Put on your dancin’ shoes and grab a partner for a lively weekend of square dancing in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Join famed dance callers Tom Hinds, Beth Molaro and Janine Smith for an exciting variety of square dance styles originating from various regions of the United States. Enjoy live music by Steve Hickman, John Devine, Claudio Buchwald and Sam Bartlett of Evening Star.

Expect talks on the history of square dancing and dance calling technique, family style meals and a Saturday night Brasstown community square & contra dance. Some previous contra or square dance experience is recommended. Singles and couples welcome. Choose from a range of housing, camping and meal package options. A limited number of scholarships are available.

“Dare to Be Square” Weekend
Nov 14-16, 2014
Instructors: Beth Molaro, Tom Hinds, Janine Smith
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This year’s tentative schedule:

4:30 Instructor Orientation
5:30 Student Orientation
6:00 Supper
7:00 Introductions
7:30 Dance

8:15 Breakfast
9:00 Singing Squares: Updating the Repertoire a Bit – Janine Smith
10:00 New, New England Squares – Tom Hinds
10:55 Discussion
11:20 Rip Roaring, Red-Hot Patter Squares – Beth Molaro
12:15 Lunch
1:30 You’ve Tried the Rest, Now Try the Best: Squares of Gene Hubert – Janine Smith
2:30 Western Hash – Tom Hinds
3:40 Squares for Camps, Weddings & Family Reunions – Beth Molaro
4:30 Discussion
6:00 Supper
7:15 Videos
8:00 Dance

8:15 Breakfast
9:10 Farewell Dance
11:30 Closing Ceremony and Craft Class Exhibit

Meet your dance callers:

Beth is known by dancers from coast to coast for her contagious enthusiasm and her red-hot, turbocharged patter squares. Her vocal style is unique in the dance world. Her ability to sing the calls makes for an exciting blend with the music, which she accomplishes with both clarity and musical integrity. You will hear elements of the blues and jazz in her voice as she sings you from one figure to the next, weaving together the various elements of dance calls, music, and dancers into a positively charged experience for all. Visit Beth’s website to learn more

Tom is comfortable calling many styles of square dances. He has called at most major dance campus in the U.S. and has written some exceptional dances. He is also experienced in clogging, tap, and Canadian step dance.

Janine calls square, contra, and family dances in the Washington, D.C. area. She shares her humorous and infectious (OK, sometimes goofy) style and love of music & dance with dancers from Glen Echo, Maryland, to Seattle, Washington. She specializes in traditional and more contemporary “singing squares.” Janine is one of the “Hot Square Babes,” a quintet of callers who threw a monthly square dance party in College Park, MD, from 2004-2010, and she is a founding member of the DC Square Dance Collective.

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Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes.