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Community Contra & Square Dances and Dance Workshops
January 1, 2018 — December 31, 2018


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. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. Please arrive promptly at 7:00 pm.

NOTE: No Tuesday Night dances on Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 11, Dec. 18, or Dec. 25. Also, on July 10, the dance will begin at 8 p.m. during Dance Musicians' Week.

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

Download our Community Dance Poster

January 1, 2018 — December 31, 2018


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

2018 DATES:
January 13
February 17
March 10
April 7
May 19
June 9
July 7
August 18
September 15
October 13
November 10
No dance in December

December 15, 2018


Saturday 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Admission: Free!
Bring Dessert Potluck Dish to Share During the Break
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Annual Holiday Contra/Square Dance & Dessert Potluck 2018

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, 2018 — January 1, 2019


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

Winter Dance & Music Week

Ring in the New Year at the Folk School! This popular year-end traditional dance and music celebration will feature American contras & squares, English country dancing, an American vernacular dance sampler, percussive dance, waltz, group singing, jam sessions, and more. LIVE MUSIC will be provided by Bruce Rosen, George Wilson, David DiGiuseppe, Mara Shea, Roger Gold, and Aaron Olwell.

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 will finish off the week.

- Sue Rosen
- Kalia Kliban
- Emily Oleson
- Erynn Marshall
- Carl Jones

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 this week for beginning dancers.

Standard Tuition: $398
Call the office for Local Tuition rate.

Limited work exchange scholarships are available. Phone the office or email Music & Dance Coordinator, Ted Cooley, at ted@folkschool.org to request a scholarship application.


Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018
3:00-5:30 p.m. Check-In
5:30 p.m. Staff Meeting
6 p.m. Supper
7 p.m. Introductions, Orientation, Singing
8 p.m. Dance


Sunday, Dec. 30 - THE BRASSTOWN FOLLIES (10:30 p.m. until...)

Monday, Dec. 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE (8 p.m. - 1 a.m.). Wear festive party attire -- comfortable for dancing, of course!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
7:15 a.m. - cold cereal & coffee available
Mid-morning - brunch, followed by departures

We now offer a Music class that runs simultaneously to Winter Dance Week. All Music students are invited to participate in evening gatherings, the Brasstown Follies, and dances. (NOTE the great deal on tuition this week -- $398!)

Peter Thomas & David Peters
Four fingers, four strings - we were made to play ukulele. Whether you're a complete novice, or know a bit about the uke and want to take your playing to the next level, join us! Tin Pan Alley, country, folk, rock, and more styles - this instrument can handle them all. We'll focus on basic chords, build chords into families, and explore how music works in general, all the while singing and strumming fun songs like “Five Foot Two,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and many more. (Don’t want to sing? Just have fun strumming along.) Fun is the most important part!

To register for the Music class, click on "Find a Class" at the top of the webpage and search for 12/26/18 Music by Subject or Date -- or call 1-800-365-5724.

Click here for Winter Dance Week registration, or call the office # above.



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