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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
December 31, 2018 — December 29, 2019

Time:
Admission:

7-8 pm
Free Admission
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Tuesday Night Contra & Square Dances

Come dance with us almost every Tuesday night of the year!

Contra & Square dancing from 7-8pm in the Community Room of Keith House with a dance caller and live music. Free Admission and open to the public. An especially friendly and approachable evening for beginners.


December 31, 2018 — December 30, 2019

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

2019 DATES:
January 19
February 16
March 30
April 27
May 25
June 22
July 27
August 17
September 14
October 12
November 16
No dance in December


September 21, 2019

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 Jack Mitchell & ContraForce

Jack is a contra and square dance caller and dancer based in Durham, NC. He recently celebrated his 25th year of contra dancing (having been dragged off to a dance the summer after his freshman year in High School).

While in Knoxville, TN he got interested in calling, has been calling on a regular basis since around 2002. Since then, he has called in 22 different states and has become known for his fast walkthroughs, clear calling, and for his ability to match dances to the ability of the crowd.

Charleston-based quartet ContraForce may be deeply rooted in traditional folk music and the contra dance scene, but when it comes to composing and recording their own tunes, they certainly don?t shy away from musical experimentation.?
Fiddler Andrae Raffield, Percussionish/handpan/saxophonist Joey Dorwart, guitarist Jimi ?Two Nails? Peirano, and Vocalist Karin Mcquade have collaborated on old standards and new originals, working in and around the Celtic and Appalachian folk styles normally featured at contra dances. Karin McQuade has been an enchanting vocal element, joining a few years after the band formed.

http://contraforce.fourfour.com


October 5, 2019

Time:
Admission:

Time: 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 Bob Dalsemer & Reelplay

Bob Dalsemer has been calling square, contra, and English country dances for more than 40 years. He has called throughout the U.S. and in a number of foreign countries. In 2011, Bob received the Country Dance and Song Society's Lifetime Contribution Award. He served as the Folk School?s Music and Dance Coordinator for 22 years until his retirement in 2013.

Reelplay, also joining us from the Atlanta area, includes Dave Marcus on concertina & hammered dulcimer, Doug Olsen on mandolin and Robbin Marcus on piano.


November 9, 2019

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 KYLE JOHNSTON W/ WINDMILL

Kyle Johnston is a caller originally from central North Carolina, and has called contras, squares, and other community dances at local and regional dances, as well as at a variety of festivals in NC and abroad. Kyle tends to program high energy dances, and likes to throw in something different every now and then to keep dancers on their toes! Kyle started dancing and calling in Raleigh, NC when he found the NC State Contra Club. It still remains one of his favorite places to dance and call. Kyle is a leader and educator in the folk community, being a clogger, flatfooter, musician, and shape note singer. Kyle considers music and dance to be an integral part of his life and is always on the lookout for something new to learn, opportunities to teach something new, and introducing people to the traditions he loves. Although formerly from Durham, NC, Kyle now resides and works as a local in Hiawassee, GA.Windmill is comprised of Steve Trismen and Laurie Fisher.

Steve Trismen started playing violin in grade school and has been improvising in folk and jazz styles since his college days in upstate New York. He lived for 16 years in Boulder, Colorado playing with Country , Cajun, and Rock dance bands. Living now in Weaverville, North Carolina, he is a member of the rock group Jupiter Coyote, acoustic swing group One Leg Up, and contra dance duo Windmill.

Perennial musician, fiddler Laurie Fisher has been playing and calling for contradances since 1983. Her band The String Beings was featured at dance weekends and contra tours thruout the nineties. She also performs on fiddle and other instruments in Swing, Cajun, Celtic and other stage shows. She provides the motive force for Windmill's energetic traditional contradance sound on piano or keyboard. In addition she teaches music lessons (Folk school later this year). She also created and produced the Asheville Contradance and the Asheville Summer Soiree until retiring from dance production in 2003.


November 23, 2019

Time:
Admission:

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


Bob Dalsemer and Charlotte Crittenden with Ed & Elsie

Bob Dalsemer has been calling square, contra, and English country dances for more than 40 years. He has called throughout the U.S. and in a number of foreign countries. In 2011, Bob received the Country Dance and Song Society's Lifetime Contribution Award. He served as the Folk School?s Music and Dance Coordinator for 22 years until his retirement in 2013.


Charlotte Crittenden is fast becoming a popular regional caller who has recently called at Old Farmer's Ball, River Falls, Grey Eagle, Chattanooga and Sautee. Her enthusiasm is contagious!

Ed Baggott and Elsie Peterson on fiddle and piano have been playing dances across the country for well over a decade. They combine music from both traditional and contemporary sources and bring a unique, rich, and unusually diverse repertoire of tunes to the dance floor.


December 21, 2019

Time:
Admission:

Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Annual Holiday Contra/Square Dance & Dessert Potluck 2019

Come celebrate the holidays with us on the dance floor!

Free admission!
Holiday treats potluck! Bring your favorite refreshment to share.

The calling and music will be a splendid array of local talent. Guest callers welcome (If you are interested in calling let us know in advance by emailing ted@folkschool.org).

Beginners, couples and singles are welcome.

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