Lawrence English Country Dance
~ If you aren't dancing, you're wasting your feet! ~

Next English Dance

Sunday, February 21, 2016

New York School

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Special one-time only location !

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936 New York Street, Lawrence, KS

Suggested donation for admission: $7-10Student: $4

No partner is required - wear comfortable clothes and clean shoes.

New dancer workshop/orientation - class is 1/2 hour before start of dance.

All dances are taught and prompted.

~ winter / spring 2016 calendar ~
Check back here soon for latest calendar listings
  Band Caller
Jan 10 Rebecca Bell and Greg Allen Jill Allen
Feb 21 ~as part of the Midwinter Meltdown~
Rebecca Bell and Greg Allen Jerome Grisanti and Friends
  interested callers contact Jerome Grisanti
Mar 13 TBA TBA
Apr 10 TBA TBA
May  8 TBA TBA
Jun 12 TBA TBA

Post-Brunch Midwinter Meltdown English Dance:

Feb 21 Sunday at New York School
936 New York Street, just east of downtown Lawrence
1:00-4:00 p.m. (Intro workshop 1:00, Dance 1:30)
Suggested price $7-10 ($4 student)

Monthly dancing in the region

English Dance in Kansas City is organized by one of our regular dancers, Martine Rousel. This is a well-attended, well organized dance in a beautiful hall.

Scottish Country Dance is happening in Kansas City. This is a cousin of English Country Dance and worth a visit. Second and Fourth Fridays: 7:00 pm at Willow Creek Friends Church 9700 Wornall Road. Cost is "free will" donation.
For more info: Phone David Bailey at 913-384-3314.

Directions to Willow Creek Friends Church:
Take I-435 to the Wornal exit and north on Wornall to 97th Street. The church (on the Southwest corner) looks like a house. There is a lighted sign in the front yard.Parking is in the back (off of 97th Street).

Lawrence Contra Dance - Lawrence's original barn dance group featuring live folk music and lively dancing for ordinary folks who like good times and good friends.

CrossCurrents Barn Dances - fourth saturdays in kansas city

.. and dancing further away

Saint Louis Dances - Saint Louis and Carbondale hosts a variety of well organized dances and maintain a very informative web site

Mid-Missouri traditional Dancers - in Columbia, Mo - hosts an english country dance as well as traditional barn dances

Scissortail Traditional Dance Society - English Country Dances are held in Oklahoma City twice a month, on second and fourth Thursdays

Wild Rose English Country Dance - in Ames, Iowa

Country Dance and Song Society - national dance organization based out of Boston, Mass

Notes for New Dancers

English Country Dance is most familiar from period movies such as
Pride and Prejudice. It is still being danced today, and new dances are being written to join a tradition stretching back to the 1690s. It is often flirty, often stately, sometimes fast and furious .. and occasionally, just silly. We always strive to keep it fun!

Many English Country Dances are relatively easy, but some figures require the ability to negotiate patterns without direct physical help from a partner or neighbor. Most people can learn these patterns without much difficulty -- your learning curve may seem steep at first but fellow dancers are very friendly and patient. You may soon find yourself hooked by the achingly beautiful music, the elegant movements and the interaction with smiling people.

Occasionally people ask "what is your dress code?"
Answer: We don't have a dress code. Some dancers choose Regency dress, others choose festive modern attire, still others go casual/comfortable. All are welcome.

If you have ever visited a foreign country, you may have experienced a slight disorientation mixed with a growing sense of wonder and joy. We now welcome you to the new experience of English Country Dance.

Some basic English figures explained.