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.
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
The Central Illinois English Country Dancers
Invite You To An
English Country Dance
- 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.
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.
Dennis Stroughmatt and Friends
Dear friends and music lovers,
I’ll be playing Cajun music & more with my musical compadre Dennis Stroughmatt, this Saturday Sept. 21. This will be an early show at the Iron Post, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This will be a “full band” gig at the Iron Post, so come on out for two sets of Cajun, Creole, Zydeco, blues, trad country and more. I’ve played a good handful of gigs with Dennis in recent months, and all of them have been a lot of fun.
If you’ve never seen and heard Dennis before, then you’re in for a treat. Besides being a terrific fiddle player (and solid on accordion as well), Dennis has a really strong singing voice. His knowledge of music is deep, and he usually hits on a fair number of music genres during each show (Cajun, Creole, blues, etc.). Come out if you can and I hope to see some of you there.