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
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.

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
22
Sun
2019
Dancing in the Garden @ Museum of the Grand Prairie
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 @ 314A Illini Union
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Jan
19
Sun
2020
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jan 19 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Feb
16
Sun
2020
English Country Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
May
1
Sat
2021
The Young & the Fretless “Farewell to Hilary” @ Rose Bowl Tavern Patio
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Young & the Fretless is playing at the Rose Bowl Tavern Patio in downtown Urbana on Saturday, May 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This May Day musical performance is also a “Farewell to Hilary” show. Our warm-hearted singer, guitarist and dulcimer player is moving to Arkansas and we will miss her dearly. Please join us in this sendoff performance in which we will be playing our favorite old-time fiddle tunes and songs and, of course, featuring Hilary Valentine!

Jun
10
Thu
2021
Old-Time Jam @ Lincoln Square, Urbana. Southeast side.
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Weekly old time jam on Thursdays 7-9pm. South East side of Lincoln Square. Contact Ed, oltime1@att.net. 217-493-4654.

Jun
13
Sun
2021
Gas Light Quartet @ Rose Bowl Tavern parking lot patio
Jun 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sunday, June 13th live at The Rose Bowl Tavern, 4-6pm.

Gas Light Quartet plays popular music from the late 19th century and early 20th century!

Clarke Buehling – (banjo and Vocals) is known for his faithful renditions of early banjo tunes, many gleaned from his personal collection of sheet music published for the 5 string banjo more than 100 years ago. Clarke currently teaches banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar, he also performs with the Ozark Highballers,the First Line trad-jazz band and the Carousel Orchestra.

Paul and Christine Breen have played back up for Billy Mathews for
over 15 years, playing on stages as

Fiddlin Banjo Billy and The Old Time Players. Billy spent many hours mentoring this couple in the style of Old Time Music. Fiddlin Banjo Billy Mathews (fiddle and banjo-mandolin) has been playing and teaching a new generation the old time fiddle tunes he has learned and composed in his time traveling in the Mid-West and Upper South. Recently a collection of his 500 fiddle tunes project has been transcribed by Emily Elam and is now available as a book.

  • BYOFood, The Rose Bowl Tavern has the beverages covered.
  • Tips for the band always appreciated!
  • Show is outside! Dress for the weather.
  • Please follow CDC guidelines