The New Year’s Eve Community Room Dance Floor in 2017

Broadcasting from the Folk School Library, Carl Dreher hosts this wonderful 2-part video collection featuring a look at the John C. Campbell Folk School’s New Year’s Eve traditions. Learn about the music and dance traditions of Winter Dance Week. See archival footage of dancing and hear from Brasstown Morris Dance leaders about the Folk School’s dance traditions.

You’ll recognize many Folk School folks talking about their memories and different traditions. Bob Dalsemer tells us about history of Winter Dance Week. Nanette Davidson reveals the origins of Rural Felicity Garland Dancers and Dame’s Rocket NW Clog Morris. Martha Owen tells us about Stix in the Mud Border Morris. Carl Dreher talks about Rapper Sword. Also enjoy a tour of a very special Keith House room by Nick Kelischek.

2020 John C. Campbell Folk School’s New Year’s Eve, An Encore Presentation, part 1 of 2.

2020 John C. Campbell Folk School’s New Year’s Eve, An Encore Presentation, part 2 of 2.

This video series is an encore version of a program created by Carl for the 2020 New Year’s Eve Sea-to-Sea Virtual Dance Extravaganza. The Folk School’s annual Winter Dance Week typically takes place Dec 26-Jan 1. A big thanks to Carl Dreher, Charlotte Bristow, and Nick Kelischek for the production of this series.

Looking to the future, join in our next Winter Dance Week and be part of our tradition…

December 26, 2021–January 1, 2022

Ring in the New Year at the Folk School! This popular, year-end, traditional dance and music celebration features American contras and squares as well as English country dancing, all set to live music. The week also includes flatfoot dancing, clogging, and square dance calling workshops, group singing, jam sessions, and more. Winter Dance Week offers a unique combination of top-notch callers, instructors, and musicians – along with beautiful surroundings, delicious food, comfortable accommodations, and a friendly atmosphere. A Gala New Year’s Eve Party and New Year’s Day breakfast complete the week.

NOTE: Winter Dance Week is subject to change. Adjustments to the typical format may be needed should COVID-19 still be a public health concern. Please email for the most up-to-date information. You can also view our Health & Safety Info on our website.

Callers: Diane Silver, Kalia Kliban
Instructors: Phil Jamison, Carl Jones, Erynn Marshall
Musicians: Karen Axelrod, Rachel Bell, Daron Douglas, Audrey Knuth, Noah VanNorstrand

Skill Level

Participants should have previous contra dance and/or English country dance experience (such as our Learn to Contra Dance weekend class, being offered November 19-21, 2021​).


We are currently taking class registrations over the phone and in person. To register for a class over the phone, please call 1-800-365-5724. One of our friendly office staff members will be pleased to assist you. Prior to registering by phone, please read our General Information and Policies.


$398.00. A deposit of $150.00 will be due upon checkout to hold your seat in this class.


Limited work exchange scholarships are available. Phone the office or email to request a scholarship application.

Diane Silver

Diane has been a die-hard contra dancer, swing dancer, and kitchen flat-footer for over 20 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 website.

Kalia Kliban

Kalia has been an active part of the vibrant California Bay Area traditional dance community since the mid-80s. She performs, dances, and teaches morris, longsword, English and American clogging, English country dance, and contra, and she is known for a relaxed, welcoming calling style and clear and concise teaching. Kalia has taught and called at camps and events across the country.

Photo by Steven Forrest

Phil Jamison

Phil is nationally known as a dance caller, old-time musician, flatfoot dancer, and scholar of traditional Appalachian dance. He has toured internationally with his band, and as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film, “Songcatcher,” for which he also served as dance consultant. Phil is the author of “Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance” (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2015). He was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in 2017, and teaches Appalachian music and dance at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, where he also coordinated the Old-Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering for many years. Visit website.

Carl Jones

Carl is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who performs and teaches across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His songs have been recorded by Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins with Tony Rice — and his song, “Last Time on the Road,” was on the Grammy award-winning album, “Unleashed,” by the Nashville Bluegrass Band. In the 1980s, he played mandolin with James Bryan, Norman and Nancy Blake as part of the Rising Fawn String Ensemble. Carl is known for his fine musicianship on many stringed instruments, keen sense of humor, evocative songwriting, and as a charismatic teacher. Originally born in Macon, Georgia, he currently lives in Galax, Virginia, with wife and musical partner — fiddler, Erynn Marshall. Together Carl and Erynn have just released a new CD recording, titled “Old Tin.” Visit website.

Photo by Jackson & Moser Photography

Erynn Marshall

Erynn is an old-time fiddler, well-known nationally and beyond for her traditional music. She learned the nuances of old-time fiddling from visiting Southern fiddlers 80 to 95 years of age. Erynn has made her home in the Blue Ridge for 10 years. She teaches and performs at festivals and music camps around the globe, and has appeared in five films. She coordinates the Swannanoa Gathering Old-Time Week near Asheville, North Carolina. Erynn won first place fiddle at the Appalachian String Band Festival (a.k.a. Clifftop), and was the first woman to do so. She and multi-instrumentalist, Carl Jones, are married in life and music. It is obvious they love to play music and share this gift with all who listen. Visit website.

Enjoy a photo album of previous Winter Dance Weeks.
Click on any thumbnail to start the slideshow.

John C. Campbell Folk School
About John C. Campbell Folk School

The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.