Brooke Friendly has been folk and country dancing for more than 30 years. She was a founding member of The Heather and the Rose Country Dancers (H&R), a statewide organization promoting English and Scottish Country Dance with several branches throughout Oregon whose teachers use global terminology for calling dances. She served as H&R's treasurer and secretary for seven years. In 2014 she joined the Board of Directors the Country Dance and Song Society as secretary.
Brooke has been leading a weekly English and Scottish Country Dance in Ashland Oregon since 1982. She teaches dance classes the Southern Oregon University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and has taught an academic credit class at SOU. Brooke also calls contra dance, leads family dances, and teaches dance at local K-12 schools. She coordinates the Ashland branch's annual spring ball weekend that will celebrate its 37th anniversary in 2017.
She and her husband Chris Sackett have published five volumes of country dances (Impropriety) and CD of tunes for their books.
Brooke also teaches at dance camps, balls, festivals, and workshops throughout North America and England. For more information on Brooke's teaching, upcoming events, books, and CDs go to her website: BrookeFriendlyDance.com.
Selected upcoming and recent bookings:
In Seattle WA: Seattle Ball, February 25, 2017
In Healdsburg CA: Program Director for BACDS Hey Days English Dance and Music Week, August 20-27, 2017
In Becket MA: Lavendar Country and Folk Dancers Fall Dance Camp, October 20-22, 2017
In Atlanta GA: Fandango English Dance Weekend, September 21-23, 2018
In England: Morland and Southam Dance Weeks, August 2016
In Monte Toyon CA: BACDS Family Week, July 3-8, 2016
In Coeur d'Alene ID: Lady of the Lake June Week, June 19-25, 2016
In Durham NC: Sun Assembly English Dance Weekend, March 12-13 2016
Chippenham Festival England, May 26-30, 2016: English country dance and contra
At Halsway Manor, UK: Contra Week, October 5-9, 2015 (part of a month-long calling tour)
On Mayne Island, BC, Canada: Annual Ball, June 6, 2015
In Portugal: English Country Dance Holiday, February 1-15, 2015
In Pittsburgh PA: Contra and English country dance for fall weekend with Roguery, October 10-12, 2014
In Petaluma CA: Mad Robin Ball, June 14, 2014
In Ann Arbor MI: Dawn Dance Weekend, February 22-24, 2013