Fandango! 2018
English Country Dance Weekend
will be held
September 21-23, 2018
with Dance Leader Brooke Friendly
and Music by Roguery
(scroll down for their bios
and the Weekend Schedule!)

* * * * * Register via snailmail or online at THIS LINK * * * * *

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 August 31st.
Does not include breakfast or parking. 
To get the group rate & book your reservation – Click on this Link
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 $139.99 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:   Unpublished Impropriety
Enjoy a whole session focusing on the newest, unpublished dances from Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett. Come dance to the great tunes that have inspired the figures, phrasing, progressions, and nuances that are the signature of this duo’s work.

    2-4 PM           ECD Workshop:   Dancing the Whole Dance
Within the context of dancing excellent dances, we will explore global and positional terminology as a tool to build community and learn (and dance) the whole dance. You will have the opportunity to dance all roles in a dance - learning the whole pattern. If you are interested in looking at a new way of teaching or building a dance community, you’ll leave with some tools and food for thought. If you want to dance a variety of enjoyable dances, the teaching language has the benefit of simplicity and clarity . . . and there will be plenty of good dancing!

                     8-11:00 PM     Fandango! Evening Dance   

                 Formal attire encouraged (whether period costume or just dress-up clothes!)
                 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

* * * * * Register via snailmail or online at THIS LINK * * * * *


Brooke Friendly . . . . .  has been country and folk dancing for more than 30 years and has taught since 1982. Brooke has been on staff at numerous dance camps, weekends, festivals, balls, and other events around North America and England. In 2007 and 2008, she was program director of the Bay Area Country Dance Society English Dance and Music Week. In addition, she leads callers' workshops for English country dance teachers. Brooke also calls for contra, barn, and family dances. She has been on the roster of guest presenters for visiting school groups program of the Center for Shakespeare Studies at SOU.

With her husband, Chris Sackett, Brooke has devised English and Scottish Country Dances, to increasing international acclaim, since 1996. They have published five books of dances — Impropriety Volumes 1 through 5. Moreover, Brooke and Chris have collaborated with the ECD band Roguery (Anita Anderson and Dave Bartley from Seattle WA, Shira Kammen from Berkeley CA, and Jim Oakden from Santa Cruz CA) to produce five CDs of music for the English Country Dances.

Brooke was a founding member of The Heather and the Rose Country Dancers, a statewide organization promoting English and Scottish Country Dance with several branches throughout Oregon whose teachers use global terminology (no reference to gender) for calling dances.

Brooke joined the board of the Country Dance and Song Society as secretary in April 2014. Previously, she was on the CDSS board and executive committee for six years (2001-07) and served on the CDSS Youth Task Group.

In addition to teaching, organizing, and composing country dance, Brooke has been in several performing groups presenting English, Scottish, Irish and Garland dance and was on a Morris dance team for eight years. She loves to sing, especially rounds, and has taught round workshops and led round singing at a variety of events.


A versatile English Country Dance band including Anita Anderson (piano, voice, bells, zills) and Dave Bartley (guitars, cittern, mandolin, dumbek) from Seattle WA, Jim Oakden (recorders, clarinets, banjo, whistle, guitar, accordion) from Santa Cruz CA, and Shira Kammen (fiddle, viola, vielle, voice) from Berkeley CA, the band’s varied influences include English, contra, early music, classical, Breton, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Galician, French, Balkan, jazz-fusion, gospel, Scandinavian, and Greek.

Roguery has produced five "Impropriety" CDs for the English Country Dance community.

* * * * * Register via snailmail or online at THIS LINK * * * * *