Community Calendar

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: Lauren Peckman (St. Louis)

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: Euthree (Urbana, IL; Bloomington, IN)
Caller: Jim Hemphill (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Apr
27
Sat
2019
Spring Kalyx Barn Dance @ Kalyx Center for Sustainability
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

We are in the 10th year The Kalyx Barn Dances and it should be a good one with local favorites Too Old To be Controlled playing great tunes all night and Dance Mistress Deborah Hyland calling fun and invigorating dances for us! There will be one of Bill’s famous bonfires at the break and fun had by all! Come early for a potluck and stay late for the camping!

5:00-6:30 Potluck
7:00 Dance
9:00 Bon Fire
9:30ish-11:00 Dance

May
3
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
May 3 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Meadowhawk

Caller: Dale Wilson (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
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