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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
December 31, 2018 — December 30, 2019


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

2019 DATES:
January 19
February 16
March 30
April 27
May 25
June 22
July 27
August 17
September 14
October 12
November 16
No dance in December

December 31, 2018 — December 29, 2019


7-8 pm
Free Admission
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Tuesday Night Contra & Square Dances

Come dance with us almost every Tuesday night of the year!

Contra & Square dancing from 7-8pm in the Community Room of Keith House with a dance caller and live music. Free Admission and open to the public. An especially friendly and approachable evening for beginners.

June 17, 2019 — June 21, 2019


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

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!


July 6, 2019


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

Contra Dance w/ Jesse Edgerton & The Peachtree Serenaders

Jesse Edgerton, originally of Asheville, NC, is a hot young dance caller on the scene. He is known to call "bodacious" contra dances enjoyed by young and old.
Beginners should come promptly at 8 pm, since we start with easier dances and more teaching.

The Peachtree Serenaders will be bringing their blend of old time fiddle rags, swing clarinet, and Gypsy jazz. Ragtime pianist Mick Kinney and son Evan on fiddle performed often with clarinetist Stranger Malone who recorded the first Hillbilly Jazz in the 1920s . They are now joined by Dub Hudson on reeds, a member of the Peachtree Strutters traditional jazz ensemble since the 1950s. Going strong at 86, Dub has also played sax with countless R&B greats including Sam Cooke and Ray Charles so be ready to really swing your partner!

July 7, 2019 — July 13, 2019


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).


July 8, 2019 — July 12, 2019


8-10 pm
Free Admission
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Dance Musicians Week Nightly Dances

Our nightly dances during Dance Musicians Week are open to the public and free admission.

Staff and Student bands will provide the live music.


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