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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

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 Charlotte Crittenden and Gypsy Stars

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!

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 20, 2015


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

Contra & Square Dance with Jack Mitchell & Jamie Laval and Roger Gold

Jack Mitchell is a contra and square dance caller and dancer based in Durham, NC. While in Knoxville, TN he got interested in calling, has been calling on a regular basis since around 2002. Since then, he has called in 16 different states and has become known for his fast walkthroughs and clear calling.

Jamie Laval is one of the premier Celtic fiddlers on the international scene today. Based in Asheville, he plays to rapt concert audiences throughout the country. His contra dance repertoire includes a wide variety of tunes from Scotland, Ireland, England, Quebec and Appalachia.

Roger Gold grew up surrounded by music. His parents and older sister all sing and play various instruments. He knew at the age of six that he wanted to play guitar and persisted until his parents found a teacher. His interests took his guitar playing from the ever present folk, through electric teen-age-rock, to Traditional, Celtic, and more. He likes to "play" with the music; turning waltzes to klezmer, Bach into swing, and doing even stranger things to the tunes he writes. Roger's guitar styles range from classical to hard driving, rhythmic, contra dance music. He enjoys contra dancing, and enjoys playing music for contra dances, and has yet to figure out how to do both at the same time.


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.


June 21, 2015 — June 27, 2015


Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Contra and Square Dancing for Dance Callers' Workshop

Help Wanted! We have a class for contra and square dance callers this week, which provides a unique opportunity for Little/Middle family members. Join members of the Dance Callers' class 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! Tuition: $100


June 22, 2015 — June 26, 2015


7-9 pm.
Free Admission.
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Little/Middle Nightly Dances

This is week it both Little/Middle Folk School Week and Dance Callers week at the Folk School. Come out for the nightly dances from 7-9 pm Monday-Friday.

July 6, 2015 — July 9, 2015


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. Also enjoy the masterful calling of David Kaynor.

July 10, 2015 — July 12, 2015


Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Continuing Clogging with Ellie Grace

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.


September 11, 2015 — September 13, 2015


Location:  Community Room, Keith House

English Waltz Clog with Annie Fain Barralon

A beautiful form of percussive dance, waltz clogging dates back to American clogging's earliest roots in the British Isles. Danced in wooden-soled clogs or tap shoes, the most distinguishing characteristic of this style is emphasis on 3/4 waltz time. We will build a vocabulary of traditional waltz-clog steps and practice stringing them together to create routines to live music. Expect a lot of dancing! For beginning to intermediate students with a basic level of physical fitness.

Annie Fain is a native of the crafts and music/dance community of Brasstown and is now the Folk School's Music & Dance Coordinator. She teaches a variety of classes at the school including book arts, clawhammer banjo, Appalachian clogging, and waltz clogging. Annie Fain plays banjo and banjo uke for the all-woman string band, Blue Eyed Girl, and has danced with both Loafers Glory Clog Morris and the Green Grass Cloggers. She continues to sell her handmade books, greeting cards, and original watercolors regionally and is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.


October 30, 2015 — November 1, 2015


Instructors: Phil Jamison, Carol Ormand & Bob Dalsemer
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Dare to be Square Dance Weekend 2015

Old-time square dancing is experiencing a resurgence of popularity in many parts of the country, especially among young people. Have fun dancing to live music with three well-known callers who have over 100 years of calling experience between them! All dances will be taught and walked through in advance. The weekend also includes talks on the history of square dancing and a Saturday night Brasstown community square & contra dance. Some previous contra or square dance experience is recommended. Singles and couples are welcome. Tuition $200


4:30 Instructor Orientation
5:30 Student Orientation
6:00 Supper
7:00 Introductions
7:30 Dance

8:15 Breakfast
9:00 Dance
10:55 Discussion
11:20 Dance
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Dance
4:30 Discussion
6:00 Supper
7:15 Videos
8:00 Halloween Costume Community Dance!

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

November 20, 2015 — November 22, 2015


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

Learn to Contra Dance Weekend

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.

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
-DoubleDate: Members of A Joyful Noise joined by Bob Pasquarello
-Susan Kevra
-David Millstone
-Emily Oleson
-Greg & Jere Canote
-Charlotte Crittenden
-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)


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Brasstown, NC 28902

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