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John C. Campbell Folk School - English Country Dance Weekend

English Country Dancing


Experience the joy of English country dancing from the "Playford" dances of the 17th and 18th centuries to the village dances collected during the 20th century, as well as many inventive contemporary dances in English style by choreographers from England, America, and Europe.

All dancing will be to glorious live music by Atossa Kramer, Mara Shea, and A Joyful Noise (Daniel Beerbohm, Barbara Greenberg, & Kathy Talvitie). Previous English country experience is required.

You will love this fun weekend of great dancing, beautiful surroundings, good food, comfortable accommodations and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Tuition is $212 plus housing and meals in a variety of options.

Some previous contra, international folk, or English Country dance experience is highly recommended for this weekend. This is not a beginner weekend.

For further program information email Annie Fain Barralon at

For questions about registration, room and board and travel, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH or see our web site:

BRUCE HAMILTON, Bruce from Menlo Park, CA, has taught English and Scottish country dancing in the Bay Area for over 40 years and he is currently one of the country's premier English dance leaders. He has called all over North America, as well as in England, Australia, and Japan, and he currently serves as president ofThe Country Dance and Song Society. Bruce likes to focus his teaching on such style points as how to move well to music, how to recover from mistakes, and how to be a good partner.

PAT PETERSON is best known as a player and teacher of recorder and early music, but she has also enjoyed teaching and playing for English country dance for 35 years. She regularly leads the weekly Sun Assembly English Country Dance in Durham, NC, and has served two terms on the Country Dance and Song Society's board. Pat has taught ECD at Pinewoods and the Berea Christmas Country Dance School, as well as at early-music workshops (including Amherst Early Music), and at evening dances from Berkeley to Berea to Baltimore to NYC. Her early-music training gives her a unique understanding of how music and dance meet in a perfect marriage. Her teaching emphasizes connection, style, elegance, and FUN.



5:30 Student Orientation
6:00 Supper
7:00 Introductions

7:30-10:00 Dancing!
10:00 Refreshments


7:45 Morningsong
8:15 Breakfast
9:00-12:00 Dancing!

12:15 Lunch

1:30-4:00 Dancing!

4:30 Social Hour / Bring refreshments to share!

6:00 Supper

8:00-11:00 Dancing!

11:00 Refreshments


7:45 Morningsong

8:15 Breakfast

9:00-11:00 Farewell Dance

11:15 Student Crafts Exhibit

12:15 Lunch

April 27, 2018

Cost: $212



John C. Campbell Folk School
1 Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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