2017 Bare Necessities with Susan Kevra Annual Advanced English Country Dance Weekend Nov 3-5 2017 at Morning Star Studio, Fairfield

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Peter Barnes, Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea & Jacqueline Schwab, with Susan Kevra, Caller

Advanced English Country Dance Weekend at Morning Star Studio 51 1/2 South Court St. Fairfield IA

November 3-5, 2017 in Fairfield, Iowa

Susan Kevra Caller and teacher

Sponsored by the Fairfield Folks Arts & Dance Co-Op


November 4th
7:30-11:00 English Country Dancing Bare Necessities with Susan Kevra
Nov. 5th
2:00 - 4:15
Advanced English Country Dance Workshop with Bare Necessities Susan Kevra, Teacher
8:00-11:00 English Country Dance Ball (Elegant wear / period costumes encouraged but not required!) Bare Necessities with Susan Kevra, Caller
November 1st
10:00-12:30 Advanced English Country Dance Workshop with Bare Necessities Susan Kevra, Teacher

About our caller and teacher:
Susan Kevra is known for her clear and lively calling, and is a skilled musician and a budding choreographer to boot. We are delighted to have her lead us at our 24th annual weekend. (Short bio below -- scroll down.)

Delicious snacks, tea and dessert offered during breaks. Schedule subject to revision.
Come enjoy our warm hospitality, delightful dancing and varied culinary, cultural and shopping opportunities. If you’ve never visited Fairfield, you’re in for a treat! You'll enjoy our incredible culinary offerings (Thai, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Ethiopian, Gourmet Pizza, Turkish) and world-class coffee at Cafe Paradiso, all within 1-2 blocks walking distance from the dance!

Please register NOW for next year's weekend in 2017!

Every year we unfortunately have to turn away a number of disappointed dancers, so if you know you want to come, please register today. Thank you!

$125 early bird price -- save $15 until April 1!
Regular price $140 before June 1st: $150 late registration if available after June 30th. (Do NOT count on this!) Includes full weekend and all snacks.

Note: The weekend always sells out: Please register early to avoid disappointment! This weekend is designed for very experienced dancers and attendance is limited.

Register by sending email to FairfolkDancers "at" gmail "dot" com and then send check to arrive within 5 business days via snail-mail to:
Fairfield Folk Arts & Dance Co-op (FFADC)
c/o PO Box 1321, Fairfield, Iowa 52556
Please include name, address, phone and email. Apply early -- registrations now accepted for 2017! We sold out way in advance this year and expect to do so for 2017. Your cancelled cheque is your receipt -- please do not be disappointed if you do not get an email acknowledgement. If you enquire by email you are NOT registered until we receive your check! The time/date of your email will be the tie-breaker if we sell out on the day we receive your check.

Cancellation / Refund Policy: If you cancel, we will allow you to transfer your personal registration to the next year (for one year only). Or you can send someone -- a previously unregistered dancer whom you find -- in your place to this current year's weekend and let us know about the substitution. You handle all the details and work out the payment with your friend. This applies only to the specific weekend you paid for. Other than these two options, unfortunately there are no refunds or exchanges. We simply do not have the volunteer staff to handle these complications. (If you send your check late and the dance is full we will not cash your check.)

Location: The Morning Star Studio, 51 ½ S. Court St. Fairfield, Iowa. Exit 214 coming East on Route 34, then 3 miles West to Main Street, then North to Broadway, East to Court, South on Court St. Or Exit 216 coming West on Route 34, then North on Route 1 (Main St.) to Business 34, then 1 more block north to Broadway, East to Court, South on Court St.. Fairfield Map


With our experience hosting over 20 dance weekends so far, we know what dancers care about and are ready to welcome you with open arms. Unfortunately, home hospitality is available only for the band and caller -- we are a very small dance community! Affordable inns and hotels are available within walking distance from the dance (Landmark Inn) with other motels & inns (Best Western, Super 8, Seven Roses Inn, The Raj Resort) and camping grounds 5-10 minutes from the dance. If you are interested in sharing a hotel or motel room with another dancer, you can try posting in the comments section on our facebook page (click in upper right of this page).

If the weekend includes the first Friday of the month (in 2017, for instance) then if you come early on Friday you can enjoy the attractions of the Fairfield Art Walk before the dance. Fairfield has an amazing amount to offer our visitors, from the largest community of Stapathya Vedic buildings in North America just north in Vedic City, to the Golden Meditation Domes at Maharishi University of Management to the greener-than-green Eco-Village with its earth-friendly designs and technologies. On Art Walk Fridays (including the Friday of our 2017 weekend!) there are events and galleries open starting at 6 pm so you if you come early, you can enjoy the festivities before Friday's dance.

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About Our Caller, Susan Kevra
Susan Kevra is a musician, caller and dancer from Nashville, TN.
She burst onto the New England contra dance scene in the early 1990’s and has spent the last 26 years teaching English country dancing, contras, squares and French dancing across the country and the world. In 2014, she, Karen Axelrod and Rachel Bell formed the band, Old World Charm School. As an English country dance clarinetist she gains a keen appreciation of the link between the music and the figures, which she brings to her teaching. The music of her bandmate, Rachel Bell, inspired her to choreograph English dances, including “Trip to Provence” and “Sylvan Park.” She is a professor of French and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she also teaches a class, "American Social History through Dance."