English Country Dance

ECD

Midwinter Weekend Registration Now Open!

Joseph Pimentel and Alchemy headline our annual weekend at this year’s new, larger dance hall.  Details.

Apr
7
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: Laurie Fisher, fiddle; Chelsea Henley, piano.
Apr 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: Laurie Fisher, fiddle; Chelsea Henley, 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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Apr
21
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Julia Hartman, fiddle; Lisa Smith, flute; Atossa Kramer, piano.
Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Julia Hartman, fiddle; Lisa Smith, flute; Atossa Kramer, 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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

May
5
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Jovial Beggars: Laurie Fisher, Nic Coker, Michael Garner, Esther Holsen, Karen Gaughan
May 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Jovial Beggars: Laurie Fisher, Nic Coker, Michael Garner, Esther Holsen, Karen Gaughan

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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

May
19
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: George Schissler, fiddle & concertina; Michael Garner, fiddle; Esther Holsen, recorder; Linda Schissler, piano.
May 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, 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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Jun
2
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Julia Hartman, fiddle; Lisa Smith, flute; Atossa Kramer, piano.
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Julia Hartman, fiddle; Lisa Smith, flute; Atossa Kramer, 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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Jun
16
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Laurie Fisher, fiddle; Chelsea Henley, piano.
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Laurie Fisher, fiddle; Chelsea Henley, 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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Jul
7
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Cathy Arps, fiddle; Suzanne Hosch, flute; Linda Schissler, pian.
Jul 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Cathy Arps, fiddle; Suzanne Hosch, flute; Linda Schissler, pian.

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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Jul
21
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Julia Hartman, fiddle; George Schissler, concertina; Karen Gaughan, piano.
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Julia Hartman, fiddle; George Schissler, concertina; 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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Aug
4
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: TBA
Aug 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: TBA

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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Aug
18
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Cathy Arps, fiddle; Robert Reichert, fiddle; Beth Reichert, piano.
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Cathy Arps, fiddle; Robert Reichert, fiddle; Beth Reichert, 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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Sep
8
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: TBA
Sep 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: TBA

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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Sep
22
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: TBA
Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: TBA

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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Oct
6
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: TBA
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: TBA

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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Oct
20
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Cathy Arps, fiddle; Suzanne Hosch, flute; Janet Muse, piano.
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Cathy Arps, fiddle; Suzanne Hosch, flute; Janet Muse, 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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Nov
3
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: TBA
Nov 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: TBA

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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Nov
17
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: TBA
Nov 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: TBA

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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Dec
1
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: TBA
Dec 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: TBA

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 from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Dec
15
Sun
ECD Festive End-of-Year Dance. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: TBA
Dec 15 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Festive End-of-Year Dance. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: TBA

Join us for our year-end Festive Dance celebrating another year of very fine English Country Dancing. We will begin the afternoon with waltzing beginning at 3:30. There will be no Beginners’ Session today, but beginners are welcome, as always.
3:30pm-4:00pm, Waltz

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$7/$6 for OFB Members

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

Sunday Dances

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

Be sure to check the calendar above! 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 ECD 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