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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
December 31, 2018 — December 30, 2019


7:30 - 10:00 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 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

TIME: 7:30 - 10:00pm
LOCATION: Keith House, Community Room

2019 DATES:
January 19
February 16
March 30
April 27
May 25
June 22
July 27
August 17
September 14
October 12
November 16
No dance in December

December 31, 2018 — December 29, 2019


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.

October 25, 2019 — October 27, 2019


Tuition: $212
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Fall Dance Weekend

Celebrate the season at Fall Dance Weekend! Join two amazing callers for a wide range of dance styles, including squares and contras, with live music from Boom Chuck (Laurie Fisher, Nic Coker, & Geraud Barralon) and Evening Star (Steve Hickman, John Devine, & Claudio Buchwald).
All dances will be taught and walked through in advance. The weekend also includes free entry to our annual Halloween community contra & square dance on Saturday night. Some previous contra or square dance experience is recommended, but not essential. Singles and couples welcome.
Tuition $212

Click here to Register for Fall Dance Weekend 2019

November 9, 2019


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


Kyle Johnston is a caller originally from central North Carolina, and has called contras, squares, and other community dances at local and regional dances, as well as at a variety of festivals in NC and abroad. Kyle tends to program high energy dances, and likes to throw in something different every now and then to keep dancers on their toes! Kyle started dancing and calling in Raleigh, NC when he found the NC State Contra Club. It still remains one of his favorite places to dance and call. Kyle is a leader and educator in the folk community, being a clogger, flatfooter, musician, and shape note singer. Kyle considers music and dance to be an integral part of his life and is always on the lookout for something new to learn, opportunities to teach something new, and introducing people to the traditions he loves. Although formerly from Durham, NC, Kyle now resides and works as a local in Hiawassee, GA.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 thruout 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.

November 23, 2019


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

Bob Dalsemer and Charlotte Crittenden with Ed & Elsie

Bob Dalsemer has been calling square, contra, and English country dances for more than 40 years. He has called throughout the U.S. and in a number of foreign countries. In 2011, Bob received the Country Dance and Song Society's Lifetime Contribution Award. He served as the Folk School?s Music and Dance Coordinator for 22 years until his retirement in 2013.

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!

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.

December 21, 2019


Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Annual Holiday Contra/Square Dance & Dessert Potluck 2019

Come celebrate the holidays with us on the dance floor!

Free admission!
Holiday treats potluck! Bring your favorite refreshment to share.

The calling and music will be a splendid array of local talent. Guest callers welcome (If you are interested in calling let us know in advance by emailing ted@folkschool.org).

Beginners, couples and singles are welcome.

December 26, 2019 — January 1, 2020


Standard Tuition: $398
Local Tuition: Call Office
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Winter Dance Week

Ring in the New Year at the Folk School! This popular year-end traditional dance and music celebration will feature American contras & squares and English country dancing with glorious live music, along with rapper and long-sword dance workshops, group singing, jam sessions, and more. Winter 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 end the week. Visit the "Dance Events" page of our website in spring/summer for more detailed information on instructors, musicians, and class sessions.

SKILL LEVEL: Participants should have previous contra dance and/or English country dance experience (such as our "Learn to Contra Dance" weekend class, being offered November 22-24, 2019). Limited work exchange scholarships are available.

Phone the office or email info@folkschool.org to request a scholarship application.

Click here to Register for Winter Dance Week 2019

April 24, 2020 — April 26, 2020


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, Peter 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 further program information email at dance@folkschool.org.

For questions about registration, room and board and travel, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH or see our web site: www.folkschool.org.

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.


Click here to Register for English Country Dance Weekend 2020


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