Folk Dancing Book Tour! (Oct. 2011)

If you’ve ever wondered…

●Why were you forced to do Square Dance in PE class?
●Does the United States have any original folk dances?
●Why do Square Dance and Contra Dance have similar calls?
●Just how international is International Folk Dance?
●How did Clogging become a competitive activity?
●How did English Country Dance spread across North America?
●What is the role of musicians in various dance communities?

Finally, there is a book to answer these questions and more!

Folk Dancing is part of the American Dance Floor Series published by ABC-CLIO. This book covers the history of social dancing in North America, with emphasis on the 20th century folk dance movement. Nielsen traveled to dance events across the nation and interviewed myriad insiders for this one-of-a-kind, must-have reference book. It was published in July 2011.

Book Signing Appearances

Erica will be signing books (and dancing) at actual dance events. Books will be available for purchase at most venues for $35, cash or check. However, people are encouraged to order their books ahead of time from or If you have questions, email: Ericawritesdance at

Oct. 19th, 7:30-10:30 p.m. (meet half-hour before dance in lobby)
Columbia International Folk Dancers
Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row,Columbia, Maryland

Oct. 20th, 5:30-7 p.m.
Dinner with DC Lambda Squares, TBA

Oct. 20th, 7:30-10:45 p.m.
Glen Echo Folkdancers
Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Drive,Bethesda,Maryland

Oct. 21st, 5:30-10 p.m. (by registration desk)
Times Squares’ Peel the Pumpkin Fly-in
Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, Asbury Park
1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Oct. 22nd, 1-10 p.m. (by musicians’ CD table)
Baltimore Playford Ball
Church of the Redeemer, 5603 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21210

Oct. 23rd, 2-5 p.m. (meet half-hour before dance)
WASCA President’s Appreciation Ball
Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss Street, Alexandria, VA 22312

Oct. 23rd, 6:30-10:30 p.m. (meet half-hour before dance)
Glen Echo Square and Contra Dance
7300MacArthur Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland
*Dancers should order books online and bring them to the dance

Oct. 25th, 7:30-10:30 p.m. (meet half-hour before dance)
Winston-Salem Contra Dance
Vintage Theater, 7 Vintage Ave., Winston-Salem, NC
*Dancers should order books online and bring them to the dance

Oct. 27th, 7:00-10:30 p.m. (meet half-hour before dance)
Warren Wilson Contra Dance
Bryson Gym, 701 Warren Wilson Road., Winston-Salem, NC
*Dancers should order books online and bring them to the dance

Oct. 28th, 7:30-10:30 p.m. (meet half-hour before dance)
Advanced Contra Dance
Masonic Lodge, 80 Broadway St, Asheville, NC
*Dancers should order books online and bring them to the dance

Oct. 29th, afternoon (TBA)
Guest Lecture at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. We will stay for the evening contra dance.



September 28, 2011. Uncategorized.

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