Annual English and Scottish Spring Ball Weekend

37th Annual Spring Ball Weekend
Ashland, March 31-April 2, 2017

Hosted by the Ashland Branch of the Heather and the Rose Country Dancers
Contact: Brooke Friendly, (541) 482-9586, friendsack at

Friday March 31, 2017

7:30 pm - Dance Party focusing on fun, accessible dances that both new and experienced dancers will enjoy. The ball musicians will play. Admission is $8 at the door.

Saturday April 1, 2017

10:00 am-Noon - Workshop on the dances of Pat Shaw. Admission is $5 at the door.

1:30-4:30 pm - Ball Review Workshop. Admission is included in ball price. At the ball, dances will be briefly walked through but not prompted.

7:30 pm - Ashland Country Dancers 37th annual English & Scottish Country Dance Ball. Registration and ball program flyer

Sunday April 2, 2017

Potluck Brunch - time and location TBA

1:30 pm informal Open Mic Dance Party. No charge. The DanceSpace, 280 E Hersey St #10, Ashland


Shira Kammen (CA), a multi-instrumentalist (primarily violin, vielle, and viola) and vocalist, has spent most of her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. She is a favorite at dance camps and events around North America and beyond. A member for many years of the early music ensembles Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Folger and Newberry Consorts, Anonymous 4, the Boston Camerata, the Balkan group Kitka, and the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals. Shira is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to performance on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, and Japan, and on the Colorado, Rogue and Klamath Rivers. Shira has recorded many albums in a variety of styles of music, five volumes of Impropriety with the band Roguery. The strangest place Shira has played is in the elephant pit of the Jerusalem Zoo.

Jim Oakden (CA) started playing piano and clarinet at an early age and stumbled into early music from the classical music scene. After six years performing early music, he discovered the world of traditional and ethnic music. Having diverse tastes, he has played in many bands and performs on an absurd number of instruments, including accordion, mandolin, several styles of bagpipes, recorders, whistle and zurna (to name but a few). A dancer himself, he specializes in playing for dancers in a bunch of bands for ECD, contra, morris, Irish, Breton/French, Greek, and Bulgarian. He has been on staff at myriad dance camps throughout the country. His recordings include two albums with Persons of Quality and five volumes of Impropriety with the band Roguery.

Charlie Hancock (CA) pianist and accordionist, is equally adept playing for English country, Scottish country, contras, and display dancing. Performed with brilliance, drive and clarity, his music is infused with jazz, swing, and Irish influences. He is a member of several Bay Area dance bands, including the Raggedy Annes, and has recorded with Sylvia Herold, Holly Tannen, and Cathie Whitesides.


Location for Friday and Saturday events

The Grove Gym
1195 East Main St
Ashland OR 97520

From Siskiyou Blvd in Ashland, turn down Mountain Ave, turn right on East Main. The Grove is on the left. There is plenty of parking.


The Ball is $29 general admission; $24 for Heather & Rose members (Saturday afternoon ball reivew workshop included in price). The Friday evening dance party is $8 at the door. The Saturday morning Pat Shaw workshop is $5 at the door.

Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Housing may be arranged for Friday and Saturday nights. Registration form includes information on ball dances.

Ball Review Workshops

Sunday March 19 2017, 5:30-8:30 pm
Sunday March 26 2017, 3:30-6:30 pm
The DanceSpace 280 E Hersey St, #10, Ashland
$4 at the door.

All events are fragrance-free - please help us make dance accessible to all by not wearing scented products!