English Country Dance Schedule

3dancers

Childgrove English Country Dancers dance usually (but not always - check below!) on First Mondays and Third Fridays*

English Country Dancing is an easy, fun, social dance done to live classical music. Although it has a long history, it is a very alive tradition, with new dances and music being written all the time.

On First Mondays, we have a "Learn to Dance English" event from 7-9pm. This is perfect for folks who are curious and would like to try the sort of dancing you've seen in those Jane Austen movies.  Experienced dancers are highly encouraged to come for the entire evening to help the new folks have a bunch of fun, then stay and enjoy a few more complex dances later in the evening.

We also have regular English Country dances with live music on third Fridays from 7:00-9:30pm with the occasional fancy dress ball (see the schedule) thrown in.  Everyone is welcome; all dances are taught and prompted; no partner is required; come alone or bring a friend. First-timers are encouraged to come early for the simpler dances that are taught earlier in the evening.

Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable (flat) shoes. We normally wear casual clothing at our regular dances, and dress up for the balls.

High Tea

Once a year on Labor Day Weekend we hold an English Country Dance Weekend called "HIGH TEA" - we bring in a national-level caller and band, and dance Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It often sells out, so be sure to sign up early next year!

NEWS FLASH!!! (2019) The new edition of Barnes (collections of tunes for dances all ECD groups use) is out, and a one of our local dancers has, not one, but THREE, dances featured in Barnes 3. The tune for Bob Green's "Waves of Grain" (to the tune, "Wheat," by local fiddler Martha Edwards!), is there, as well as his  "I wrote it on the Grapevine" - to "Pacheco Pass," a tune written by the wonderful Ladies at Play, of Oklahoma City.

Upcoming Dances

Friday, February 21, 2020 7pm English Country Dance $10

caller: Cathy Hollister, from Nashville
band: CCD Band

Friday, March 20, 2020 7pm English Country Dance $10

caller: Bob Green
band: CCD Band

Friday, April 17, 2020 7pm English Country Dance $10

caller: Karen Jackson
band: CCD Band

Friday, May 15, 2020 7pm English Country Dance $10

caller: Courtney Cartwright
band: CCD Band

Friday, June 19, 2020 7pm English Country Dance $10

caller: Sarah Kaiser
band: CCD Band

Past Dances 2020

Monday January 6, 2020 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7pm - English Country Dance  CANCELLED ON ACCOUNT OF ICE

band: Martha Edwards and Roger Netherton on fiddle, Kristin Graham on keyboard
caller: MR2  (Missy Reisenleiter and Mark Rice)