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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 2018 to download and print (PDF - 87 KB)
|January||Sunday 21||English Country Dance
||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|February||Sunday 18||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|March||Saturday 17||English Country Dance
We'll be dancing to music provided by the band Rare Privilege from Wisconsin.
Watch for more details of this special event.
|7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|April||Sunday 15||English Country Dance||2:00 - 5:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|May||Saturday 5||English Country Dance||7:00 - 10:00 p.m.||Phillips Recreation Center|
|June||Sunday 10||23rd 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|| 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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