Dear Friends of the Whately Dance Barn:

As a supplement to the email invitations we have sent (or will send), please note the information below, including directions to our home. If you have not received an email message from us, please note that the Whately Barn is a private space at our home which we use, from time to time, for dancing with our many friends who share the same passion for dancing. If you have any questions, please contact Richard or Flora at florafauna*atsymbol*, or call (413) 665-0484.

Coming up:

Amherst International Folk Dancing

comes to the Whately Barn on the following Fridays:

June 5, July 3, July 17, July 31, Aug. 14, and Aug. 28, 2015

All other Friday dances during the months of June, July and August will be held at the Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst

(June 19, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, and August 21---EXCEPTION, no dance on June 12)


Whately Ball, Saturday, June 6, 2015, Caller:  Barbara Finney, Musicians:  The Figments

Attendance by reservation only.  Our Ball is full but we are accepting registrations for the wait list.




… waltz workshop with leading Australian Dancing Master

John Gardiner-Garden

...evening dance with music by



Karen Axelrod on piano

Aldo Fabrizi on mandolins

Sunday, June 28, 2015


2:00—5:00 p.m., waltz workshop

5:00—7:00 p.m., pot luck dinner

7:00—10:00 p.m., evening of waltzing,

interspersed every 4th dance with waltz games, hybrids, and mixers led by

John Garden

 Save the date and watch for our email invitation!


Balkan Folk Dance with

Balkan Fields

Saturday, November 21, 2015

7:30 p.m.

Dean Brown (tambura, guitar), Melinda Fields (accordion), Mel Fitzhugh (bass),

Henry Goldberg (tupan, darbuka, riq), Melinda Hunt (vocals), Ralph Iverson (violin, gadulka, sax).


Versatile and multi-talented, this 6-member ensemble performs pan-Balkan music which is fresh, exciting and perhaps somewhat new to dance audiences. Along with well-loved standards, the group also includes arrangements and original compositions by group members, Bulgarian pop tunes, accordion/violin duos written by Ivan Milev, and some “off-the-beaten-track” Balkan tunes which work really well for dances most people already know. Some were recovered from old ailing cassettes, some were brought back from various workshops here in the US and abroad.

Balkan Fields dance sets typically include songs and instrumental music from the Roma tradition, the former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria, with occasional border-crossings into Greece, Albania and Romania.


Save the date and watch for our email invitation as we get closer to Nov. 21.


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Other dances are "in the works" so we encourage you to check this web site periodically and/or watch for our email flyers.

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Please remember that should you come to one of our dances,

please bring clean, non-street, soft-soled shoes to protect the dance floor.



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These events at: Richard and Flora's Whately Dance Barn

(half way between Greenfield and Northampton, MA - an easy 6 minutes off Rt. 91)


The Whately Dance Barn is a private space at our home which we use, from time to time, for dancing with our many friends who share the same passion for dance. We are not public, we are not a business, and we do not rent out our hall. If you have any questions or wish more information, contact Flora or Richard at florafauna*atsymbol*, or call (413) 665-0484.