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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

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 School (Karen Axelrod, Rachel Bell & Susan Kevra) and Atossa Kramer & Mara Shea.

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 -
(7:30-8:40) Brad w/ Old World Charm School
(8:50-10:00) Joanna w/ Mara & Atossa

10:00 Refreshments


7:45 Morningsong

8:15 Breakfast

9:00-10:15 "Modern Reconstruction" w/ Brad, Old World Charm School

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 "Staying Still" w/ Joanna, Mara & Atossa

12:15 Lunch

1:30-2:45 "Pat Shaw - The Man Who Broke the Mold" w/ Brad, Mara & Atossa
2:45-4:00 "Old Friends & New Friends" w/ Joanna, Old World Charm School

4:30 Social Hour / Bring refreshments to share!

6:00 Supper

8:00 Dance

(8:00-9:20) Brad w/ Mara & Atossa
(9:40-11:00) Joanna w/ Old World Charm School

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


May 6, 2017


8-11 pm
adults $6
ages 12-18 $3
Under 12 $2
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Contra Dance with Doug Singleton & Emerald Isle

Doug Singleton is a long time caller who is an active, creative force in the Atlanta Contra Dance community.

Emerald Isle includes regional musicians Margie McDonald (fiddle ), Bill Porter (flute) and Gretchen Mims (piano). They offer a lovely combination of rhythm, tune choice and energy to keep dancers moving and happy.

May 20, 2017


8-11 pm
adults $7
ages 12-18 $4
Under 12 $3
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Contra & Square Dance with Clinton Ross and ContraForce

Clinton Ross is a North Carolina native who has been calling for 5 years. In addition to touring, he has been a local, rotational caller in Charlotte, Jonesborough and Harrisonburg, VA. Clinton lives facilitating the joy of dance to newcomers and experienced dancers alike.

ContraForce has one goal, and that is to rock out some fiddle tunes. This three-piece powerhouse packs the frenzied bowing arm of Andrae Raffield, the Donkey Kong slammin' palms of drummer and saxophone player Joey Dorwart, and the acoustic and electric guitar of Jimi Periano, into a hurricane of energetic contra music.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


June 3, 2017


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

Contra Dance with Chrissy Davis-Camp and Beside the Point

Chrissy Davis-Camp from Bell Buckle, TN has been a popular caller throughout the southeast and mid-west for more than 20 years. She is known for her clear teaching and large,excellent repertoire of contras, squares and circles.

Beside the Point includes band members Stven Carlberg (piano), Bob Kirkman (fiddle) and Nathalie Levine (fiddle). Their unstoppable double fiddling, all held down by solid rhythmic backup will have you jumping out of your seats for the next dance.

June 17, 2017


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

Contra & Square Dance with Jesse Edgerton and Boomchuck

Jesse Edgerton, originally of Asheville, NC, is a hot young dance caller on the scene. He is known to call "bodacious" contra dances enjoyed by young and old.

Boom Chuck is one of Asheville's hottest contra dance bands featuring Laurie Fisher (fiddle), Nic Coker (guitar) and Geraud Barralon (bass).

July 1, 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 Charlotte Crittenden and Turnip the Beet

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!

Turnip the Beet is a dance band duo from Nashville, Tennessee. Rooted in the traditions of Southern Appalachia and their local contra dances, Kelsey Wells and Jeremy Lekich combine fiddle, banjo, guitar, percussion, and the occasional mbira in an innovative and jubilant musical harvest. Expect to hear an organic mix of eclectic tunes from the American South, Ireland, Cape Breton, Quebec, and Scandinavia, as well as a half-bushel of grooving, homegrown originals.

Turnip the Beet is Kelsey Wells – fiddle, banjo, mbira, feet, vocals,
and Jeremy Lekich – guitar, octave mandolin, djembe, vocals.



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