English Country Dance

ECD

Sunday Dances

We dance First and Third Sunday afternoons, usually at Homewood, 17 Zillicoa St, Asheville NC 28801:

Be sure to check the calendar below! Our dates and locations change sometimes.

Sunday dances start with lessons at 3:30, regular program from 4:00 – 6:30,   $7 regular, $6 for members of the OFB.  All money goes to pay the band and caller.

Each dance is taught and then prompted throughout each dance by experienced dance leaders.  Elegant live music is played by talented local musicians.  No partner necessary. Newcomers welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

December Festive Dance

Our last Sunday dance in December celebrates another successful year of English Country Dance.   Waltzing begins at 3:30pm followed by English from 4:00pm – 6:30pm.   There is no Beginners’ Session for this dance.     Elegant attire, bling, sparkles are all welcome, but not required.  Elegant refreshments are served at the Break.

Wednesday Advanced Dances

The last Wednesday of each month (usually), we have a special evening at Harvest House in Kenilworth:

These dances are for those who feel confident and able to follow dances called on Sunday and want to improve their skills and style. Callers and dancers will enjoy a wider range of dances with more complicated figures than are possible on Sunday.  

Dances run from 7PM to 9 PM.  Music is by Bare Necessities, Roguery, Foxfire, or whatever other recordings we have. No charge, but donations for snacks are welcome.

Annual Midwinter ECD Weekend

In February, we host an intimate (80 people) weekend with national talent. Details are at http://ashevillemidwinter.org.

General notes

English Country Dance may be seen in film adaptations of Jane Austen novels such as “Pride and Prejudice.” Check out these videos:

January 2012 English Country Dance at Homewood

March 2012 Annual Spring Ball at Homewood

Introductory ECD video.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country_dance

www.cdss.org – Country Dance And Song Society

Notes from a contra dancer after attending his first English Country Dance

Oct
7
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: George Schissler, fiddle/concertina; Michael Garner, fiddle; Esther Holsen, recorder; Linda Schissler, piano
Oct 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: George Schissler, fiddle/concertina; Michael Garner, fiddle; Esther Holsen, recorder; Linda Schissler, piano

3:30pm-4:00pm, Pre-Dance Workshop – Regular dancers assisting Beginners with basic ECD dance figures.

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$7/$6 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a snack to share from time to time; fragrance-free dance.

Oct
21
Sun
ECD Venue Change. AnneMarie Walter and Friends, Leaders; Music: Tossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute.
Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Venue Change. AnneMarie Walter and Friends, Leaders; Music: Tossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute.

Please make note that we are dancing this date, Oct. 21st, at Congregation Beth Ha-Tephila. Directions below. Note that the entrance to the large parking lot and the building is on Broad St. between Liberty St. and Washington St.
https://www.bethhatephila.org/contact-us/map-and-directions/


We welcome guest leader and dance choreographer, Gary Roodman, to our dance today as one of our callers.    https://calculatedfigures.com/GaryFacts.htm  
Make your plans to be here for this dance.   You will not want to miss it!    

3:30-4:00pm,  Pre-Dance Workshop – Regular dancers assisting Beginners with basic ECD dance figures.

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$7/$6 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a snack to share from time to time; fragrance-free dance.

Nov
4
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Gretchen Caverly, fiddle; Suzanne Hosch, flute; Linda Schissler, piano
Nov 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Gretchen Caverly, fiddle; Suzanne Hosch, flute; Linda Schissler, piano

3:30pm-4:00pm, Pre-Dance Workshop – Regular dancers assisting Beginners with basic ECD dance figures.

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$7/$6 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a snack to share from time to time; fragrance-free dance.

Nov
18
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Jovial Beggars (Laurie Fisher, fiddle; Michael Garner, fiddle; Esther Holsen, recorder; Nic Coker, guitar; Karen Gaughan, piano.
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Jovial Beggars (Laurie Fisher, fiddle; Michael Garner, fiddle; Esther Holsen, recorder; Nic Coker, guitar; Karen Gaughan, piano.

3:30pm-4:00pm, Pre-Dance Workshop – Regular dancers assisting Beginners with basic ECD dance figures.

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$7/$6 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a snack to share from time to time; fragrance-free dance.

Dec
2
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music, Nora Garver, fiddle; Julia Weatherford, cello; Karen Gaughan, piano
Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music, Nora Garver, fiddle; Julia Weatherford, cello; Karen Gaughan, piano

3:30pm-4:00pm, Pre-Dance Workshop – Regular dancers assisting Beginners with basic ECD dance figures.

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$7/$6 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a snack to share from time to time; fragrance-free dance.

Dec
16
Sun
Venue Change, ECD Festive Year-End Dance. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Atossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; Cathy Arps, fiddle
Dec 16 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Venue Change, ECD Festive Year-End Dance. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Atossa Kramer, piano; Lisa Smith, flute; Cathy Arps, fiddle

Please note that we are dancing on this date, Dec. 16th, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Directions: http://www.stmarysasheville.org/directions.html
3:30pm-4:00pm, Waltzing

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$7/$6 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a snack to share from time to time; fragrance-free dance.