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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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|January||Sunday 20||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|February||Sunday 24||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|March||Friday 8 -
|Marchfest Traditional Dance & Music Weekend|| ||Illini Union|
|March||Friday 22||Pride and Prejudice Ball
In honor of the bicentennial of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, we will be holding a a Jane Austen themed ball. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is $5, but bring a snack to share and get $1 off.
Flier for the event (PDF - 97 KB)
|7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|April||Saturday 6||Unity Dance
An evening of Contra, English & Folk dancing
Workshop - 7 p.m.
Dancing - 8 to 10 p.m.
|7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Illini Union, Room 314|
|April||Saturday 20||English Country Dance||7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|May||Saturday 18||Festival of the English May
||1:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Andersons' barn|
|May||Saturday 25||English Country Dance||7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|June||Saturday 8||English Country Dance||7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|June||Saturday 15||17th Annual
Dance warmup 7:00 - 8:00
Suggested donation $7.00
|8:00 - 11:00 p.m.||Illini Union|
If you would like to hire the band to play for your event contact
Tom Anderson at:
Originally we wanted to do a dance that was a bit more challenging, but the number of new people we have had this spring has made that difficult, so we have decided to use a more accessible dance for this.
There are several variations of this dance with little differences, so be aware that others may do it slightly differently.
In the A parts the 2's have the option of observing while the 1's do the setting, or setting back at the same time, depending on how enegetic they feel.
The circles in B2 can be done with just a walking step, or if you feel energetic enough they can be done as slipping circles as the music seems to indicate.
A video of some people doing this dance
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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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