Community Calendar

May
4
Sat
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
May
17
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
May 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Euphor (Urbana, IL; Bloomington, IN; Lexington, KY)

Caller: Lauren Kriel (Evanston)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jun
7
Fri
2019
Steampunk Contra Dancing @ Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Steampunk Contra Dancing

Ticketed event. Come dance the night away with the Chicago band Ceilidh Bandicoots! Featuring callers Jonathan Sivier, Jon Hanson, and Scott Meyer.

Contra dancing was popular in the 19th century and it’s had a big revival this past decade. You don’t need a partner and you don’t need fancy lessons. Any level of dance skill can join in just listen to the caller and have a ball. A costume is not required, but it makes it more fun!

Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Note: Event will break to allow dancers to attend the Arc Attack Demo and will resume afterwards. Ticket price provides admission to both dance sessions.

Jun
9
Sun
2019
24th Annual Playford Ball @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Central Illinois English Country Dancers

Invite You To An

English Country Dance

Playford Ball

Regency Quadrille Dancers

The Central Illinois English Country Dancers will be holding their twenty-fourth annual Playford Ball on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The dance will be held at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 West Stoughton, Urbana, IL. The Ball will run from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. There is a $7.00 suggested donation to help cover the cost of the Ball. Bring a snack or dessert to share at the break and get $1 off the admission price. Fans and finery are encouraged. All lovers of English Country dance and music are welcome.

  • Dances Led By: Susan Burt, Jon Hanson, Scott Meyer, Jonathan Sivier
  • Music Provided By: The Flatland Consort
  • Doors Open: 1:30 p.m.
  • Playford Ball: 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019
  • Location: Phillips Recreation Center, 505 West Stoughton, Urbana, IL
  • Suggested Donation: $7.00 ($6.00 with a dessert to share)

There will be refreshments at the break, so bring some snacks to share.

Jun
14
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: The Young and the Fretless

Caller: Jonathan Sivier

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Fiddlin Banjo Billy & The Old Time Players (Tolono, IL & somewhere in the Ozarks!)

Caller: Jim Hemphill (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jul
12
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jul 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Too Old To Be Controlled (McLean County)

Caller: Bob Green (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jul
19
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Acoustic Mayhem

Caller; Gail Hintze (Chillicothe, IL)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Aug
2
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Mean Lids

Caller: Karen Jackson (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Aug
30
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: The Cosmic Otters (Chicago, IL & Bloomington, IN)

Caller: Georges Augustin (Chicago)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Sep
6
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Too Old To Be Controlled (McLean county)

Superhero Caller: Martha Tyner (Bloomington, IL)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Sep
8
Sun
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Central Illinois English Country Dancers will be holding a dance with live music provided by local musicians. Dancers of all ages are welcome. All dances will be taught. Partners, costumes and experience are not required, however we ask that soft-soled, non-marking, non-street shoes be worn so as not to damage the dance floor.

Sep
20
Fri
2019
Electro Contra Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

DJ: DR Shadow (Indianapolis)

Caller: Deborah Hyland (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Sep
22
Sun
2019
Dancing in the Garden @ Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens
Sep 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dancing in the Garden
We will be meeting at the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden by the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet.
Free!
In case of rain or excessive heat we will dance in the education center in the museum.

Sep
28
Sat
2019
Kalyx Center Barn Dance! @ Kalyx Center for Sustainability
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Euphor (IL, IN, KY)

Caller: David Ernst (Bloomington, IN)

  • 5-7p  Potluck Dinner
  • 7-11p  Barn Dance
  • 9:00p  Massive Bonfire
Oct
4
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Bands: Big Bluestem (first half) / Open Band (second half)

Caller: Sarah Kaiser (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Oct
13
Sun
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Oct
18
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: The Young and the Fretless

Callers: Amanda Ramey & Miriam Larson

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Oct
25
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Urbana Dance Company
Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers (Viroqua, WI)

Caller: Gail Hintze (Chillicothe, IL)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Nov
1
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Nov 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Patt & Possum (Evanston, IL)

Caller: Bob Green (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation