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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 No Dance, Campus Closed

October 7, 2017


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

Contra & Square Dance with Charlotte Crittenden & Reelplay

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!

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

October 27, 2017 — October 29, 2017


Instructors: Janine Smith & Bob Dalsemer
Live Music: Evening Star (Steve Hickman, John Devine, Claudio Buchwald & Jim Holland)
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Fall Square Dance Weekend 2017

Join, not one, but TWO amazing callers for a wide range of square dance styles from various regions in U.S.: Janine Smith & Bob Dalsemer. Foot-stomping live music will be provided by the well-loved band, Evening Star (Steve Hickman, John Devine, and Claudio Buchwald, with Jim Holland).

All dances will be taught and walked through in advance. The weekend also includes "Ask the Caller" sessions and free entry to our annual Halloween community dance on Saturday night.

Some previous contra or square dance experience is recommended. Singles and couples welcome.


October 28, 2017


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

HALLOWEEN COSTUME Dance with Janine Smith, Bob Dalsemer and Evening Star

Halloween Costumes Encouraged!

Enjoy the calling of 2 different dance callers here to call for our annual Fall Square Dance Weekend. Janine Smith & Bob Dalsemer bring many years of calling experience and dance collecting between them. It's a great to treat to dance to all three of them in one night!

Evening Star is infamous in the contra and square dance community for being able to play anything the caller asks for in a way that makes dancers want to dance the night away! The band includes Folk School favorites Steve Hickman on fiddle, John Devine on guitar, Claudio Buchwald on fiddle/piano and Jim Holland on banjo.


November 18, 2017


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

Contra Dance with Bob Dalsemer & Charlotte Crittenden with Ed Bagott & Elsie Peterson

Bob Dalsemer has called in over 30 states and half a dozen foreign countries. In 2011 he received the Country Dance & Song Society's Lifetime Contribution Award.

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!

Huntsville, AL duo, 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 16, 2017


Saturday 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Admission: Free!
Bring Dessert Potluck Dish to Share During the Break
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Annual Holiday Contra/Square Dance & Dessert Potluck 2017

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 anniefain@folkschool.org).

Beginners, couples and singles are welcome.

December 26, 2017 — January 1, 2018


Standard Tuition: $398
Local Tuition: Call Front Office
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Winter Dance & Music Week

The Folk School's popular year-end folk dance & music celebration will feature American contras & squares, English country dancing, Partner Dance Technique, Cross-step Waltz, Percussive Dance, Rapper Sword & group harmony singing, jam sessions, yoga & more.

Ring in the New Year dancing to the glorious live music by Mary Lea, Daniel Beerbohm & Jacqueline Schwab, Foxfire (Daron Douglas & Karen Axelrod) and the Canote Brothers.

Winter Dance Week offers a unique combination of top-notch callers, teachers, and musicians - along with beautiful surroundings, good food, comfortable accommodations, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

A Gala New Year's Eve party and New Year's morning breakfast will finish off the week.


-David Millstone
-Mary Wesley
-Richard Powers
-Gillian Stewart
-Charlotte Crittenden
-Mary Lea
-Daniel Beerbohm
-Jacqueline Schwab
-Foxfire (Daron Douglas & Karen Axelrod)
-The Canote Brothers
-Annie Fain Barralon

Participants should have previous contra dance and/or English country dance experience (such as our "Learn to Contra Dance" class or the equivalent). We do not recommend Winter Dance Week for beginning dancers.

Standard Tuition: $398
Call the office for Local Tuition Rate

Limited work exchange scholarships are available. Phone the office or email anniefain@folkschool.org to request a scholarship application.

Monday, Dec. 26th
3:00-5:30 pm Check-In
5:30 pm Staff Meeting
6:00 pm Supper
7:00 pm Introductions, Announcements, Singing
7:30 pm Dance


8:15-am Breakfast
-Morning Contras & Squares - Mary W., Mary L., Daniel & Jacqueline
-Percussive Dance Sampler - Gillian Stewart
10:15 -10:45
Morningsong - The Canote Brothers
10:50 -12:00
Challenging English Country - David, Foxfire
A Variety of Couple Dances & Techniques - Richard, Mary L, Daniel & Jacqueline

12:15 pm Lunch

1:20-2:20 pm
English Country for Beginners & All - David, Foxfire
Rapper Sword - Gillian
2:30-3:30 pm
Afternoon Contras & Squares - Mary W., Canote Brothers and Annie Fain
3:40-4:40 pm
Crossstep Waltz Workshop - Richard, Mary L., Daniel & Jacqueline
4:50 -5:50 pm
Jam Session - Canote Brothers
Yoga (Wed.-Sat.) - Hannah

6:00 pm Supper

7:15 pm Gathering w/ Canote Brothers & Special Guest

8:00 - 11:00 pm Dance
(Friday 8:00-10:00)

8:00 - 10:00 pm English Dancing
(Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

11:00 pm Refreshments

Saturday, Dec. 30 - THE BRASSTOWN FOLLIES (10:30-12:00)

Sunday, Dec. 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE (8:00 - 1:00)

Monday, January 1, 2018
7:15 am Cold cereal and coffee available

For the first time ever, we are offering two all day, music classes that will run simultaneously to Winter Dance Week. All music students are invited to participate in evening gatherings, the Brasstown Follies and dances (NOTE: A great deal on tuition! $398)

BAND WORKSHOP w/ Mick Kinney



December 26, 2017 — December 31, 2017


$10 for evening dances, Dec. 26-30
$15 for New Year's Eve Dance Party, Dec. 31
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Winter Dance Week Evening Dances

Evening dances during Winter Dance Week (Dec. 26-31) are open to our local dance community. There will be a mix of contras, squares and English country dances.

(EXPERIENCED Contra Dancers Only, Please. These dances coincide with our winter dance week. Thanks for your consideration.)

Dec. 26-Dec. 29, 8-11 pm
Admission: $10 per dancer, per night.

Dec. 30 - 8-10 pm
Admission: $10

New Year's Eve Dance!
Dec. 31 - 8pm-1am
Admission: $15


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