English Country Dance was the popular form of social dance in England and the United States (the colonies) beginning around 1650 (John Playford's "English Dancing Master"), continuing through the 1700's and into the early 1800's (when the waltz became popular). Movies based on Jane Austen novels such as "Pride and Prejudice" or "Emma," include scenes at balls or parties featuring English Country Dancing. Related to Contra dance, ECD moves at a slower pace and features a variety of figures or patterns set to beautiful music. The repertoire includes dances from the historical past as well as the present and range from elegant to lively.
New and Experienced dancers are invited to learn about English Country Dance at these introductory classes on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m in the gym of Brainerd Church (United Methodist).
All ages are welcome. No partner or previous experience is necessary. All dances are taught and walked-through with attention to learning the steps and style points. Please bring a separate pair of soft-soled shoes for dancing (sneakers or flats). Studies show that dancing helps protect our brains from aging. English Country Dance is wonderful exercise as well as a fun social experience.
Admission: $5; $10 with Contra Dance