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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 2016 to download and print (PDF - 88 KB)
|January||Sunday 24||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|February||Sunday 21||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
Save the date for our Marchfest Traditional Dance & Music Event
Marchfest Traditional Dance & Music Weekend
| ||Phillips Recreation Center|
|April||Saturday 16||English Country Dance||7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|May||Saturday 7||English Country Dance||7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|May||Saturday 21||Festival of the English May
||4:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Andersons' barn|
|June||Saturday 11||21st 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.
|A1|| 1st corners back-to-back (1-4),
Same two join right hands (5), join left hands (6),
Turn half-way with crossed hands (7-8)
|A2|| 2nd corners back-to-back (1-4),
Same two join right hands, left hands, turn half-way (5-8)
|B1|| 1ís cast up, 2ís moving down (1-4),
1ís half figure 8 below through the 2's (5-8)
|B2|| 2ís cast up, 1ís moving down (1-4),
2ís half figure 8 below through the 1'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.
Zephyrs and Flora Video 1
Zephyrs and Flora 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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