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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
January 1, 2018 — December 31, 2018


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. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. Please arrive promptly at 7:00 pm.

NOTE: No Tuesday Night dances on Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 11, Dec. 18, or Dec. 25. Also, on July 10, the dance will begin at 8 p.m. during Dance Musicians' Week.

Read more about dancing at the Folk School and other regional dances.

Download our Community Dance Poster

January 1, 2018 — December 31, 2018


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
LOCATION: Keith House, Community Room

2018 DATES:
January 13
February 17
March 10
April 7
May 19
June 9
July 7
August 18
September 15
October 13
November 10
No dance in December

July 27, 2018 — July 29, 2018


Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Waltz Workshop: Basics & Beyond

Gaye Fifer and live music by Paul Moore

Enjoy a weekend of American folk waltz (rather than Viennese or ballroom), similar to what is often seen at a contra dance. Start with the basics, or move beyond what you already know, with an instructor who has been teaching waltz for 20 years. This beautiful couple dance done in 3/4 time is very approachable, with lots of room for more advanced “tricks." Connection with your partner and the music will be emphasized (no partner necessary to attend), as well as good communication between the lead and the follow. Live music provided by Paul Moore on piano.


July 28, 2018


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

Contra/Square Dance Gaye Fifer w/ Paul Moore, Gretchen Caverly & David DiGuissepe

Gaye lives in Pittsburgh, PA, when she's not traveling around the country to dance. She has been teaching waltz for 20 years in her local area and at contra dance weekends around North America. As a retired school teacher, Gaye's instruction is clear and accessible to both beginners and intermediate waltzers.

Glorious live music by Paul Moore on Piano, Gretchen Caverly on fiddle & David DiGuissepe on accordion

August 11, 2018


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

Contra Dance with Chrissy Davis-Camp and Nashville Ceilidh Band

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.

Nashville Ceili Band is Bill Verdier on fiddle, Bill Wolfe on flute, whistles, and accordion, Frances Cunningham on tenor banjo, mandolin, and bouzouki, and Anne Hoos on piano. The quartet joyfully performs tunes from Ireland, Scotland, New England, Appalachia, and Quebec with a crisp and lively rhythm. They were drawn to share their passion for traditional music as a dance band in 2000 and soon became a favorite on the Southeastern dance circuit.

August 25, 2018


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 & Blue Eyed Girl

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!

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
Ellie Grace: guitar, mandolin & vocals


September 8, 2018


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

Contra & Square Dance with Jack Mitchell & ContraForce

Jack Mitchell is a contra and square dance caller and dancer based in Durham, NC. 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 16 different states and has become known for his fast walkthroughs and clear calling.

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.


October 26, 2018 — October 28, 2018


Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Fall Square Dance Weekend 2018

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

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.


December 26, 2018 — January 1, 2019


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

Winter Dance & Music Week

Ring in the New Year at the Folk School! This popular year-end traditional dance and music celebration will feature American contras & squares, English country dancing, an American vernacular dance sampler, percussive dance, waltz, group singing, jam sessions, and more. LIVE MUSIC will be provided by Bruce Rosen, George Wilson, David DiGiuseppe, Mara Shea, Roger Gold, and Aaron Olwell.

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.

- Sue Rosen
- Kalia Kliban
- Emily Oleson
- Erynn Marshall
- Carl Jones

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 this 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 Music & Dance Coordinator, Ted Cooley, at ted@folkschool.org to request a scholarship application.


Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018
3:00-5:30 p.m. Check-In
5:30 p.m. Staff Meeting
6 p.m. Supper
7 p.m. Introductions, Orientation, Singing
8 p.m. Dance


Sunday, Dec. 30 - THE BRASSTOWN FOLLIES (10:30 p.m. until...)

Monday, Dec. 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE (8 p.m. - 1 a.m.). Wear festive party attire -- comfortable for dancing, of course!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
7:15 a.m. - cold cereal & coffee available
Mid-morning - brunch, followed by departures

We now offer a Music class that runs simultaneously to Winter Dance Week. All Music students are invited to participate in evening gatherings, the Brasstown Follies, and dances. (NOTE the great deal on tuition this week -- $398!)

Peter Thomas & David Peters
Four fingers, four strings - we were made to play ukulele. Whether you're a complete novice, or know a bit about the uke and want to take your playing to the next level, join us! Tin Pan Alley, country, folk, rock, and more styles - this instrument can handle them all. We'll focus on basic chords, build chords into families, and explore how music works in general, all the while singing and strumming fun songs like “Five Foot Two,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and many more. (Don’t want to sing? Just have fun strumming along.) Fun is the most important part!

To register for the Music class, click on "Find a Class" at the top of the webpage and search for 12/26/18 Music by Subject or Date -- or call 1-800-365-5724.

Click here for Winter Dance Week registration, or call the office # above.



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