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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
January 1, 2015 — December 31, 2015


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.

No Tuesday night dances on the following dates in 2015:
-Nov. 24
-Dec. 1
-Dec. 15
-Dec. 22
-Dec. 29

April 4, 2015


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

Contra Dance with Andrea Nettleton and Free Association

Andrea Nettleton is a new caller who is making a name for herself at dances throughout the region including Atlanta, Chattanooga and River Falls.

Free Association is a terrific new band from Atlanta features Bob Kirkman (fiddle), Stven Carlberg (piano) and Bill Porter (flute)

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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

April 18, 2015


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

Contra & Square Dance with Chrissy Davis Camp & Ed Baggot and Elsie Peterson

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.

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.

May 1, 2015 — May 3, 2015


Tuition: $200
Instructors: Joanna Reiner & Bob Dalsemer
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

English Country Dance Weekend

Enjoy a glorious weekend of English Country Dancing from the "Playford" dances of the 17th and 18th centuries to the village dances collected during the 20th century, as well as the many inventive contemporary dances in English style by choreographers from England, America and Europe.

We’ll dance to glorious live music all weekend provided by popular English Country Dance musicians Jonathan Jensen, Mary Lea and Susan Kevra along with Mara Shea and Atossa Kramer.

Some previous contra, international folk, or English Country dance experience is highly recommended for this weekend.

For further program information email Annie Fain Barralon at anniefain@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.

Bob Dalsemer has been calling for more than 40 years throughout the U.S. and in Canada, England, Denmark, Belgium, Russia, and the Czech Republic. In 2011, he received the Country Dance and Song Society's Lifetime Contribution Award.


5:30 Student Orientation
6:00 Supper
6: 45 Introductions
7:30 Dance -
(7:30-8:50) Bob with Mara & Atossa
(9:10-10:30) Joanna with Jonathan, Mary & Susan
10:30 Refreshments

7:45 Morningsong
8:15 Breakfast
9:00-10:15 Dancing with Bob, Mara & Atossa
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:45 Dancing with Joanna, Jonathan, Mary & Susan
11:45 Maypole Dance and Performances by Brasstown Morris Dancers
12:30 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Dancing with Bob, Jonathan, Mary & Susan
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 with Mara & Atossa
(9:40-11:00) – Bob with Jonathan, Mary & Susan
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


May 9, 2015


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

Contra & Square Dance with Terry Doyle & Blue Eyed Girl

Terry Doyle is an accomplished caller who travels extensively to call across the country. In quoting the organizers of the Old Farmer’s Ball in Asheville, “Terry is a crowd favorite!”

Blue Eyed Girl is a dynamic group of young women whose roots are deep in traditional music and dance. Their high-energy dance tunes, sweet Appalachian vocal arrangements, and old-time rhythmic flair draw from the music passed down to them from their families.

Pearl Shirley; fiddle
Annie Fain Barralon; banjo & banjo uke
Laurel Willoughby; upright bass
Geraud Barralon; guitar

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


May 23, 2015


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

Contra Dance with Vicki Herndon and The Nashville Ceili Band

Vicki Herndon from Ringgold, GA is a popular caller at dances and festivals throughout the southeast. Her enthusiasm is contagious!

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.


June 6, 2015


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

Contra & Square Dance with Susan Michaels and Gypsy Stars

Susan Michaels hails from Los Angeles, California and has been calling contra, square, and family dances all over the western U.S. for the last 25 years. Susan offers dances that are smooth, interesting, and fun with clear, efficient instruction and a quirky sense of humor. She believes her "calling" in life is to facilitate the joy of the dancers.

The Gypsy Stars started as a band dedicated to bringing the traditional New England contra dance sound of fiddle and piano to West Virginia. Rita Ray plays a solid, yet imaginative piano accompaniment along with Paul Epstein on fiddle.

The Gypsy Stars have been playing Contra dances since at least 2005, mostly for FOOTMAD (Charleston, WV Friends of Old Time Music and Dance), but they've also played in Columbus, OH and Charlottesville, VA.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


June 21, 2015 — June 27, 2015


Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Bob Dalsemer's Annual Dance Callers' Workshop 2015

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 various styles of traditional square dance calling. Two daily practice sessions with a group of dancers and nightly public dances ensure plenty of microphone time. Limited to 6 students.


July 10, 2015 — July 12, 2015


Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Continuing Clogging

If you have already taken beginning clogging, or have previous percussive dance experience, this class is for you. The driving rhythms and beautiful style of Appalachian flatfooting will be our focus. Learn specific techniques and steps that will allow you to make crisp sounds and forge a strong connection to the music. The footwork will be made highly approachable, so have no fear - we will have a grand time marching towards clogging greatness!

Ellie was born into a deep musical tradition and began her lifelong love affair with Appalachian clogging at the ripe-old age of 5. She has spent her life performing professionally as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer. She has toured nationally and internationally with her sister duo (Leela and Ellie Grace), The Grace Family (in her childhood), Dirk Powell, old-time trio Blue Eyed Girl, and several percussive dance companies. Ellie is an experienced and passionate teacher who has taught at camps, schools, and festivals over 20 years. In 2013, she was one of only four accepted into the MFA in Dance program at Smith College in Massachusetts.


December 26, 2015 — January 1, 2016


Standard Tuition: $376
Local Tuition: $188

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ! : Register on or before November 1 and get a special rate of $300! 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, waltz & partner dance technique, Irish dance sampler & group singing, jam sessions & yoga.

Ring in the New Year dancing to the glorious live music by Maivish (Adam Broome, Jaige Trudel & Matthew Olwell), The Canote Brothers, A Joyful Noise (Barbara Greenberg, Kathy Talvitie & Daniel Beerbohm) and DoubleDate (Members of A Joyful Noise joined by Bob Pasquarello)!

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.


Your All-Star staff:

-Maivish : Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome, Matthew Olwell
-A Joyful Noise : Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm, Kathy Talvitie
-Susan Kevra
-David Millstone
-Emily Oleson
-Greg & Jere Canote
-Charlotte Crittenden
-Bob Pasquarello
-Carl Dreher

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: $376
Local Tuition: $188

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! : Register on or before November 1 and get a special rate of $300!

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

Tentative Daily Schedule:

8:15 Breakfast

Warmup Stretches - Emily
Challenging English Country - David, A Joyful Noise
Partner Dance Bootcamp - Emily, Matt, Jaige, Bob
10:15 -10:45
Morningsong - Canote Brothers
10:50 -12:00
Contras & Squares - Susan, DoubleDate

12:15 Lunch

English Country for All - Susan, A Joyful Noise
Irish Dance Sampler - Emily, Maivish
Contras & Squares - David, Maivish
Songs from the English Tradition - Adam
Wonderful Waltz Workshop - Emily, Matt, Bob
Red Hot Rapper Sword - TBA
4:50 -5:50
Jam Session - Canote Brothers
Yoga (Sun.-Wed.) - Hannah
Alexander Technique for Dancers & Musicians - Jaige

6:00 Supper

Gathering with Canote Brothers & Special Guest

8:00 - 11:00
Dance - (Sunday 8:00-10:00)
8:00 - 10:00
English Dancing - Music Studio (Saturday, Sunday, Monday only)
11:00 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 30 - THE BRASSTOWN FOLLIES with Carl Dreher (10:30-12:00)

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


1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724)
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