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


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. Check our homepage for the current weekly schedule. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. Please arrive promptly at 7:00 pm.

NOTE: No Tuesday Night dances on Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 12, Dec. 19, or Dec. 26

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

Download our Community Dance Poster

January 1, 2017 — December 30, 2017


8 - 10:30 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 8pm until 10:30pm. 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."

Caller: Carl Dreher & Bob Dalsemer
Violin and piano music by Margie McDonald and Gretchen Wurth

TIME: 8 - 10:30pm
LOCATION: Keith House, Community Room

2017 DATES:
Jan 14
Feb 11
March 11
April 8
May 13
June 10
July 8
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 11
December 9

March 4, 2017


8-11 pm
adults $7
ages 12-18 $4
Under 12 $3
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.

March 10, 2017 — March 12, 2017


Go to: www.folkschool.org or call the front office for details, 828-837-2775
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Northwest Morris Dance Weekend

Instructor: Annie Fain Barralon

Northwest Morris is an English folk dance originating in the northwest of England, now danced in other parts of England and North America. This style makes use of slings and sticks and is typically danced in sets of eight dancers wearing wooden-soled clogs for a percussive sound, with attached "rubbers" to protect the floor. (Clogs optional this weekend.) Dancers of all levels are welcome, but be prepared for vigorous activity.


March 18, 2017


8:00-11:00 p.m.
Adults $7
Ages 12-18 $4
Under 12 $3
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Contra & Square Dance with Phil Jamison and Jenny & The Hog Drovers

Phil is a nationally known square-dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer who calls a mix of fun, fast-paced, old-time squares and Southern Appalachian big circle dances. A long-time member of the Green Grass Cloggers, his dancing was featured in the film "Songcatcher," for which he served as dance consultant. He is also a dance historian. From 1982 through 2004, Phil toured and played guitar with Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers. He now teaches mathematics and Appalachian music at Warren Wilson College near Asheville.

Jenny & The Hog Drovers are a hot old-time band comprised of students of Warren Wilson College in the Swannanoa Valley hear Asheville. Their band leader is the renowned square dance caller/flat footer/musician, Phil Jamison. Hoppin' foot-tappin' tunes are guaranteed!

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

April 1, 2017


8:00 - 11:00 pm
Admission: $5
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Fool's Ball

You've likely seen Brasstown's colorful group of Morris Dancers and heard their fabulous band. Perhaps you've watched them perform on the Festival Barn stage during the Folk School's annual Fall Festival, or seen them dancing in the streets of Murphy, or at the Folk School's annual kids' Christmas party.

For over two decades, the Brasstown Morris Dancers have charmed thousands of folks with their spirited dances, colorful costumes and silly and brave antics. They carry on the English tradition of dancing for the community, costumed in traditional (and not so traditional) attire with garlands, swords, sticks, and colorful rag coats.

Now's your chance to show your support for our beloved dancers. All proceeds from this event will go towards their fundraising efforts for their England trip this July to dance and learn from other Morris teams in England.

All ages are welcome to attend this fun evening at the Folk School on April 1, 2017. Admission is $5 and free for ages 12 and under.

You'll enjoy the contra dancing, live music, cake walks, tasty snacks, magic tricks. Don't miss this spectacular evening of fun and magic!


April 28, 2017 — April 30, 2017


Tuition: $200
Instructors: Joanna Reiner & Brad Foster
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

English Country Dance Weekend

Join dance leaders Brad Foster & Joanna Reiner for a lovely weekend of English Country dance. Try dances from the elegant "Playford' dances of the 17th and 18th centuries to the entrancing village dances collected during the 20th century, as well as many inventive contemporary dances in English style. Dance to glorious live music by popular English Country dance bands, Old World Charm (Karen Axelrod, Rachel Bell & Susan Kevra) and Atossa Kramer & Mara Shea.

Also, enjoy our annual May Day parade, May Pole dance and a performance by our local Brasstown Morris dance teams. You will love this fun weekend of great dancing, beautiful surroundings, good food, comfortable accommodations and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Tuition is $200 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.

Joanna Reiner , a Philadelphia-based English Dance caller, is known for the clarity of her teaching and her dedication to encouraging people to become better dancers. Her calling has taken her from Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to Hey Days in the Bay Area of California, and from St. Croix to Hawaii. Joanna calls regularly for the Germantown Country Dancers, is an avid dance gypsy, and in her spare time, works to support her dance habit.

Brad Foster is executive and artistic director emeritus of the Country Dance and Song Society, an international organization with hundreds of local affiliates, including the Folk School. He has taught for over 40 years at numerous dance weekends, festivals, and camps across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Brad's enthusiasm and love of dancing shine through in his masterful teaching and calling.


5:30 Student Orientation
6:00 Supper
7:00 Introductions
7:30 Dance -
(7:45-8:45) Joanna with Mara & Atossa
(9:00-10:00) Brad with
Old World Charm School
10:00 Refreshments

7:45 Morningsong
8:15 Breakfast
9:00-10:15 Dancing with Brad, Mara & Atossa
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:45 Dancing with Joanna, Old World Charm School
11:45 Maypole Dance and Performances by Brasstown Morris Dancers
12:30 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Dancing with Brad, Old World Charm School
3:15-4:15 Dancing with Joanna, Mara & Atossa
4:45 Social Hour / Bring refreshments to share!
6:00 Supper
8:00 Dance
(8:00-9:20) Joanna w/ Old World Charm School
(9:40-11:00) Brad w/ Mara & Atossa
11:00 Refreshments

7:45 Morningsong
8:15 Breakfast (Please pack, vacate rooms before 9:00 am)
9:00-11:00 Farewell Dance
11:15 Student Crafts Exhibit
12:15 Lunch



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