OFB English Country Dance

Effective March 13, 2020: English Country Dances are canceled until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns. Please share this information and take care.

ECD

Midwinter Weekend will be February 7-8-9, 2020

Apr
5
Sun
ECD CANCELLED until further notice.
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Apr
19
Sun
ECD CANCELLED until further notice
Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
May
3
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: George Schissler, fiddle/concertina; Linda Schissler, piano.
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: George Schissler, fiddle/concertina; Linda Schissler, piano.

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

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

May
17
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Cathy Arps, fiddle; Mary Dart, recorder; Linda Hunt, piano.
May 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Cathy Arps, fiddle; Mary Dart, recorder; Linda Hunt, piano.

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

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Jun
7
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: Julia Hartman, fiddle; Lisa Smith, flute; Atossa Kramer, Piano.
Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, 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

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Jun
21
Sun
ECD Venue Change. Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Laura Lengnick, fiddle; Karen Gaughan, piano.
Jun 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Venue Change. Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Laura Lengnick, fiddle; Karen Gaughan, piano.

Please take note that our March 1st ECD will be at Bethesda UMC at Haw Creek Commons;  315 Old Haw Creek Rd., Asheville  NC, 28805.   (Corner of Bethesda Rd. and Old Haw Creek Rd.)   https://www.bethesdaumcavl.org/

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
5
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: TBA
Jul 5 @ 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

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Jul
19
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Julia Hartman, fiddle; Laurie Fisher, fiddle; Chelsea Cribbs, piano.
Jul 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Julia Hartman, fiddle; Laurie Fisher, fiddle; Chelsea Cribbs, piano.

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

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Aug
2
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: Mountain English (Robert Reichert, fiddle; Cathy Arps, fiddle; Mary Dart, recorder; Beth Reichert, piano.
Aug 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: Mountain English (Robert Reichert, fiddle; Cathy Arps, fiddle; Mary Dart, recorder; Beth Reichert, piano.

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

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Aug
16
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Laura Light, fiddle; Debbie Robinson, flute; Linda Hunt, piano.
Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: Laura Light, fiddle; Debbie Robinson, flute; Linda Hunt, piano.

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

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Sep
6
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader; Music: Nora Garver, fiddle; Julia Weatherford, cello; Karen Gaughan, piano.
Sep 6 @ 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

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Sep
20
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: TBA
Sep 20 @ 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

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Oct
4
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: Julia Hartman, fiddle; Lisa Smith, flute; Chelsea Cribbs, piano.
Oct 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: Julia Hartman, fiddle; Lisa Smith, flute; Chelsea Cribbs, piano.

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

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Oct
18
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Three-Leaf Clover (Cathy Arps, fiddle; Suzanne Hosch, fiddle; Roger Gold, guitar.
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Three-Leaf Clover (Cathy Arps, fiddle; Suzanne Hosch, fiddle; Roger Gold, guitar.

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
1
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: TBA
Nov 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

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Nov
15
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Mountain English (Robert Reichert, fiddle; Cathy Arps, fiddle; Mary Dart, recorder; Beth Reichert, piano.
Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader; Music: Mountain English (Robert Reichert, fiddle; Cathy Arps, fiddle; Mary Dart, recorder; Beth Reichert, piano.

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

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Dec
6
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: Cathy Arps, fiddle; Suzanne Hosch, flute; Janet Muse, piano.
Dec 6 @ 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

$8/$7 for OFB Members

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

Dec
20
Sun
ECD Festive End-Of-Year Dance. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music, TBA
Dec 20 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Festive End-Of-Year Dance. Bob Thompson, Leader; Music, TBA

Join us for our festive End-Of-Year English Country Dance celebrating another fine year of English Country Dance! Wear your finest bling and sparkles.
Homewood; 19 Zillicoa Street, Asheville, NC 28801

3:30pm-4:00pm, Waltzing. No Beginners’ Workshop today.

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$8/$7 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a festive snack to share at the break; 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