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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 Wurth

TIME: 8 - 10:30pm
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

April 1, 2017


8:00 - 11:00 pm
Adults $7
Ages 12-18 $4
Under 12 $3
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Fool's Ball / Bob Dalsemer & The Dog Branch Cats

Bob Dalsemer calling w/ The Dog Branch Cats (David Liden, Jan Davidson, Martha Owen, Zac Kilmer, Geraud Barralon & Annie Fain Barralon)

This special Saturday Night Dance Fool's Ball (amazingly landing exactly on April 1st!) will include some special treats including....

-Brasstown's colorful group of Morris Dancers and Band
-Cake Walk
-Baked Goods
-Magic Tricks!

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


April 15, 2017


8:00-11:00 pm
Adults $7
Ages 12-18 $4
Under 12 $3
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Contra & Square Dance with Anne Marie Walter & Groove Contraption

Anne Marie calls regularly in the Asheville area. She has a particular appreciation for energetic dances that flow. Whether the dance requires a bit of thinking or allows you to turn off your brain and just move to the music. She sees much of her job as becoming invisible, selecting the right dances that allow the band to shine. Accomplished in both Contra and English Country dances, she also enjoys the kind of community dances that appeal to families.

Groove Contraption hails from Spartanburg, South Carolina and play for dances regionally. They play a mix of contra dance standards, folk and lively celtic tunes.
Band members include:
Chris Liakos - Fiddle
Wes Maluk - Guitar
Clinton Ross - mandolin/mandola

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


April 28, 2017 — April 30, 2017


Tuition: $200
Instructors: Joanna Reiner & Brad Foster
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

English Country Dance Weekend

Join dance leaders Brad Foster & Joanna Reiner for a lovely weekend of English Country dance. Try dances from the elegant "Playford' dances of the 17th and 18th centuries to the entrancing village dances collected during the 20th century, as well as many inventive contemporary dances in English style. Dance to glorious live music by popular English Country dance bands, Old World Charm (Karen Axelrod, Rachel Bell & Susan Kevra) and Atossa Kramer & Mara Shea.

Also, enjoy our annual May Day parade, May Pole dance and a performance by our local Brasstown Morris dance teams. You will love this fun weekend of great dancing, beautiful surroundings, good food, comfortable accommodations and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Tuition is $200 plus housing and meals in a variety of options.

Some previous contra, international folk, or English Country dance experience is highly recommended for this weekend. This is not a beginner weekend.

For further program information email Annie Fain Barralon at dance@folkschool.org.

For questions about registration, room and board and travel, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH or see our web site: www.folkschool.org.

Joanna Reiner , a Philadelphia-based English Dance caller, is known for the clarity of her teaching and her dedication to encouraging people to become better dancers. Her calling has taken her from Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to Hey Days in the Bay Area of California, and from St. Croix to Hawaii. Joanna calls regularly for the Germantown Country Dancers, is an avid dance gypsy, and in her spare time, works to support her dance habit.

Brad Foster is executive and artistic director emeritus of the Country Dance and Song Society, an international organization with hundreds of local affiliates, including the Folk School. He has taught for over 40 years at numerous dance weekends, festivals, and camps across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Brad's enthusiasm and love of dancing shine through in his masterful teaching and calling.


5:30 Student Orientation
6:00 Supper
7:00 Introductions
7:30 Dance -
(7:45-8:45) Joanna with Mara & Atossa
(9:00-10:00) Brad with
Old World Charm School
10:00 Refreshments

7:45 Morningsong
8:15 Breakfast
9:00-10:15 Dancing with Brad, Mara & Atossa
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:45 Dancing with Joanna, Old World Charm School
11:45 Maypole Dance and Performances by Brasstown Morris Dancers
12:30 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Dancing with Brad, Old World Charm School
3:15-4:15 Dancing with Joanna, Mara & Atossa
4:45 Social Hour / Bring refreshments to share!
6:00 Supper
8:00 Dance
(8:00-9:20) Joanna w/ Old World Charm School
(9:40-11:00) Brad w/ Mara & Atossa
11:00 Refreshments

7:45 Morningsong
8:15 Breakfast (Please pack, vacate rooms before 9:00 am)
9:00-11:00 Farewell Dance
11:15 Student Crafts Exhibit
12:15 Lunch



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