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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
January 1, 2014 — December 31, 2014

Time:
Admission:

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Free
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. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. Please arrive promptly at 7:00 pm.

November 25, 2014
December 2, 16, 23, 30, 2014

September 2: easy Scottish dances for all

Read more about dancing at the Folk School and other regional dances.


May 2, 2014 — May 4, 2014

Time:
Admission:

Tuition: $200
Instructors: Gene Murrow & 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 band A Joyful Noise 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.

Teachers and Musicians:

Gene Murrow Gene has been actively involved in English Country dancing for over 35 years as a musician, dancer, and caller. He teaches regularly in the New York area, and is frequently on staff at Pinewoods Camp and other workshops around the country and in England. He is past president of the American Recorder Society.

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.

A Joyful Noise has delighted English Country Dancers at weekends and dance camps throughout the country with their lively, lovely and inventive arrangements of tunes from the 17th - 21st centuries. Barbara Greenberg (fiddle), Kathy Talvitie (piano), and Daniel Beerbohm (clarinet, flute, pennywhistle) will be joined by Mara Shea (fiddle) and Atossa Kramer (piano, recorder, accordion).

Tentative English Country Dance Weekend Schedule:

Friday

5:30 pm Orientation
6:00 pm Supper
7:30 pm Dance
10:30 pm Refreshments

Saturday

7:45 am Morning Song
8:15 am Breakfast
9:00 -10:15 English Country
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:45 English Country
11:45 Maypole Dance and and performance by local morris and garland teams
12:15 pm Lunch
2:00-4:15 English Country
4:45 Social Hour
6:00 Supper
8:00 Dance
11:00 Refreshments

Sunday

7:45 am Morning Song
8:15 Breakfast
9:00 - 11:15 Farewell Dance with
11:30 Student Crafts Exhibit
12:15 pm Lunch

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=16595


May 10, 2014

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance with Charlotte Crittenden & Firefly

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!

Firefly hails from Black Mountain, NC. They are a true mother-daughter act with Julia Wetherford and daughter, Pearl Shirley on fiddles, Barbara Davis on guitar, with daughter, Laurel Willoughby on bass. They are known for their singing waltzes. Come check it out!

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


May 24, 2014

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance with Janet Shepherd & Morning Coffee

Janet Shepherd from Atlanta is one of the most popular callers in the southeast, Her enthusiasm is contagious and her clear teaching makes dancing a pleasure for beginners and experienced dancers alike.

Morning Coffee is Jeff and Diane Baker from Asheville who play rollicking, energetic contra dance music on fiddle and piano respectively. They also host the weekly Monday night contra dances at the Grey Eagle in Asheville

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


June 7, 2014

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance with Vicki Herndon and Laurie Fisher & Friends

A Southern favorite, Vicki has been calling and dancing for years. She will have you moving to the music and smiling with her collection of dances, so get ready for a good time!

Multi-talented Laurie Fisher has been entertaining dancers and inspiring musicians full-time for the past 17 years. She can fiddle, play piano, call dances, teach and enthuse with the best of them. The very thriving Asheville contra dance scene has been passionately influenced by her bands and music over the past 25 years. She is regionally well known as the fiddler for Boomchuck and Bareknuckle Quartet.


June 15, 2014 — June 22, 2014

Time:
Admission:

Tuition: $100
Instructor: Bob Dalsemer
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

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=16701


June 15, 2014 — June 21, 2014

Time:
Admission:

Tuition: $594.00
Instructor: Bob Dalsemer & Diane Silver
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Bob Dalsemer's Annual Dance Callers' Workshop 2014

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.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=16700


June 21, 2014

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance with Diane Silver and Steve Hickman & John Devine

Diane Silver's skills range from being an environmental educator to clogging instructor and contra & square dance caller. She hails from the Asheville area and is a former president of the board for the Old Farmer's Ball, the largest contra dance in the Southeast.

Steve Hickman and John Devine are well-known performers from King George, Virginia and Berkely Springs, West Virginia respectively who have served as staff musicians for a number of Folk School music and dance programs over the years. Steve Hickman has toured with numerous bands singing and playing fiddle and harmonica for more than twenty years. He is especially well-known for his mastery of the art of “hambone” or body percussion. John Devine specializes in contemporary folk songs as well as standards from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Together, Hickman and Devine play a wide variety of country, folk, bluegrass, Irish, swing and traditional old time music.


July 6, 2014 — July 11, 2014

Time:
Admission:

$594
Instructors: Peter Siegel, Sue Songer, Naomi Morse, & David Kaynor
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Dance Musicians’ Week 20th Anniversary 2014

Enjoy the 20th anniversary of 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 nightly public dances. 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.)

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=17226


July 12, 2014

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra Dance with Bob Dalsemer, Charlotte Crittenden, David Kaynor & Dance Musician Staff

Music by the instructors of our Dance Musicians' Week with callers Bob Dalsemer, Charlotte Crittenden & David Kaynor.

David is a fiddler, caller, dance composer, and organizer of a well-known Greenfield contra dance series in western Massachusetts, a training ground for many of today's most talented dance musicians. David has served on the staffs of Ashokan, Fiddle Tunes, Northeast Heritage Music Camp, the Lady of the Lake, and many other dance camps and weekends.

Peter plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin with the Greenfield Dance Band in western Massachusetts and with the Beverwyck String Band around Albany, New York. He also performs extensively as a folk singer-songwriter and has shared the stage with such performers as Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary), Pete Seeger, and Judy Collins.

Sue was first hooked on contra dance music as a dancer in the mid 1980s. Since the early 1990s, she has played piano and fiddle in a number of contra and English bands. Sue published the two popular "Portland Collection" tune books and played piano on their three companion CDs.

Naomi grew up surrounded by music and dance in the folk communities of New England. She is known for her energetic and driving fiddle-playing for both contra and English country dancing with many bands, including Night Watch, Housetop, and the "mega fiddle band," Childsplay. She has toured extensively with the world-music ensemble, Northern Harmony, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Beginners should arrive promptly at 8 pm. Easier dances with more teaching are called early in the evening.


October 24, 2014 — October 26, 2014

Time:
Admission:

Tuition: $190
Instructors: Bob Dalsemer
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. Tuition: $196

Sign up here!

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=17075


November 14, 2014 — November 16, 2014

Time:
Admission:

Tuition: $196
Instructors: Janine Smith, Beth Molaro & Tom Hinds
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Dare to be Square Dance Weekend 2014

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 $196


Tentative Schedule

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

Saturday
8:15 Breakfast
9:00-12:00 Dancing
12:15 Lunch
1:30-4:30 Dancing
4:30 Discussion
6:00 Supper
7:15 Videos
8:00 Dance

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

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=17136

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