/)
    Victorian Dance Weekend in Cape May's beautiful Victorian setting


  • Sunday to Thursday, May 5-9, Mackinac Island, MI (www.orgsites.com/ca/sdvdance/)
    San Diego Vintage Dance Week at the Grand Hotel: total immersion in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy dance classes and formal balls interspersed with music, lectures, and period activities. Teachers include Richard Powers, Marc Casslar, and Cathy Stephens, with music by Spare Parts.

  • Saturday, May 11, Hartford, CT (information: dancerhiker@yahoo.com)
    Afternoon rehearsal with Spare Parts for the evening Reel Nutmeg Ball

  • Saturday, May 11, Essex, CT (www.sailingmasters.org/)
    Regency Ball sponsored by the Sailing Masters of 1812, part of the annual Burning of the Ships commemoration


  • Sunday, June 9, Washingtonville, NY
    Wedding reception


  • Friday, July 5, Bennington, VT (www.benningtondance.org/)
    Bennington contra dance with George Wilson and calling by Luke Donforth

  • Friday, July 26, Greenfield, MA (http://guidingstargrange.org)
    Greenfield contra dance at the Guiding Star Grange with Eric Buddington and Hope Leary and calling by David Kaynor. We'll be bringing copies of Waltz Book 4 for sale!

  • Sunday, July 28, Colonie, NY (www.danceflurry.org/buhrmaster)
    Buhrmaster Barn contra dance with Eric Buddington and calling by Joe DePaolo


  • Thursday, Aug. 1, Concord, MA (www.neffa.org/Thurs.html)
    Contra dance at the Scout House with Eric Buddington and bassist Mark Murphy; calling by Steve Zakon-Anderson

  • Saturday, August 10, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    An Evening in Vienna, a 19th century summer ball: 22nd annual benefit dance for the Nahant Historical Society, with Eric Buddington on violin and Ben Bishop as prompter. Dancing from 7-10:30 pm; formal or semi-formal attire is requested, costumes of the 1860s through 1890s encouraged but not required

  • Sunday, August 11, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    Afternoon Concert and Tea with music by Spare Parts. Period attire is especially welcome

  • Saturday, August 17, Lenox, MA (www.lenoxcontradance.org/)
    Contradance at the Lenox Community Center, Liz and Bill with fiddler Eric Buddington and caller Quena Crain, 8:00-11:30 pm


  • Saturday, Sept. 14, Seattle, WA (http://store.dustystrings.com/)
    Workshops for musicians at Dusty Strings on playing waltzes: melody session 10:30am-12:30; backup session 1:30-3:30 pm; waltz jam 4pm

  • Friday, Sept. 20, Seattle, WA (http://seattledance.org/contra/emeraldcity)
    Emerald City contra with Ruthie Dornfeld on fiddle

  • Saturday, Sept. 28, Winsted, CT (http://ragtimeballwinstedct.weebly.com/)
    Ragtime Ball: travel back in time to when the U.S. entered the Great War; period attire (ca. 1917) encouraged to match the setting, the historic Winsted Elks Lodge


  • Sunday, Oct. 6, Wethersfield, CT (www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm)
    Mostly Waltz dance featuring waltzes, waltz mixers, and other couple dances (every 3rd tune is a tango, foxtrot, swing tune, or other couple dance),
    3-6 pm preceded by free lesson

  • Friday, Oct. 11, Worcester, MA (www.facebook.com/GreenHillParkCivilWarReenactment)
    1860s Military Gala Ball at the Worcester Historical Museum, part of the 2nd annual Green Hill Park Civil War Reenactment & Living History Weekend, with Eric Buddington and dance preceptor Barbara Pugliese, 6-9 pm

  • Saturday, Oct. 12, New Haven, CT (www.blank.org/susan/assembly)
    Eleventh annual Regency Assembly: lively dancing of the Jane Austen era, with Eric Buddington on violin and precepting by Susan de Guardiola, 7-10:30 pm; dance workshop 2-5 (free for ball participants)


  • Sunday, Nov. 2, Folsom, LA

  • Saturday, Nov. 9, Jamaica Plain, MA (www.lcfd.org/jp/)
    16th Annual Harvest Ball: Gender-role-free Victorian-era ball with calling by Chris Ricciotti: elegant, period, or festive attire encouraged but NOT required.Candlelit potluck supper 5:30 pm; dessert potluck about 9:30 pm; warmup waltzes at 7 p.m.; dance features elegant contras, squares and couple dances

  • Sunday, Nov. 10, Concord, MA (facone.org/programs/mostlywaltz.html)
    Mostly Waltz dance featuring waltzes and other couple dances, 2-5:30 pm


  • Friday, Dec. 6, Bennington, VT (www.benningtondance.org/)
    Contradance with Eric Buddington and caller Peter Stix

  • Saturday, Dec. 7, Montpelier, VT (capitalcitygrange.org/contradances)
    Contradance with Eric Buddington and caller Mary Wesley

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, North Adams, MA Storey Communications holiday party (duo Liz and Bill)

  • Saturday, Dec. 21, Salem, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/)
    Fezziwig's Ball: an evening of Dance and Merriment from the era of Dickens; costume from the lifetime of Dickens (1812-1870) or modern evening dress requested; sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, with Susan Conger on violin.
    6 pm lantern procession through Salem; 7-11 pm ball
Liz and Eric photo

view 2012 schedule

view 2011 schedule

return to Spare Parts home page