There’s a lot going on in April! Here are a few announcements and reminders:
!!!Change of Venue!!! After this week, the next four dances — April 21, April 28, May 5, and May 12–will be held at the Reality Center (916 Lamond Ave, Durham, NC 27701) at our usual time, 7:30-9:30 p.m. To protect their soft wood floor, please wear non-marking shoes to dance in, and refrain from eating or drinking (other than water) in the dance hall.
Dance of the Month: Due to its popularity at this year’s Spring DanceFest, and because it often shows up on ball and weekend programs, our April dance of the month is Companions, a modern longways by Victor Skowronski. Please find instructions attached. Here is a link to a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
The Highlanders on April 14: Come early to the Freedman Center this Thursday, April 14, to hear a musical performance by Julie and Mara’s students. In addition to a short concert beginning at 7:15 pm, they will also play for the first two dances of the evening.
Bob Dalsemer and the Elftones on April 21: Bob Dalsemer, from Brasstown, NC, will be our guest caller on Thursday, April 21 at the Reality Center. Bob was formerly Executive Director of the John C. Campbell Folk School, and the recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award in 2011. Special music will be provided by the fiddle-guitar duo The Elftones (Mara Shea and Roger Gold).
Asheville Spring Evening Ball on April 23: English Country Dance Asheville will be hosting their annual ball at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (337 Charlotte St., Asheville, NC 28801) from 7:00-10:30 pm. Bob Thompson will be leading the dances. Live music will be provided by Atossa Kramer (piano), Cathy Arps (violin), and Lisa Smith (flute). Earlier in the day there will be two workshops. Please see attached flyer for more details. Also visit: http://www.oldfarmersball.com/
ECD Weekend at John C. Campbell Folk School: Celebrate May Day with English country dancing, April 29-May 1. Dancing will be led by Gene Murrow from New York, NY, and Bob Thompson from Asheville, NC. Live music will be provided by Atossa Kramer, Mara Shea, Kathy Talvitie, Barbara Greenberg, and Daniel Beerbohm. For more information, visit: https://classes.folkschool.