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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
January 9, 2016 — December 10, 2016


8 - 10:30 pm
Admission: $7
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

English Country Dance Workshop 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."

Instructor: Carl Dreher
Violin and piano music by Margie McDonald and Gretchen Wurth

TIME: 8 - 10:30pm
LOCATION: Keith House, Community Room

2016 DATES:
February 20
March 19
April 16
May 14
June 25
July 9
August 20
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10

October 28, 2016 — October 30, 2016


Instructors: Susan Kevra, Tod Whittemore & John Krumm
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Fall Square Dance Weekend 2016

Join, not one, but THREE amazing callers for a wide range of square dance styles from various regions in U.S.: Susan Kevra, Tod Whittemore & John Krumm. Foot-stomping live music will be provided by the well-loved band, Evening Star (Steve Hickman, John Devine, and Claudio Buchwald, with Kevin Roop).

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. Tuition $200


5:30 Student Orientation
6:00 Supper
7:00 Introductions
7:15-10:00 Dance

9:00 - Handy Squares - John
10:00 Western Squares - Susan
11:00 Some Squares Dances & Their Tunes - Tod

12:15 pm Lunch

1:30 - "Le Poullailler" Quebecois Squares - John
2:30 - Mandnock Region Square Dances of the 60's & 70's - Tod
3:30 - Playford with a Touch of Appalachia: English Dances Inspired by Squares - Susan
4:30 - "Ask the Callers" Session

6:00 pm Supper
7:00 - Square Dance Videos (the Historical, the Serious & the Silly)
8:00-11:00 Dance (Halloween Costumes Encouraged!)

8:15 Breakfast
9:10 Singing Square Extravaganza & Farewell Dance
11:30 Closing Ceremony and Craft Class Exhibit

12:15 Lunch


October 29, 2016


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

HALLOWEEN COSTUME Dance with Susan Kevra, John Krumm & Tod Wittemore and Evening Star


Enjoy the calling of 3 different dance callers here to call for our annual Fall Square Dance Weekend. Susan Kevra, John Krumm and Tod Wittemore bring many years of calling experience and dance collecting between them. It's a great to treat to dance to all three of them in one night!

Evening Star is infamous in the contra and square dance community for being able to play anything the caller asks for in a way that makes dancers want to dance the night away! The band includes Folk School favorites Steve Hickman on fiddle, John Devine on guitar, Claudio Buchwald on fiddle/piano and Kevin Roop on banjo.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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

November 18, 2016 — November 20, 2016


Instructor: Bob Dalsemer & Charlotte Crittenden
Live Music: Ed Baggot & Elsie Peterson
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Learn to Contra Dance Weekend w/ Bob Dalsemer & Charlotte Crittenden

Join the friendly fun of contra dancing and discover why so many are enjoying this modern form of a centuries-old dance tradition. Contra dancing involves groups of couples in two long lines. After learning basic moves in this beginners' class with a master teacher, you'll be ready to participate in the Saturday night community dance. Singles and couples are welcome. Be prepared for moderate exercise.

Bob Dalsemer has been calling square, contra, and English country dances for more than 40 years. He has called throughout the U.S. and in Canada, England, Denmark, Belgium, Russia, and the Czech Republic. Bob's original dance compositions are danced at contra dances throughout the country. He is the author of "West Virginia Square Dances" and has collected traditional square dances in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. In 2011, Bob received the Country Dance and Song Society's Lifetime Contribution Award.

Charlotte Crittenden is famous in Brasstown for being able to do everything from call a great contra dance to build a rock wall to shear a sheep! She is fast becoming a popular regional caller, calling at Old Farmer's Ball, River Falls, Grey Eagle, Chattanooga, and Sautee. Charlotte is also assistant coordinator for Winter Dance Week, assistant instructor for many Folk School classes, and part owner of Brasstown’s local yarn and fiber supply shop, Yarn Circle.


November 19, 2016


8-11 pm
adults $7
ages 12-18 $4
Under 12 $3
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Contra & Square Dance with Bob Dalsemer & Ed Baggot and Elsie Peterson

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.

Huntsville, AL duo, 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.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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

December 17, 2016


Saturday 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Admission: Free!
Bring Dessert Potluck Dish to Share During the Break
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Holiday Contra & Square Dance Party 2016

Come celebrate the holidays with us on the dance floor!

Free admission!
Holiday treats potluck! Bring your favorite refreshment to share.

The calling and music will be a splendid array of local talent. Guest callers welcome (If you are interested in calling let us know in advance by emailing anniefain@folkschool.org).

Beginners, couples and singles are welcome.

December 26, 2016 — January 1, 2017


Standard Tuition: $398
Local Tuition: Call Front Office

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ! : Register on or before November 1 and get a special rate of $318!
Does not apply to other discounted registrations.
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Winter Dance Week

The Folk School's popular year-end folk dance & music celebration will feature American contras & squares, English country dancing, Scandinavian partner dance, Appalachian clogging, French Bal Folk, waltz & group harmony singing, jam sessions, yoga & more.

Ring in the New Year dancing to the glorious live music by SEAGLASS (Rachel Bell, Andrew VanNorstrand & Eileen Nicholson), FOXFIRE (Daron Douglas & Karen Axelrod), Beverly Smith & John Grimm and Char Bostrom.

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.


-Kalia Kliban
-Kathy Anderson
-Charlotte Crittenden
-Seaglass (Rachel Bell, Eileen Nicholson & Andrew VanNordstrand)
-Foxfire (Daron Douglas & Karen Axelrod)
-Roo Lester
-Larry Harding
-Char Bostrom
-Suzannah Park
-Nathan Morrison
-Beverly Smith
-John Grimm
-Annie Fain Barralon

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 Winter Dance Week for beginning dancers.

Standard Tuition: $398
Call the office for Local Tuition Rate

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! : Register on or before November 1st and get a special rate of $318!

Limited work exchange scholarships are available. Phone the office or email anniefain@folkschool.org to request a scholarship application.

Monday, Dec. 26th
3:00-5:30 pm Check-In
5:30 pm Staff Meeting
6:00 pm Supper
7:00 pm Introductions, Announcements, Singing
7:30 pm Dance


8:15-am Breakfast
Morning Contras - Kathy, Seaglass
Scandinavian Partner Dance Basics - Roo, Larry, Char
10:15 -10:45
Morningsong - Suzannah, Nathan
10:50 -12:00
Challenging English Country - Kalia, Foxfire
French Bal Folk Sampler - Annie Fain, Seaglass

12:15 pm Lunch

1:20-2:20 pm
English Country for Beginners & All - Kalia, Foxfire
Intro to Appalachian Clogging - Annie Fain, John, Beverly
2:30-3:30 pm
Afternoon Squares - Kathy, John, Beverly, Annie Fain
3:40-4:40 pm
World Song & Harmony Singing - Suzannah, Nathan
Waltz & Hambo - Roo, Larry, Char
4:50 -5:50 pm
Jam Session - John, Beverly
Yoga (Tues.-Fri.) - Hannah

6:00 pm Supper

7:15 pm Gathering w/ Suzannah, Nathan & Special Guest

8:00 - 11:00 pm Dance
(Wednesday 8:00-10:00)

8:00 - 10:00 pm English Dancing
(Sunday, Monday, Tuesday only)

11:00 pm Refreshments

Friday, Dec. 30 - THE BRASSTOWN FOLLIES (10:30-12:00)

Saturday, Dec. 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE (8:00 - 1:00)

Sunday, January 1, 2017
7:15 am Cold cereal and coffee available

December 26, 2016 — December 31, 2016


$10 for evening dances, Dec. 26-30
$15 for New Year's Eve Dance Party, Dec. 31
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Winter Dance Week Evening Dances

Evening dances during Winter Dance Week (Dec. 26-31) are open to our local dance community. There will be a mix of contras, squares and English country dances.

(EXPERIENCED Contra Dancers Only, Please. These dances coincide with our winter dance week. Thanks for your consideration.)

Dec. 26-Dec. 29, 8-11 pm
Admission: $10 per dancer, per night.

Dec. 30 - 8-10 pm
Admission: $10

New Year's Eve Dance!
Dec. 31 - 8pm-1am
Admission: $15


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John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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