Former Dance Caller's Workshop student Leah Dolgoy calls a dance in the Community Room. Photo by Lee Depkin.

Leah Dolgoy, a former Dance Caller’s Workshop student, calls a dance in the Community Room. (Photo by Lee Depkin)

Have you already done some contra or square dance calling, are an experienced dancer and looking to take your skills to the next level?

Join not one, but TWO dance calling masters for a week of all day, hands on, calling experience and mentorship.

The Dance Callers Workshop (June 15-21) emphasizes program planning, teaching techniques, working with beginners and effectively using live music. Individualized instruction can also include various styles of traditional square dance calling. Two daily practice sessions with a group of real live dancers and nightly public dances ensure plenty of microphone time, particularly because the class is limited to 6 students.

Meet your instructors:

Caller-BobBob Dalsemer

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 Canada, England, Denmark, Belgium, Russia, and the Czech Republic. Bob’s original dance compositions are danced at contra dances throughout the country. He is the author of “West Virginia Square Dances” and has collected traditional square dances in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. In 2011, Bob received the Country Dance and Song Society’s Lifetime Contribution Award. Visit Bob’s website.

Caller-DianeSilverDiane Silver

Diane Silver has been a die-hard contra dancer, swing dancer, and kitchen flat-footer for over 10 years. As an instructor and a caller, she loves sharing high-energy dancing that allows everyone to “play” with the band. Highly acclaimed for her clear, efficient teaching, positive energy, and spirit of community building, Diane is great at breaking down moves and adapting to individual learning styles. Her motto: “I can’t believe this much fun is legal!” Visit Diane’s site.

On top of it all, your live music for the week are the renowned Folk School favorites, Steve Hickman & John Devine.  

Steve Hickman on fiddle and John Devine on guitar

Steve Hickman on fiddle and John Devine on guitar

They have performed as staff musicians for a number of Folk School music and dance programs over the years. Steve has toured with numerous bands singing and playing fiddle and harmonica for more than 25 years.  He is especially well-known for his basters of the art of “hambone” or body percussion.  John Devine specializes in contemporary folk songs as well as standards from the 1930s and 1940s.  Together, they play a wide variety of country, folk, bluegrass, Irish, swing and traditional old time music.

Register for the Dance Caller’s Workshop today.

Annie Fain Barralon
About Annie Fain Barralon

Annie Fain is a native of the crafts and music/dance community of Brasstown and is now the Folk School’s Music & Dance Coordinator. She teaches a variety of classes at the school including book arts, clawhammer banjo, Appalachian clogging, and waltz clogging. Annie Fain plays banjo and banjo uke for the all-woman string band, Blue Eyed Girl, and has danced with both Loafers Glory Clog Morris and the Green Grass Cloggers. She continues to sell her handmade books, greeting cards, and original watercolors regionally and always wishes there were more time in a day!