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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
December 1, 2017 — December 30, 2018

Time:
Admission:

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Free Admission
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Beginner Contra & Square Dance Weekly Series

Free introduction to Contra, Square and Circle Dances to live music. Held almost every Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Keith House. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. Please arrive promptly at 7:00 pm.

NOTE: No Tuesday Night dances on Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 11, Dec. 18, or Dec. 25

Read more about dancing at the Folk School and other regional dances.

Download our Community Dance Poster


December 1, 2017 — December 30, 2018

Time:
Admission:

7:30 - 10:00 pm
Admission: $7
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


English Country Dance Series

Like a contra dance, each English Country dance is made up of short, fun, easy-to-learn figures. What really sets it apart is the music. It can be slow and elegant (dance like a Queen!) or quick and lively (dance like a Duke!) There is a definite air of sophistication and romance. More ballroom. Less barn.

The dances are held in the historic Keith House, with its beautiful wood floor, from 7:30 pm until 10:00pm. The first half of the evening consists of easy dances suitable for everyone, and all the figures will be taught. If you are a beginner and want to learn what English Country dancing is all about, be sure to come to the first half. The second half will include slightly more challenging dances for those with more dance experience."

Callers: Carl Dreher & Bob Dalsemer
Violin and piano music by Margie McDonald & Gretchen Mims

TIME: 7:30 - 10:00pm
ADMISSION: $7
LOCATION: Keith House, Community Room

2018 DATES:
January 13
February 17
March 10
April 7
May 19
June 9
July 7
August 18
September 15
October 13
November 10
No dance in December


January 20, 2018

Time:
Admission:

8:00-11:00 pm
Adults $7
Ages 10-18 $5
Under 10 Free Admission
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Contra Dance with Doug Singleton & Whistlin' Rufus

Doug, from Dahlonega, GA calls dances throughout the southeast. He is often accompanied by Whistlin' Rufus from North Georgia: Ann Whitley on fiddle, Peter Jenkins on guitar, Doug Olsen on mandolin, and Cindy Olsen on bass. A toe tappin' good time!


Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSbM-LlmBFA


February 10, 2018

Time:
Admission:

8:00-11:00 pm
Adults $7, Ages 10-18 $5, Under 10 Free Admission
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Contra & Square Dance with Fred Park and Funk & Sway

Fred Park has been calling dances for more than 35 years. Be it a regular community dance, a special event or an educational environment, you will find an energetic and eclectic approach to fun in his calling.

Fred will be joined by his musical buddies; Funk & Sway featuring Jack Burgess, Anne Griffey & Karen Koenig on fiddle, banjo, guitar and piano.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching.


February 16, 2018 — February 18, 2018

Time:
Admission:

Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Intro to Cape Breton Step Dance Weekend

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, is known for its irresistible dance music, and dance we shall! Cape Breton Step is a hard-shoe percussive dance form with Celtic roots, notable for its rhythmic footwork and relaxed demeanor. It is still performed today by dancers of all ages. Beginners, join the fun! This is a medium-impact dance, similar to light jogging in place for a short period.

Pearl Shirley of Black Mountain, North Carolina, picked up her first tiny violin at age 5 and has been fiddling and singing her way through life every since, especially at contra dances and folk concerts. She also teaches and performs Cape Breton percussive step dancing. Pearl raises her three children in the mountain homestead where she was born.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=20295


February 24, 2018

Time:
Admission:

8:00-11:00 pm
Admission:
Adults $7
Ages 10-18 $5
Under 10 Free Admission
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Contra & Square Dance with Laurie Fisher and The Stuff

Multi-talented Laurie Fisher has been entertaining dancers and inspiring musicians full-time for the past 17 years. She can fiddle, play piano, call dances, teach and enthuse with the best of them. The very thriving Asheville contra dance scene has been passionately influenced by her bands and music over the past 25 years. She is regionally well known as the fiddler for Boomchuck and Bareknuckle Quartet.

Nic Coker & Gretchen Caverly make up the Asheville based band The Stuff. Dancers will enjoy fiddle and guitar will some twin fiddle surprises!


March 9, 2018 — March 11, 2018

Time:
Admission:

Tuition: $212
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Scandinavian Dance Weekend: Waltz, Schottische, Hambo & More


Join us for an introduction to the rich variety of the dance and music of Scandinavia. Key themes will include developing balance, both alone and as part of a dancing couple, and learning to lead and follow. Our primary focus will be waltz, schottische, hambo, polka, mazurka, and some of the special regional dances from Norway and Sweden. Enjoy amazing live music by fiddler Char Bostrom, and expect lots of dancing! All levels welcome, singles and couples.

Roo is one of America’s foremost folk-dance instructors and authorities on Scandinavian folk dance, especially great with beginners! She began folk dancing as part of rainy-day PE at school. Her interest in Scandinavian dance was sparked by the Hambo and a college folk-dance class. These led to a Masters in Dance with a focus in Dance Ethnology from UCLA. She began teaching Scandinavian dance after studying with Ingvar and Jofrid Sodal during her first visit to the San Diego Folk Dance Conference. Roo's work in dance has taken many avenues, including teaching folk dance in public schools, dance camps, and workshops; performing/choreographing for performance groups; and directing dance camps.

Larry, husband and dance partner of Roo Lester, enjoys spreading the excitement of Scandinavian folk dance to others, and especially enjoys seeing beginners take to the floor!

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=20337


March 17, 2018

Time:
Admission:

8-11 pm
Adults $7; Ages 10-18 $5
Under 10 Free Admission
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Contra Dance with David Kaynor & Dave Marcus and Friends

David Kaynor is an internationally celebrated caller and fiddler from western Massachusetts.

Dave Marcus & Friends hail from Atlanta and are masters of great tune choices, masterful delivery and an all around good time.


March 31, 2018

Time:
Admission:

8:00-11:00 pm
Adults $7
Ages 10-18 $5
Under 10 Free Admission
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Contra & Square Dance with Anne Marie Walter & The Dog Branch Cats

Anne Marie calls regularly in the Asheville area. She has a particular appreciation for energetic dances that flow. Whether the dance requires a bit of thinking or allows you to turn off your brain and just move to the music. She sees much of her job as becoming invisible, selecting the right dances that allow the band to shine. Accomplished in both Contra and English Country dances, she also enjoys the kind of community dances that appeal to families.

The Dog Branch Cats were formed in 1992 with Bob Dalsemer and Jan Davidson, fiddles, Martha Owen, banjo and David Liden, guitar, Geraud Barralon on bass and Annie Fain Barralon on banjo uke. They play lots of danceable old time tunes along with some lively New England and Celtic reels.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching.


April 14, 2018

Time:
Admission:

8-11 pm
Admission:
adults $7
ages 10-18 $5
Under 10 Free Admission
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Contra & Square Dance with Bob Dalsemer & The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble

Bob Dalsemer has taught and called traditional contras and squares throughout the country for nearly 40 years. For the past decade he has been principal instructor at the annual Mountain Folk Festival in Berea, KY.

The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble was founded in the fall of 1999 to give Berea College students with background or potential in bluegrass music an opportunity to play in a "working" bluegrass band with weekly rehearsals, performances, travel, etc. Members are selected by audition, and typically remain with the group until they graduate from Berea College.


April 27, 2018 — April 29, 2018

Time:
Admission:

Tuition: $212
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


English Country Dance Weekend

Experience the joy of English country dancing from the "Playford" dances of the 17th and 18th centuries to the village dances collected during the 20th century, as well as many inventive contemporary dances in English style by choreographers from England, America, and Europe.

All dancing will be to glorious live music by Atossa Kramer, Mara Shea, and A Joyful Noise (Daniel Beerbohm, Barbara Greenberg, & Kathy Talvitie). Previous English country experience is required.

You will love this fun weekend of great dancing, beautiful surroundings, good food, comfortable accommodations and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Tuition is $212 plus housing and meals in a variety of options.

Some previous contra, international folk, or English Country dance experience is highly recommended for this weekend. This is not a beginner weekend.

For further program information email Annie Fain Barralon at dance@folkschool.org.

For questions about registration, room and board and travel, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH or see our web site: www.folkschool.org.

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BRUCE HAMILTON, Bruce from Menlo Park, CA, has taught English and Scottish country dancing in the Bay Area for over 40 years and he is currently one of the country’s premier English dance leaders. He has called all over North America, as well as in England, Australia, and Japan, and he currently serves as president of The Country Dance and Song Society. Bruce likes to focus his teaching on such style points as how to move well to music, how to recover from mistakes, and how to be a good partner.

PAT PETERSON is best known as a player and teacher of recorder and early music, but she has also enjoyed teaching and playing for English country dance for 35 years. She regularly leads the weekly Sun Assembly English Country Dance in Durham, NC, and has served two terms on the Country Dance and Song Society's board. Pat has taught ECD at Pinewoods and the Berea Christmas Country Dance School, as well as at early-music workshops (including Amherst Early Music), and at evening dances from Berkeley to Berea to Baltimore to NYC. Her early-music training gives her a unique understanding of how music and dance meet in a perfect marriage. Her teaching emphasizes connection, style, elegance, and FUN.

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WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY

5:30 Student Orientation
6:00 Supper
7:00 Introductions

7:30-10:00 Dancing!
10:00 Refreshments

SATURDAY

7:45 Morningsong
8:15 Breakfast
9:00-12:00 Dancing!

12:15 Lunch

1:30-4:00 Dancing!

4:30 Social Hour / Bring refreshments to share!

6:00 Supper

8:00-11:00 Dancing!

11:00 Refreshments

SUNDAY

7:45 Morningsong

8:15 Breakfast

9:00-11:00 Farewell Dance

11:15 Student Crafts Exhibit

12:15 Lunch

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=20449


May 12, 2018

Time:
Admission:

8:00-11:00 p.m.
Admission:
Adults $7
Ages 10-18 $5
Under 10 Free Admission
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Contra & Square Dance with Phil Jamison & Hoot and Hollar

The New Southern Ramblers are an old-time stringband who play hard driving Southern Appalachian music.

Hoot & Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. After spending the better part of 2016 living in a camper van while playing shows across the country, they now call Asheville, North Carolina their home. 

Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching early in the evening.

https://www.hootandhollermusic.com

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