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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)
|January||Sunday 20||English Country Dance
||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|February||Sunday 17||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
Join us for our
Marchfest Traditional Dance & Music Festival
with music provided by the band Rare Privilege from Wisconsin and special guest caller Nikki Herbst from Iowa.
| ||Phillips Recreation Center|
|April||Sunday 14||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|May||Saturday 4||English Country Dance||7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|June||Sunday 9||24th Annual
Suggested donation $7.00
|2:00 - 5:00 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 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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