Community Calendar

Jan
4
Fri
2019
Jan Jam 2019 !!! @ Illini Union
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Fri Jan 4, 2019 @ Illini Union Rooms A/B/C:

Details subject to change

Jan
5
Sat
2019
Jan Jam 2019 !!! @ Illini Union
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Sat Jan 5, 2019 @ Illini Union

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 Jam 2019 !!! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Jan 5 @ 11:00 pm – Jan 6 @ 2:00 am

After Party at Channing-Murray Foundation!

Jan Jam After Party: Contra dancing with Amanda Ramey, Matt Turino and
Open band and open calling hosted by Lauren Peckman
Jan
6
Sun
2019
Jan Jam 2019 !!! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Sun Jan 6, 2019 Brunch & Dancing @ Channing-Murray Foundation

  • 10-11a     Brunch
  • 11-12n     Open Waltz with Mean Lids
  • 12-1:30p  Contra Dance with Mean Lids and Scott, Jonathan and Gail
Jan
18
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: The Young and the Fretless

Caller: Jonathan Sivier

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

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

Band: Snakeroot

Caller: Dale Wilson (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Feb
15
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Too Old To Be Controlled (McLean county)

Caller: Deborah Hyland (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Feb
17
Sun
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mar
1
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Acoustic Mayhem (Champaign)

Caller: Karen Jackson (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Rare Privilege (Wisconsin)

Caller: Tamara Loewenthal (Bloomington, IN)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

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
5
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Big Bluestem

Caller: Gail Hintze (Chillicothe, IL)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Apr
14
Sun
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Apr
19
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Acoustic Mayhem

Caller: Jim Hemphill (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

May
4
Sat
2019
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jun
9
Sun
2019
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

The Central Illinois English Country Dancers will be holding their twenty-fourth annual Playford Ball on Sunday, June 19, 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 Burth, 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.