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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
January 1, 2017 — December 30, 2017

Time:
Admission:

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Free Admission
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. Check our homepage for the current weekly schedule. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. Please arrive promptly at 7:00 pm.

NOTE: No Tuesday Night dances on Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 12, Dec. 19, or Dec. 26

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

Download our Community Dance Poster


January 1, 2017 — December 30, 2017

Time:
Admission:

8 - 10:30 pm
Admission: $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 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."

Caller: Carl Dreher & Bob Dalsemer
Violin and piano music by Margie McDonald and Gretchen Wurth

TIME: 8 - 10:30pm
ADMISSION: $7
LOCATION: Keith House, Community Room

2017 DATES:
Jan 14
Feb 11
March 11
April 8
May 13
June 10
July 8
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 11
December 9


January 21, 2017

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 Laurie Fisher and Joyful Noise

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.

Joyful Noise hails from Asheville, NC. Their name says it all. Band members include: George Paul, Cailen Campbell & Steve Kimble.

See a clip of they playing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIthW8q6NgY


February 4, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance with Phil Jamison & New Southern Ramblers

The New Southern Ramblers are an old-time stringband who play hard driving Southern Appalachian music.

The members of the band have many years of experience in old time music and dance. Guitarist, dance caller and flatfoot dancer Phil Jamison also teaches mathematics at Warren Wilson College and is a member of the Green Grass Cloggers. Banjo player and buckdancer Gordy Hinners teaches Spanish at Mars Hill College and is a former member of the Green Grass Cloggers. Fiddler John Herrmann is equally adept on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and bass. A world traveller, John is known as the “Father of Old-Time Music” in Japan and has toured Europe with dancer Ira Bernstein. Bassist Meredith McIntosh has performed with numerous bands including the Wildcats, the Heartbeats, and Balfa Toujours. She is also a certified massage therapist and teacher of the Alexander Technique.

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

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thenewsouthernramblers


February 17, 2017 — February 19, 2017

Time:
Admission:

See website for details or call the front office: 828-837-2775
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Intro to Appalachian Clogging with Linda Block


Instructor: Linda Block
Does listening to lively old-time music make you want to jump out of your seat and dance? It only takes knowing a few steps to dance to your heart's content, and that's exactly what you'll be doing during this weekend of Appalachian-style, percussive dance. Have a great time learning a variety of basic steps and short routines to live music. Students should be fit enough to stand and be active for a couple of hours at a time; this style of dance can be challenging for those with knee concerns.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=19352


February 18, 2017

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 Janet Shepherd and GoodFoot

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.

Good Foot is named after an old Oklahoma expression describing someone who is feelin’ fine. Folks remark that it “looks like you’re dancin’ on your good foot”. Originally founded as a contra dance band, it’s an apt description for the joyful groove of the Charleston, SC based ensemble. Each member brings a different background resulting in a fun, varied array of traditional and original Celtic and American tunes.

The band released their debut disc (Good Foot) at Charleston’s Famed Gage Hall Coffeehouse this November. Other concert appearances include Celtic Night at the Charleston Music Hall; St Patrick’s Day at Seanachai Social Club (Charleston’s most authentic Irish pub) and St John’s concert series in Summerville, SC. They play regularly for the Charleston Folk contra dance and in other cities around the southeast.

https://www.facebook.com/GoodFootBand/#


March 4, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance with Bob Dalsemer & The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble

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.

The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble was founded in the fall of 1999 to give Berea College students with background or potential in bluegrass music an opportunity to play in a "working" bluegrass band with weekly rehearsals, performances, travel, etc. Members are selected by audition, and typically remain with the group until they graduate from Berea College.


March 10, 2017 — March 12, 2017

Time:
Admission:

Go to: www.folkschool.org or call the front office for details, 828-837-2775
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Northwest Morris Dance Weekend

Instructor: Annie Fain Barralon

Northwest Morris is an English folk dance originating in the northwest of England, now danced in other parts of England and North America. This style makes use of slings and sticks and is typically danced in sets of eight dancers wearing wooden-soled clogs for a percussive sound, with attached "rubbers" to protect the floor. (Clogs optional this weekend.) Dancers of all levels are welcome, but be prepared for vigorous activity.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=19388


March 18, 2017

Time:
Admission:

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


Contra & Square Dance with Phil Jamison and Jenny & The Hog Drovers

Phil is a nationally known square-dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer who calls a mix of fun, fast-paced, old-time squares and Southern Appalachian big circle dances. A long-time member of the Green Grass Cloggers, his dancing was featured in the film "Songcatcher," for which he served as dance consultant. He is also a dance historian. From 1982 through 2004, Phil toured and played guitar with Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers. He now teaches mathematics and Appalachian music at Warren Wilson College near Asheville.

Jenny & The Hog Drovers are a hot old-time band comprised of students of Warren Wilson College in the Swannanoa Valley hear Asheville. Their band leader is the renowned square dance caller/flat footer/musician, Phil Jamison. Hoppin' foot-tappin' tunes are guaranteed!

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


April 1, 2017

Time:
Admission:

8:00 - 11:00 pm
Admission: $5
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Fool's Ball

You've likely seen Brasstown's colorful group of Morris Dancers and heard their fabulous band. Perhaps you've watched them perform on the Festival Barn stage during the Folk School's annual Fall Festival, or seen them dancing in the streets of Murphy, or at the Folk School's annual kids' Christmas party.

For over two decades, the Brasstown Morris Dancers have charmed thousands of folks with their spirited dances, colorful costumes and silly and brave antics. They carry on the English tradition of dancing for the community, costumed in traditional (and not so traditional) attire with garlands, swords, sticks, and colorful rag coats.

Now's your chance to show your support for our beloved dancers. All proceeds from this event will go towards their fundraising efforts for an England trip in 2017 to dance and learn from other Morris teams in England.

All ages are welcome to attend this fun evening at the Folk School on April 2, 2016. Admission is $5 and free for ages 12 and under.

You'll enjoy the contra dancing, live music, cake walks, tasty snacks, magic tricks. Don't miss this spectacular evening of fun and magic!

http://brasstownmorris.org

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