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

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. 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

Time:
Admission:

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
ADMISSION: $7
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


July 1, 2017

Time:
Admission:

8:00-11:00 p.m.
Admission:
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.

https://turnipthebeetmusic.com


July 7, 2017 — July 9, 2017

Time:
Admission:

Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Beginning Appalachian Clogging Weekend


Beginning Appalachian Clogging Weekend w/ Emolyn Liden

Start a joyful hobby that is great exercise, too! Join your instructor, who has been dancing her entire life, to learn a variety of percussive steps and short group routines to wonderful, live fiddle music. You'll soon be dancing to your heart's content! The only requirement is a basic level of fitness to stand and be active for a couple of hours at a time.

Emolyn is a Brasstown native. Exposed constantly to traditional music and dance, she started clogging and contra dancing at a very young age and has not stopped pursuing her love of different forms of dance. She has danced with the Cane Creek Cloggers of Chapel Hill; the Green Grass Cloggers of Asheville; with fiddler Jamie Laval; with Cape Breton step-dancing team, The Twisty Cuffs; and currently teaches dance for kids in New Orleans.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=19703


July 15, 2017

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 Bob Dalsemer & Dance Musician's Week Instructors

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 and is the former Music & Dance Coordinator for the John C. Campbell Folk School.

Sue Songer was first hooked on contra dance music as a dancer in the mid 1980s. Since the early 1990s, she has played piano and fiddle in a number of contra and English bands at dances in her local area, as well as weekend and weeklong dance and music camps.

Betsy Branch is a contra and English country dance fiddler from Portland, Oregon. She teaches fiddle privately out of her home and is associate music director for the Portland Revels® theater company, where she arranges music for chorus and instruments. Her fiddling can be heard on a number of recordings - most recently "Midnight in Montague," a collection of fiddle duets with David Kaynor.

Peter plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin with the innovative Gaslight Tinkers in western Massachusetts and with the Beverwyck String Band around Albany, New York. He also performs extensively as a folk singer-songwriter and has shared the stage with such performers as Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary), Judy Collins, and Pete Seeger. He also recorded mandolin on Seeger's Grammy award-winning CD, "Tomorrow's Children."

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


July 29, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance with Scott Russell & Mick Kinney and The HickHoppers

Scott Russell has been a significant caller, musician and organizer on the Atlanta contra dance scene for many years. He's featured in the Learn to Contra Dance series on Youtube.

Mick Kinney & the HickHoppers come from Atlanta, GA area. They make an especially fun dance band because of the wide range of tunes styles they can play. Expect rags, blues and old-time tunes that simply make you want to dance!

Mick Kinney is truly a musician of many talents. He has worked with of Stranger Malone, John Hartford, Sarah Guthrie, Vic Chesnut, Victoria Williams and REM's Peter Buck. Along his musical journey, Mick has played stride piano at Manhattan's Swing 46 with veteran tap dancer Harold Cromer, fiddle with Creole jazzman Al Broussard in New Orleans French Quarter, and lap steel at Louisiana's Cajun Rendez-vous. He has performed at McCabe's in Los Angeles, the Bluebird in Nashville, and on NPR's Mountain Stage.

A native of Wisconsin, Mick has made his home in Atlanta since 1977. He currently tours with multi-lingual chanteuse Elise Witt, as well as with his swing string band the Gypsy Hicks and his old-time band the Georgia Crackers. He teaches fiddle, piano, guitar, banjo and music theory workshops regionally and is a recipient of the Georgia Council for the Arts Folklife Grant.

Beginners should arrive promptly at 8 pm. Easier dances with more teaching are called early in the evening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOES-aKrZJE


August 12, 2017

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 Beth Johnson & The Dog Branch Cats

Beth Johnson has been dancing and calling dances for 30+ years. She is part of our WNC community and has a sweet and clear calling style mixed with a good sense of humor. It's all about having a good ol' time!

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


August 26, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance with Bob Dalsemer & Blue Eyed Girl

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 and is the former Music & Dance Coordinator for the John C. Campbell Folk School.

Blue Eyed Girl is a dynamic group of three young women whose roots are deep in traditional music and dance. Their high-energy dance numbers, sweet Appalachian vocal arrangements, and old-time rhythmic flair draw from the music passed down to them from their families.

Pearl Shirley: fiddle & vocals
Laurel Willoughby: bass & vocals
Annie Fain Barralon: banjo, banjo uke & vocals
Geraud Barralon: guitar


September 8, 2017 — September 10, 2017

Time:
Admission:

Location:  Community Room, Keith House


French Bal Folk Dance Weekend

Join two dance instructors, one French and one married to a Frenchman, for a lovely weekend of traditional French dance to fantastic live music by international band, French Ida.

The dances will be a sampling from various regions of France, ranging from raucous to rhythmic, from circular in form to partner dances. (You do not need a partner.) Dances will be accessible, and all steps will be taught, but some previous dance experience is helpful. Be prepared for a moderate level of exercise.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=19872


September 9, 2017

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 Robin Marcus & French Ida

Robbin Marcus has called contras and squares all over the country at weekends and festivals and camps including Pinewoods. Her varied repertoire and excellent teaching are not to be missed!

French Ida hails all the way from France to play some great dance tunes for us Brasstown folks! Polo Burguiere (fiddle) and Nadine Marinelli (guitar) have performed traditional Appalachian, French, Irish and Cajun music internationally for more than thirty years. They are joined by long-time musicians and Brasstown locals, Geraud Barralon on bass & octave mandolin and Annie Fain Barralon on banjo & banjo uke.

http://www.idaredtrio.com


September 23, 2017

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 TBA and ContraForce

Caller To Be Announced

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.

https://youtu.be/crCauNJB4dw


October 7, 2017

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 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

Time:
Admission:

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.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=19995


October 28, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=19995


November 18, 2017

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 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

Time:
Admission:

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

Time:
Admission:

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 Swab, 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.

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YOUR ALL-STAR STAFF:

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

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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.

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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

DAILY SCHEDULE

8:15-am Breakfast
9:00-10:10
-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
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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
https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=20127

DANCE FIDDLE, DANCE! w/ Tom Morely
https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=20087

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=20019


December 26, 2017 — December 31, 2017

Time:
Admission:

$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.)

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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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