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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
January 18, 2020 — November 13, 2020

Time:
Admission:

7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
$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

2020 DATES:
January 18
February 15
March 28
April 25
May 23
June 27
July 25
August 15
September 19
October 10
November 14
No dance in December


January 25, 2020

Time:
Admission:

8-11 p.m.
Adults $7, Ages 10-18 $5, Under 10: Free
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Square Dance Phil Jamison w/ the Jane Rothfield Trio

Phil Jamison is nationally known as a dance caller, old-time musician, flatfoot dancer, and scholar of traditional Appalachian dance. He has called dances, performed, and taught at music festivals and dance events throughout the U.S. and overseas since the early 1970s, including close to forty years as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film, Songcatcher, for which he also served as Traditional Dance consultant. Over the last thirty years, Jamison has done extensive research in the area of Appalachian dance, and his book Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance (University of Illinois Press, 2015) tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia. A 2017 inductee to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, Phil teaches Appalachian music and dance at Warren Wilson College, in Asheville, North Carolina, where for twenty-five years, he served as coordinator of the Old-Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering. www.philjamison.com

Rothfield Old-Time Trio is led by award winning old time fiddler, banjo player, tune maker and recording artist, Janie Rothfield, who is joined by two of old-time music's finest: Pete Peterson and Kellie Allen (from The Orpheus Supertones). Pete is a master of the Charlie Poole-style 3-finger and clawhammer banjo, as well as a fine guitarist and singer, and Kellie is known for her outstanding guitar, bass playing, and singing. Janie, Pete and Kellie are master old time musicians and have played their traditional and contemporary brand of old time music for dances throughout the USA and at festivals and workshops around the world! For dancing, hard driving and exceptionally rhythmic old time tunes and for concerts a great combo of instrumentals and vocals in the old time style.

The combination of Janie's fine traditional fiddling with Pete and Kellie's accompaniment on guitar, banjo and upright bass, along with their tight harmony singing, creates a sound that is part of old-time music's traditional past and present. Traditional old-time and early country songs (Carter Family, Louvin Brothers, Charlie Poole), and traditional tunes along with original Janie tunes.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


February 8, 2020

Time:
Admission:

8-11 p.m.
Adults $7, Ages 10-18 $5, Under 10: Free
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Contra & Square Dance Deanna Palumbo W/ Airplay

Deanna Palumbo is a traveling contra, techno and square dance caller from Atlanta, GA, known for her clear, infectious and melodious voice. She has called throughout the Southeast & Midwest, in demand especially for contra, techno contra and private functions.

AirPlay delights Southeastern contra dancers with three woodwinds, vibrantly accented by guitar, bass and percussion. Appalachian favorites meet tunes from other times and places to energize each dance. Their breath will lift your feet and your spirits.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


February 22, 2020

Time:
Admission:

8-11 p.m.
Adults $7, Ages 10-18 $5, Under 10: Free
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


CONTRA & SQUARE DANCE Charlotte Crittenden w/ Laurie Fisher & Nic Coker

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!

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.

Nic Coker plays for various Asheville based bands including The Stuff and Boomchuck. He is able to trade between guitar and fiddle and has a wonderful sense of using rhythm in ways that make folks want to get up and dance.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


March 7, 2020

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance Anne Marie Walter w/ The Dog Branch Cats

Anne Marie calls regularly in the Asheville area. She has a particular appreciation for energetic dances that flow. Whether the dance requires a bit of thinking or allows you to turn off your brain and just move to the music. She sees much of her job as becoming invisible, selecting the right dances that allow the band to shine. Accomplished in both Contra and English Country dances, she also enjoys the kind of community dances that appeal to families.

The Dog Branch Cats were formed in 1992 with Bob Dalsemer and Jan Davidson, fiddles, Martha Owen, banjo and David Liden, guitar, Geraud Barralon on bass and Annie Fain Barralon on banjo uke. They play lots of danceable old time tunes along with some lively New England and Celtic reels.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


March 21, 2020

Time:
Admission:

8-11 p.m.
Adults $7, Ages 10-18 $5, Under 10: Free
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Contra & Square Dance Janet Shepherd w/ Laura Light & Mick Kinney

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.

Laura Light has been fiddling for dances, festivals and celebrations for thirty years. A true American hybrid, she was born in the heartlands, spent the seventies in folk and bluegrass clubs in the San Francisco Bay area, homesteaded, played hoedowns and raised babies in southeastern Ohio, and currently hits the national contra dance circuit and old time festivals of the southeast.

Mick is a musician of many talents. He has played stride piano at Manhattan's Swing 46 with veteran tap dancer, Harold Cromer (of Stump and Stumpy); fiddle with Creole jazzman, Al Broussard, in New Orleans French Quarter; and lap steel at Louisiana's Rendez-vous des Cajuns. He also has performed at McCabe's in Los Angeles, the Bluebird in Nashville, and on NPR's Mountain Stage. A native of Wisconsin, Mick has made his home in Atlanta since 1977.

Beginners, singles and couples welcome.

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


April 4, 2020

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance Seth Tepfer & ContraForce

Seth Tepfer is "Atlanta's Dance Magician," calling dances for adults and children like you've never seen before. He is known for his infectious energy, his short walk-throughs, and his 'hash-contras', Seth's warm enthusiasm is contagious, and gets everyone moving, smiling, and having a great time. Whether squares, contras, or other folk dances, you can be certain that all involved - novices and experienced dancers alike - will amble away happy and eager to dance more!



Charleston-based quartet ContraForce may be deeply rooted in traditional folk music and the contra dance scene, but when it comes to composing and recording their own tunes, they certainly don't shy away from musical experimentation.
Fiddler AndraeRaffield, Percussionish/handpan/saxophonist Joey Dorwart, guitarist Jimi "Two Nails" Peirano, and Vocalist Karin Mcquade have collaborated on old standards and new originals, working in and around the Celtic and Appalachian folk styles normally featured at contra dances. Karin McQuade has been an enchanting vocal element, joining a few years after the band formed.


http://contraforce.fourfour.com



Beginners, singles and couples welcome.



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


April 18, 2020

Time:
Admission:

8-11 p.m.
Adults $7, Ages 10-18 $5, Under 10: Free
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


CONTRA & SQUARE DANCE Scott Russell w/ Windmill

Scott Russell has been a significant caller, musician and organizer on the Atlanta contra dance scene for many years. He's featured in the Learn to Contra Dance series on Youtube.

Windmill is comprised of Steve Trismen and Laurie Fisher.

Steve Trismen started playing violin in grade school and has been improvising in folk and jazz styles since his college days in upstate New York. He lived for 16 years in Boulder, Colorado playing with Country , Cajun, and Rock dance bands. Living now in Weaverville, North Carolina, he is a member of the rock group Jupiter Coyote, acoustic swing group One Leg Up, and contra dance duo Windmill.

Perennial musician, fiddler Laurie Fisher has been playing and calling for contradances since 1983. Her band The String Beings was featured at dance weekends and contra tours throughout the nineties. She also performs on fiddle and other instruments in Swing, Cajun, Celtic and other stage shows. She provides the motive force for Windmill?s energetic traditional contradance sound on piano or keyboard. In addition she teaches music lessons (Folk school later this year). She also created and produced the Asheville Contradance and the Asheville Summer Soiree until retiring from dance production in 2003.


April 24, 2020 — April 26, 2020

Time:
Admission:

Tuition: $212
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


English Country Dance Weekend

Experience the joy 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 many inventive contemporary dances in English style by choreographers from England, America, and Europe.

All dancing will be to glorious live music by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Kate Barnes, & Jacqueline Schwab). Previous English country experience is required. Tuition: $212

You will love this fun weekend of great dancing, beautiful surroundings, good food, comfortable accommodations and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Tuition is $212 plus housing and meals in a variety of options.

Some previous contra, international folk, or English Country dance experience is highly recommended for this weekend. This is not a beginner weekend.

For questions about registration, room and board and travel, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH

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Instructor, Kalia Kliban has been an active part of the vibrant California Bay Area traditional dance community since the mid-80s. She performs, dances, and teaches morris, longsword, English and American clogging, English country dance, and contra, and she is known for a relaxed, welcoming calling style and clear and concise teaching. Kalia has taught and called at camps and events across the country.

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