English Country Dance


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English country dance is a beautiful community dance genre that takes us back more than two centuries.  The graceful figures are simple, most are danced at a stately pace, and emphasize the elegance of times they reflect.  The live music, similarly stylish, flows as closely with the dancer’s movements today as it did in the country manors and ballrooms of 17th and 18th century England.  Sharing many characteristics with contra dance, its more boisterous cousin, English country dance is easy to learn; a caller coaches the dancers through each dance.  Come to the Margery Building, 523½ Main St., Downtown Grand Junction for our next English country dance and travel through time for a graceful and delightful evening.  

Dress for an English Country Dance is fancy, that is, whatever suits your fancy!  Many dancers enjoy dressing in Regency (early 1800’s English) style, but while it may be admired, it is by no means required.  Should you wish to try your hand at Regency style dress, however, here is a You Tube link suggesting ways to do so with materials available at thrift stores.

English Country Dance prices are:  Adults $10, students $8, youth 10-17 $5

Here is a link to an English Country Dance called by Wendy Graham in spring of 2015.  The dance and tune are both called “The Physical Snob.”  The band is Fifth Reel, with Norm Ashley on violin, Mick Wilson on clarinet, and Connie Smith on piano who play many of our Contra and English Dountry Dances.

Here is another example of the graceful movement and lovely music featured in English Country Dance.

Fandango


Fifth Reel 2012