A Mid-Winter English Country Dance Weekend

February 10-12, 2017

Led by caller Brooke Friendly, guest fiddler Andrea Hoag, along with Atossa Kramer, Piano, and Lisa Smith, Flute

Brooke Friendly, who lives with her husband and fellow dance choreographer Chris Sackett in Ashland, Oregon, has been teaching country dance since 1982.  She has been on staff at numerous brooke_homedance camps, weekends, festivals, balls, and other events around North America and England. She and Chris have published the Impropriety series: five books of dances, with accompanying CDs by the West Coast band Roguery.  A founder of The Heather and the Rose Country Dancers, Brooke has helped to popularize global terminology (no reference to gender) for calling dances. She has been active for many years on the board of the Country Dance and Song Society. Brooke, as Jacqueline Schwab has said, “makes the learning experience fun and relaxing.” She loves to sing and has led round singing at a variety of events. When not dancing, choreographing, teaching, organizing, or singing, Brooke may be found working in her huge vegetable garden, birding, walking, or practicing yoga. Learn more about Brooke here.

Andrea Hoag’s fiddle playing is passionate and lyrical, complex and andrea-hoagevocative, grounded in many years of traditional playing. Andrea Hoag is a legendary performer of Swedish folk fiddling and is highly respected in American, English, and Celtic styles as well. Her music has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Performance Today, at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, and at numerous venues around the U.S. and in Sweden. She is also a composer, improviser and vocalist. “Call it a fiddle, call it a violin–in [her] hands it is simply a marvelous string instrument that fits into myriad traditions and fuels many cross-cultural fusions,” wrote Richard Harrington in the Washington Post. She has recorded with the early music groups Ensemble Galilei and La Rondinella, the award-winning Cajun band Squeeze Bayou, dulcimists Karen Ashbrook and Maggie Sansone, old-time fiddle/banjo master Bruce Molsky, and legendary New England pianist Bob McQuillen, among many others. You can find about more about Andrea here.

Classically trained on piano and clarinet, Atossa Kramer came to love the music of the folk traditions and learned the accordion and recorder. She played at the Pinewoods dance camp as early as the 1960s. For many years Atossa was a member of the music department at Berea College and was on staff of the Berea Christmas Country Dance School. In addition, she has played for many special dance events around the U.S. Now living in Asheville, Atossa is much appreciated at English Country dances.

Lisa Smith has been playing flute since the age of 10. Currently, she enjoys playing in small chamber groups and jazz ensembles in the Asheville area. She has recently fallen in love with English Country dance music.


  • Friday:  
    • Registration 7:00 pm
    • Dance  7:30-10:30 pm
  • Saturday:
    • Workshop, Dancing the Whole Dance, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
    • Workshop, Dances of Pat Shaw, 2:00-3:30 pm
    • Waltzing  7:00-7:30 pm
    • Ball  7:30-10:30 pm
  • Sunday:
    • Potluck Brunch 10:00 am-1:00 pm,  with singing led by Brooke Friendly and fine fellowship at the home of Lindsay Morris, 54 Fairview Street, Asheville, NC,  28803.  Map

Here  are the dances Brooke has planned for the weekend.  They’ll be taught, of course, but some people might want to review them.


Please register online here (easier on us!) by Paypal or you can send a check. If you’d prefer, you can print the flyer here and mail it with your check made out to Old Farmers Ball (OFB) to:
English Country Dance Asheville
c/o AnneMarie Walter
95 Woodrow Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801.

  • $55 – Weekend Package, before Feb. 3
  • $60 – Weekend Package, after Feb. 3

Separate events can be paid for at the door:

  • Friday night dance $15
  • Saturday workshops $12 each
  • Saturday Evening Ball $25

All Events (except Sunday brunch) at:

 The Center for Art and Spirit at St. George’s Episcopal Church, One School Road, Asheville NC  28806

Directions: The Center is 4½ miles west of downtown Asheville. Heading west on Patton Ave., there is a traffic light at Bear Creek Rd: look for the Malvern Hills sign & turn left.  You’ll see a red brick Presbyterian Church on your right as you turn: tucked behind it, at the “wedge” intersection of Mimosa Dr & School Rd is the home of the Center for Art & Spirit at St. George’s.  Map


Limited hospitality is available. Please request housing via online registration, or by directly contacting Linda Schissler: linda.schissler@gmail.com or by phone:   828.298.2951