Community Calendar

Jan
5
Sat
2019
English Country Dance @ Illini Union Rooms A/B/C
Jan 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
English Country Dance with Bob Green and Martha Edwards
Jan
20
Sun
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What is English Country Dance?

English Country Dance is the dance form that was popular in England and America in the 1600’s, 1700’s and early 1800’s. It is one of the dance forms from which modern contra and square dance are descended. If you’ve seen any of the recent Jane Austen movies then you’ve seen this sort of dance. We also do some early American dances from the Colonial and Revolutionary War eras. Follow this link for more information.

Feb
17
Sun
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mar
16
Sat
2019
Marchfest Saturday Afternoon Workshops @ Phillips Recreation Center
Mar 16 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

12:30-1:30p  Favorite Dances of Folklore Village

  • Leader: Martha Tyner
  • Band: Rare Privilege
    A variety of dances done at festivals at Folklore Village in Wisconsin

1:45-3:15p Selections from a Caller’s In-Basket

  • Leader: Nikki Herbst
  • Band: Rare Privilege
    From new compositions to newly reconstructed dances written centuries ago, in this workshop we will learn a variety of dances that show the tremendous breadth of style, shape, and feel of English Country Dance.

3:30-4:30p Early American Dances

  • Leader: Jonathan Sivier
  • Band: The Flatland Consort
    American dances from the 18th and 19th centuries
Marchfest English Country Ball @ Phillips Recreation Center
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Band: Rare Privilage (Wisconsin)

Leader: Nikki Herbst (Iowa City, IA)

Mar
17
Sun
2019
Marchfest Farewell Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Band: Rare Privilege (Wisconsin)

Leader: Nikki Herbst (Iowa City, IA)

Apr
14
Sun
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
May
4
Sat
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
May
16
Thu
2019
Cornstalkers Cajun Band @ Rose Bowl Tavern
May 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Featuring:

  • Tom Turino – Cajun accordion et Cajun fiddle
  • Shannon Arnold – ‘Tit-fer
  • Matt Turino – Fiddle et frottoir
  • Samuel Payne – Guitar
  • JB Faires – Bass

“The dance floor will be open.”

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.

Backdoor Cajun Band @ The Iron Post
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

After a long layoff, the Backdoor Cajun Band will be gathering to play
some music this coming Sunday, June 9 at The Iron Post in downtown Urbana.
We’ll start at about 7:00PM and play two sets of traditional Cajun and
Creole music – waltzes, two-steps, and some get-down zydeco.

This band plays occasionally (or Aux-Cajun-ally) but we always have fun
when we get together.  This will be Matt Turino on fiddle, Randy Cordle
on bass and mandolin, Sam Payne on guitar, Rob Krumm on accordion and
Dave Pride on percussion.

Aug
16
Fri
2019
Creole Stomp @ Taste of Champaign-Urbana
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

6:30-7:30pm: Creole Stomp

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.

Backdoor Cajun Band @ The Iron Post
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Backdoor Cajun Band for an evening of traditional Cajun music including graceful waltzes, lively two-steps and get-down Zydeco.  This local band features:

  • Matt Turino on fiddle
  • Randy Cordle on bass
  • Rob Krumm on accordion
  • Sam Payne on guitar
  • Dave Pride on percussion

Come on out, dance, and pass a good time.

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.

Oct
13
Sun
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Nov
3
Sun
2019
English Country Dance w/Olde Music @ Phillips Recreation Center
Nov 3 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

An extra dance with music by special guest band Olde Music

Nov
17
Sun
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
15
Sun
2019
English Country Dance Christmas Ball @ Phillips Recreation Center
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

25th Annual Christmas Ball
The ball will include refreshments and carol singing
Suggested donation $7