English Country Dance Schedule
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.
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. Last year's weekend, August 31-September 2, 2018, with Gene Murrow and the Ladies at Play was sold out in May! Be sure to sign up early next year!
Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable (flat) shoes. We normally wear casual clothing at our regular dances, and dress up for the balls.
Monday December 3, 2018 7pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5
Friday December 21, 2018 7pm YULETIDE BALL $15 (ask about discounts)
band: Ragged Robin (Martha Edwards, Billy Boyer and Friends)
caller: Jill Horn, Bob Green, Peter Wollenberg, and Karen Jackson
Monday January 7, 2019 7pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5
Friday January 18, 2018 7pm English Country Dance $10 (ask about discounts)
Monday February 4, 2019 7pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5
Friday February 15, 2018 7pm English Country Dance $10 (ask about discounts)