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You Are Invited To The

Seventeenth Annual

Traditional Dance
& Music Festival

March 15-17, 2019

The Central Illinois English Country Dancers with the cooperation of the Urbana Country Dancers will be holding a weekend of traditional dance and music at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W.Stoughton in Urbana, IL

The event will feature a Friday evening contra dance, various dance workshops during the day Saturday, a Saturday evening English Country Ball, and a Sunday afternoon Farewell Dance.



Music By
Rare Privilege

With Amy McFarland on piano & Maria Terres on violin
The band comes from Wisconsin

Dance Instruction By
Nikki Herbst
English dance leader from Iowa

Additional Music and Dance Instruction By
The Flatland Consort
Tom Anderson on piano, Laura Bauer on woodwinds, Richard Engelbrecht-Wiggans on cello and Gwynne McQueen on violin

Susan Burt
Jonathan Sivier
Martha Tyner
Local Dance Leaders


Tamara Lowenthal
Contra caller from Bloomington, IN


All events at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W.Stoughton, Urbana, IL

Friday, March 15
Friday 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. New Contra Dancer Orientation TBA
Friday 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Contra Dance
Caller: Tamara Lowenthal
Band: Rare Privilege
Dance Room
Saturday, March 16
Saturday Noon Doors Open
Saturday 12:30 - 1:30 Favorite Dances of Folklore Village
Leader: Martha Tyner
Band: Rare Privilege
A variety of dances done at festivals at Folklore Village in Wisconsin
Dance Room
Saturday 1:45 - 3:15 Selections from a Callerís In-Basket
Leaders: Nikki Herbst
Band: Rare Privilege
From new compositions to newly reconstructed dances written centuries ago, in this workshop we will learn a variety of dances that show the tremendous breadth of style, shape, and feel of English Country Dance.
Dance Room
Saturday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Early American Dances
Leaders: Jonathan Sivier
Band: The Flatland Consort
American dances from the 18th and 19th centuries
Dance Room
Dinner Break
Saturday 6:30 Doors Open for the Ball
Saturday 7 - 10 p.m. English Country Ball
Rare Privilege with dance leader Nikki Herbst
Dance Room
Sunday, March 17
Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. Farewell Dance
Rare Privilege with Nikki Herbst and local callers
Dance Room



$5-$10 Friday Evening Contra Dance
$33/$20* All Day Saturday and Sunday
$25/$15* All Day Saturday (workshops and the ball)
$15/$7* Saturday Evening English Country Dance Ball
$10/$5* Sunday Afternoon Farewell Dance
$5/$3* Each Saturday Afternoon Workshop
* - Reduced prices for children and students

Further Information

Festival Flier (PDF - 586 KB)

For more information contact
Jonathan Sivier at
or call (217)359-8225


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