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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

September 22, 2018


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


Beth calls high-energy, turbocharged squares and smooth flowing contras. She is known for her quick no-nonsense walk throughs and effective teaching for both the newest dancers and the most seasoned of dancers. Beth’s dances are always a guaranteed whoop and aholler good time!

Margie and the Matchmakers. Bass: Geraud Barralon, experienced with multiple instruments and various traditional styles. Mandolin: Dawn Davis, talented multi-instrumentalist and composer. Guitar: Mike Robinson, known to locals as a good friend and valuable contributor to the folk school dance music scene. Margie McDonald, violinist as a child, turned fiddler in later life, who plays for both contra and English country dance.

October 6, 2018


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

Charlotte Crittenden with 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 is a New England-style contra dance band that plays a variety of dance music from Irish to old-time and Quebecois to original. The three musicians of Reelplay (Robbin Marcus (piano), Doug Olsen (mandolin) and Dave Marcus (concertina) have close to a century of experience in helping dancers find the rhythm and joy in contra and square dancing, and are known for their sense of fun as well as their lyrical, driving dance music. As dancers say throughout the Southeast, "Reelplay is real fine".

October 26, 2018 — October 28, 2018


8:00-11:00 pm
Adults $7
Ages 10-18 $5
Under 10 Free 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.


November 17, 2018


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

Bob Dalsemer and Charlotte Crittenden with Ed & Elsie

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.

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!

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 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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