Bob Dalsemer calling a dance during a New Year's Eve celebration

Over 600 instructors come to the Folk School each year to share invaluable gifts of knowledge, specific skills, and techniques with students. We are very fortunate to have Bob Dalsemer on our staff, who is being awarded the 2011 Lifetime Contribution Award from Country Dance and Song Society. Bob has been our Music & Dance Coordinator at the Folk School for 20 years and is an indispensable source of knowledge for music and dance students.

A dance caller and musician for over 40 years, Bob’s distinguished contributions to the world of folk dance and music include co-founding the Baltimore Folk Music Society, serving as Country Dance and Song Society president from 1990-1996, authoring West Virginia Square Dances, and calling and teaching dances nationally and internationally. Dalsemer is a well-known caller of traditional American contra, square, and circle dances and has composed many original dances. Also a talented musician, Dalsemer deftly plays accordion, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. He is part of the band for the Folk School Morris and Garland Dancers, and a member of the Dog Branch Cats band.

A dance and awards ceremony will be held December 10 at 7:30 PM at the Keith House.

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