A new monthly Saturday English Country Dance will start at the Folk School on September 12, 2015. English Country Dancing (ECD) is the historical predecessor to American barn or contra dancing. Like a contra dance, each ECD 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. Our band will be Margie McDonald on violin and Gretchen Wurth on piano,
The dances are held in the historic Keith House Community Room, with its beautiful wood floor, from 8-10:30 p.m. Admission is $7. 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 ECD 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.
Upcoming English Country Dances
Keith House Community Room
8:30-10:30 p.m. $7
(2nd Saturday of month in 2015)
• September 12
• October 10
• November 14
• December 12
(3rd Saturday of month in 2016)
• February 20
• March 19
• April 16
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!