Fandango! 2017 Weekend

Fandango! 2017
English Country Dance Weekend
will be held
September 22-24, 2017
with Dance Leader Tom Amessé
and Music by Bare Necessities
(scroll down for their bios
and the Weekend Schedule!)


Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030
(an Atlanta suburb)

(Scroll down for Schedule of Events)


For out-of-town dancers who want to find housing with a local host dancer:  please be sure to complete the housing section of the Registration form. For out-of-town dancers who prefer to stay in a hotel, we have negotiated a group rate at two local hotels:

❃ Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory Hotel & Conference Center (1/4 mile from dance hall. Note: while within walking distance, this hotel charges for parking.)
130 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030
A group rate of $159 per night (usually $219 without the group rate) plus taxes is available until September 2nd.
Does not include breakfast or parking.  THERE ARE ONLY 10 ROOMS AVAILABLE AT THIS RATE!
To get the group rate & book your reservation – call 404-371-0204 and ask for the "Fandango Room Block" group rate.
To see hotel features, go to:  HOTEL WEBSITE
❃  Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta-Emory (2 miles from dance hall)
2183 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, Georgia 30033
A group rate of $134.99 per night (usually $189 without the group rate) plus taxes is available until September 1st.

The rate includes free hot deluxe breakfast each morning, free wired & wireless wifi, microwave & fridge in all rooms, business center, fitness center, indoor pool, on site guest laundry & flat screen TV’s on all rooms. 

To get the group rate & book your reservation – call 404-320-0888 and ask for the "Fandango" group rate.
To see hotel features, go to: 

        ❃ Additional hotels are provided in the following list:  Decatur Area Hotels
PARKING (parking in Decatur is at a premium, so here's some basic info)
❃  The Decatur Rec Center shares a free 2-level parking lot with the Library next door.  (Yes, DOUBLE decker, as there is a level below the street lot.)  However, please note that the parking deck fills up quickly!
❃  A map of Decatur, showing the Rec Center & its parking lot IN YELLOW - as well as other area parking lots - can be downloaded here:  Parking Map

❃  Metered parking is strictly enforced in Decatur (2-hour parking limit 8AM - 6PM). But the good news is that metered parking is free after 6PM and all day Sundays)  

❃  There may be free street parking in the surrounding residential area, but watch out for "Residential Parking Only" signs that limit parking in some areas.


❃  DO NOT PARK in the CVS lot on West Ponce. (They watch where you are going and they will boot you car.)

❃  DO NOT PARK in church p-lots on Sunday.

For those dancers who are flying in for Fandango and plan to use public transportation:  you can take the MARTA subway line from inside Hartsfield Airport all the way to downtown Decatur.  Just take any Northbound train to the Five Points stop, and then switch to the Indian Creek Eastbound train and get off at the Decatur stop.  You will be 1 block from the dance hall! 


Decatur is a dining destination, attracting foodies from all across metro Atlanta to more than 80 mostly independent restaurants, cafés and pubs.  The following is just a sampling of restaurants:  Restaurant List

The entire list (by cuisine) is online at:


    7:30 PM         Registration opens
    8-11 PM         English Country Dance
    10AM-12PM   ECD Workshop: "The Music Will Tell You What To Do"
We’ve all heard this phrase before.  However what does it mean, and how can we let the music inspire us and strengthen our dance skills?
    2-4 PM           ECD Workshop: "The Eyes Have It — Making Connections in ECD"
How can we heighten the enjoyment of ECD by making connections not only with our partner, but our neighbors and corners as well?

    8-11:00 PM     Fandango! Ball   

                 Costumes encouraged; Reception at Break. 
                 No alcoholic beverages allowed within Decatur Rec 
                 Center premises. 

    9:30 - 10:30AM     Potluck Breakfast (all food provided by local dancers)
    10:30AM-1PM       Farewell Dance


Tom Amessé
has been an English Country Dance leader in New York City since 2001, completing the Country Dance New York apprenticeship program under the mentorship of Gene Murrow in 2003. Since then, he has called weekly dances, formal dances and Playford Balls throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, including "Dance Flurry" in Saratoga Springs, NY, "NOMAD" in New Haven, CT, the George Washington Ball in New York City, the Twelfth Night Assembly in Staten Island, NY, the Colonial Ball in Trenton, NJ and the Elm City Assembly in New Haven, Ct. Tom has also crossed the pond to call sessions at the Litchfield Folk Festival in England. Tom and his wife, Susan, have also choreographed a number of ECD dances. Besides his passion for ECD, Tom calls contra and traditional square dances. If Tom seems a natural on stage, some of the credit goes to his having acted in local community theater. Tom appeared in numerous roles from from plays by William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Neil Simon and Eugene O’Neill. He is also a popular storyteller. 

Music by Bare Necessities

Bare Necessities is a quartet known for its creative interpretations and recording of English country dance tunes. Its members include Mary Lea on violin and viola, Kate Barnes on winds and guitar, Jacqueline Schwab on piano, and Earl Gaddis on violin.


The group have made an impressive 18 recordings and have redefined the sound of English country dance music with an improvisatory and playful style that reflects their classical background and extensive experience playing for all kinds of dancing. Their music spans the centuries from 16th century Early Music to recently-composed pieces and their improvisation makes for a dynamic interweaving of harmonies and countermelodies.