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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 2018 to download and print (PDF - 88 KB)
|July||Sunday 15||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|August||Sunday 12||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|September||Sunday 9||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.
|2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|September||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 excessive heat we will dance in the education center in the museum.
|3:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Botanical Garden|
|October||Sunday 28||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|November||Sunday 18||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|December||Saturday 8||24th Annual
The ball will include a potluck dessert party with carol singing
Suggested donation $7 ($6 if you bring a dessert to share)
|7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|March 2019||15-17||Save the date for our Marchfest Traditional Dance & Music Weekend|| ||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 take right hands, balance forward and back (1-2),
Same two trade places, turning the ladies under (3-4),
2nd corners the same (5-8)
|A2||Repeat to return to original places (1-8)|
|B|| 1ís lead down the center (1-4),
Lead back to 2nd place, 2ís leading up (5-8)
|C||Whole poussette CCW, 1st gent and 2nd lady pushing to start (1-8)|
A video of some people doing this dance. Be aware that our local styling may be a bit different than that seen in the video. In particular we will be doing a full pousette at the end, rather than the waltz-around shown. However, this 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.
Northdown Waltz Video
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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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