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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
December 1, 2017 — December 30, 2018

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. 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

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

Download our Community Dance Poster


December 1, 2017 — December 30, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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
ADMISSION: $7
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


May 26, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance with Janet Shepherd and The Mountain Creek Boys

Janet Shepherd from Atlanta is one of the most popular callers in the southeast, Her enthusiasm is contagious and her clear teaching makes dancing a pleasure for beginners and experienced dancers alike.

For more than a decade, The Mountain Creek Boys (Mike Robinson - fiddle, and Bryant Haynes - guitar) have laid down the beat for contra dances in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina with a combination of styles including Old Time, Celtic, traditional, and the like.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


June 16, 2018

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 Jacob LeGrone and Boomchuck

Jacob LeGrone first discovered contra dancing at the John C. Campbell Folk School over 16 years ago. While attending college at the University of South Carolina, Jacob founded the Carolina Contra Club. When the Carolina Contra Club wanted to put on its own dance but did not have the budget to hire a caller, Jacob began teaching himself to call. As of now, he has called dances at a number of locations, including Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Brasstown NC, Columbia and Leesville SC, Los Angeles CA, Madison WI, Jonesboro TN, and Glen Echo MD.

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

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


June 17, 2018 — June 23, 2018

Time:
Admission:

Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Dance Callers Workshop w/ Diane Silver & Steve Hickman and John Devine

This class is intended for contra dance callers who have already done some calling and are experienced dancers. Emphasis is on program planning, teaching techniques, working with beginners, and effectively using live music. Individualized instruction can also include calling squares and English country dances, as well as calling for family dances, schools, camps, weddings, etc. Two daily practice sessions with a group of dancers and nightly public dances ensure plenty of microphone time. Limited to 6 students.
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For Little/Middle family members and Folk School Guests... Help Wanted! We have a workshop for contra, square, and English country dance callers this week, which provides a unique opportunity for you while the kids are in class. Join the Dance Callers for two 90-minute practice sessions of contra and square dancing each day, with wonderful live music. No previous dance experience is necessary. Callers' class members will welcome your participation and will teach you everything you need to know. It's fun and great exercise, too!

We will also have nightly dances this week that are open to everyone -- along with many other dance opportunities throughout the year!

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=20580


June 18, 2018 — June 23, 2018

Time:
Admission:

7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday
after the concert Friday night
Admission Free.
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Evening Dances During Little/Middle Week

Evening Dance During Little/Middle Week from 7-9 pm Monday-Thursday nights and after the concert Friday night. Beginners and experienced dancers welcome. Beginners are advised to arrive promptly at 7 pm.


June 30, 2018

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 Clinton Ross & Mick Kinney and the Hickhoppers

Clinton 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.

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!


July 7, 2018 — July 13, 2018

Time:
Admission:

8-10 pm / Monday-Thursday
Friday, after the concert.
Admission free
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Evening Dances During Dance Musicians' Week

Enjoy free dances all this week with instructors and class members from our Dance Musicians' Week.

The dances will be Monday through Thursday 8-10pm and after the Friday night concert around 8:30-ish. Beginners and experienced dancers welcome. Beginners are advised to arrive promptly at the starting time.


July 8, 2018 — July 14, 2018

Time:
Admission:

Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Dance Musicians' Week

Instructors: David Kaynor, Sue Songer, Peter Siegel & Betsy Branch

Enjoy this fun-filled week devoted to learning and improving techniques of playing and arranging music for traditional contra, square, and couple dancing. Class time includes slow-tune jams, ensemble playing, instructor presentations, tutorials, discussions, and dancing. Instructors and students also play for public dances on four nights. Instruction is oriented toward those who can play or accompany some tunes on their instruments and who are familiar with contra dance music (Levels 3 & 4; Intermediate to Advanced). For planning purposes, please register by May 15th, if possible.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=18463


July 14, 2018

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 27, 2018 — July 29, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=20743


July 28, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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

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 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, a visceral pulse, and a haunting sound as old as the hills; music to delight the soul and inspiring to dance to. These accomplished musicians have played for many years at concert halls, festivals, pubs, and recording studios from New England to Texas to Alaska. 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

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 & 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

https://blueeyedgirlnc.wordpress.com/about/


September 8, 2018

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 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.

http://contraforce.fourfour.com


October 26, 2018 — October 28, 2018

Time:
Admission:

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.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=21008

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