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In the spring we hold a special Weekend of Traditional Dance and Music in cooperation with the Urbana Country Dancers and the Illini Folk Dance Society. This is great opportunity for dancers in our area and we hope that everyone will make plans to join us.
Pictures from past dance weekends
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CIECD schedule for spring 2017 to download and print (PDF - 149 KB)
|January||Sunday 22||New Year's Ball
This will be a special dance to replace the Christmas Ball which was cancelled due to bad weather. We plan on doing the same set of dances we had planned for the ball. We will still be teaching and calling all of the dances, but if you want to check out the dances you can find the instructions at www.centralillinoisecd.org/xmas_dances.html
Admission $5 ($4 with a snack to share at the break)
We may have some additional special activities at this dance, so stay tuned.
|2:00 - 5:30 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|February||Sunday 19||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|March||Saturday 18||English Country Dance||7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|April||Saturday 15||English Country Dance||7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|May||Saturday 6||English Country Dance||7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|May||Saturday 20||Festival of the English May
We've had to cancel the May Fest for this year. We hope to bring it back next year. For a Maypole dance and other dancing outdoors join us on May 6 at 2 p.m. at the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet for their May Day event.
|4:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Andersons' barn|
|June||Saturday 10||22nd Annual
Suggested donation $7.00
|7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
If you would like to hire the band to play for your event contact
Tom Anderson at:
We will be doing the dance we have selected at each of our monthly dances this fall and then it will be done without teaching or calling at the Christmas Ball in December. The dance is fairly straightforward and will be quite accessible for anyone with even a modest amount of experience in English country dance.
Duple Proper Longways
|A1|| 1st corners set (1-2),
Turn single to place (3-4),
Two-hand turn (5-8)
|A2||2nd corners the same|
|B1|| 1's cross and cast to 2nd place, 2's moving up (1-4),
1's half figure 8 above (5-8)
|B2||1's gate down with the couple below (1-4),
1's gate up with their original 2's (5-8)
Videos of some people doing this dance. Be aware that our local styling may be a bit different than that seen in the videos. However, these should give you a feel for how the dance fits the music and some ideas for how to make your own dancing elegant and graceful.
Corelli's Maggot Video 1
Corelli's Maggot Video 2
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For a related dance form try contra dance, traditional American country dance, with the Urbana Country Dancers. They do contras and squares which are the dance forms that English country dance evolved into here in America in the late 1700's and early 1800's.
For some additional variety you might want to check out the International Folk Dance Society. They do dances from all over the world.
The Central Illinois English Country Dancers is affiliated with the Urbana Park District and the
Country Dance and Song Society
and is a member of the Champaign County Cultural Consortium.
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