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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 summer and fall 2017 to download and print (PDF - 89 KB)
|July||Sunday 23||Dancing in the Garden
We will be meeting at the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden by the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet.
In case of rain or ecessive heat we will dance in the education center in the museum.
|3:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Botanical Garden|
|September||Sunday 24||English Country Dance
The first hour will feature an introduction to English Country Dance. This is a good opportunity to get started in ECD, or review the basics if you haven't been for a while.
Please note that the date and time of this dance has been changed due to a conflict. It was previously scheduled for the evening of Saturday, September 23.
|2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|October||Saturday 28||English Country Dance
Halloween Masqurade Ball
Costumes, of any sort, encouraged
Admission: $5 ($4 with a snack or dessert contribution)
|7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|November||Sunday 19||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|December||Sunday 3||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|December||Saturday 16||22nd Annual
The ball will include refreshments and carol singing
|7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Illini Union|
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|| Circle left once around (1-4),
1st corners change places (5-6),
2nd corners change places (7-8)
|A2||Repeat A1 to return to original places|
|B1|| 1's down the center (1-4),
Return and cast into 2nd place, 2's moving up (5-8)
|B2||Full poussette CCW (1-8) [1st gent and 2nd lady pushing to start]|
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.
Knole Park Video 1
Knole Park 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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