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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 Mims

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

2017 DATES:
November 11
December 9

2018 DATES:
January 13
February 17
March 10
April 7
May 19
June 9
July 7
August 18
September 15
October 13
November 10
December 9

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

January 20, 2018


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

Contra Dance with Doug Singleton & Whistlin' Rufus

Doug, from Dahlonega, GA calls dances throughout the southeast. He is often accompanied by Whistlin' Rufus from North Georgia: Ann Whitley on fiddle, Peter Jenkins on guitar, Doug Olsen on mandolin, and Cindy Olsen on bass. A toe tappin' good time!

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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



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