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You Are Invited To The

Sixteenth Annual

Traditional Dance
& Music Festival

March 16-18, 2018

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 music events on Sunday (with the possibility of some dancing).



Rare Privilege

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

Dance Instruction By
Jon Hanson
Jonathan Sivier
Local English Dance Leaders


Jim Hemphill
Contra caller from Missouri

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

Check back soon for additional details


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

Friday, March 16
Friday 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. New Contra Dancer Orientation TBA
Friday 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Contra Dance
Caller: Jim Hemphill
Band: Rare Privilege
Dance Room
Saturday, March 17
Saturday 12:30 Doors Open
Saturday 1:00 - 2:00 Early Americana, Lloyd Shaw Dances
Leaders: Jon & Sue Hanson
Band: The Flatland Consort
A variety of dances from Lloyd Shaw's books
Dance Room
Saturday 2:15 - 3:15 Zesty English Country Dancing
Leaders: Jonathan Sivier
Band: The Flatland Consort
English country dances can be fast and zesty
Dance Room
Saturday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Irish Set Dances
Leader: Daniel Flora
Dance Room
Saturday Dinner Break
Saturday 6:30 Doors Open for the Ball
Saturday 7 - 10 p.m. English Country Ball
Rare Privilege with dance leaders Jon Hanson & Jonathan Sivier
Dance Room
Sunday, March 15
Sunday 2 - 3 p.m. Rare Privilege in Concert
Free admission!
Museum of the Grand Prairie
600 N. Lombard, Mahomet
Sunday 7:00 p.m. Rare Privilege in Concert
The Iron Post
120 S. Race St., Urbana
Iron Post



$5 Friday evening contra dance
$2 Suggested donation for each Saturday workshop, or $5 for the afternoon
$10 English Country Dance Evening Ball

Further Information

Festival Flier (PDF - 586 KB)

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


Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W.Stoughton, Urbana, IL

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