Here are some folks showing off their finery at this spring's Playford Ball. The turnout for the ball was very good with nearly forty dancers in attendance. There were many wonderful costumes on display. The winners of the costume contest were Dan Punzak and Beth Hanson who were named King and Queen of the Ball. Thanks for all of the hard work by many so people to make this event such a success.
The spring season began with a special dance in honor of Simon Kos, who was leaving for a post-doctoral position in New Mexico. This event was a dinner, party and dance held jointly by the International Folk Dancers, the Urbana Country Dancers, the Central Illinois English Country Dancers and the Amasong chorus, all of these being groups he had been involved with during his time in Champaign-Urbana. It was a very enjoyable evening with plenty of music and dancing. He'll be missed in our local dance community.
In addition to our regular monthly dances we have been trying to branch out and help spread the word about our group with some dance performances. We have been trying for several years to get a small performance group started. This spring, with much effort, we succeeded in doing three performances. The first was in February for the Sinfonia da Camera annual gala fundraiser. We performed a couple of dances and then persuaded a few folks to join us for a dance. We felt our performance was very well received. The second event was a performance for the Spoon River College Cultural Festival in April. Once again we performed a few dances, attempting to illustrate a bit about the evolution of popular dance in the west during the past 400 years. Then we invited the students to join us and got a large group of them dancing. Our final performance was at the Dickson Mounds Museum in June. In this case we were strictly performing a selection of interesting English and early American dances. They were very impressed and expressed interest in having us return someday. Perhaps then we will be able to teach some dances as well as perform.
Have a great summer and we'll see you in the fall.
Saturday, August 4: Pool party at Jane Hobgood's, 3 Illini Circle, Urbana. Swimming at 3:00, dancing in the pool at 4:00, potluck dinner at 6:00. Rain date: Sunday, August 5.
Saturday, September 8: dance 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Springer Center.
Sunday, September 23: Dance and picnic in the gardens at Allerton Park. Picnic from 1:00 to 3:00, meet at the visitors' center. Dancing from 3:00 to 6:00 in the gardens. Admission free.
Friday, October 26: Hallowe'en Masquerade dance from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Springer Center.
Saturday, November 17: dance from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Springer Center.
Sunday, December 2: dance from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Springer Center.
Saturday, December 15: 7th Annual Christmas Ball from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Channing-Murray Foundation.