English Country Dance: Live in Lawrence!
May 19, 2012
Photo copyright 2009 Jim Kazakoff,
used with permission.
English Country Dance is often flirty,
often stately, sometimes fast and furious and occasionally
just silly. We always strive to keep it fun.
English Country Dance is most familiar
from period movies such as Pride & Prejudice, but
it is still being danced today, and new dances are being
written to join a tradition stretching back to the 1690s.
~~ English Dance ~~
May 19, 2012
Beginning Lesson at
Dance 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Greg and Jill Allen, aka
with Special Musical Guests
Alice Boyle and Robert Rosenberg
Douglas County Senior Center
Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044
Admission $7.00 adults/$4.00
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.
2013 Dates will be announced soon...
Our Dance History
Here is a mostly
accurate listing of all the dances we've
done over the past three-plus years. If you have a favorite
dance, feel free to request it by contacting one of
We began in Jill's living room in January 2009 and
outgrew it that day. We moved to a hall just north of
South Park on Massachusetts. In 2011 we moved briefly
to Signs of Life Bookstore, then to the Unitarian Fellowship.
And in 2012 we moved again, due to our growing attendance,
to the second-floor ballroom of the Douglas County Senior
Directions to our Dance
Directions to our usual location:
The Douglas County Senior Center is located at 745 Vermont
St in Lawrence, just south of the library. The dance
hall is located on the second floor. The building enterance
is on the east, facing Vermont. There is plenty of parking
in the lot north of the building or on any of the surrounding
streets. You do NOT have to feed the meters on Sundays.
A note to new dancers:
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
No partner is required. Wear comfortable clothes and
We hold a new dancer workshop/orientation at 1:30 pm,
and dance from 2:00 - 4:30. All dances are taught and
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 a new foreign experience: English Country Dance.
basic English figures explained.
Just the Facts, Ma'am
- Sundays after the third Saturday of the month,
with occasional exceptions
- English Country Dance & Tea series
- Dance 2:00 - 4:30 pm
- Basics of English workshop 1:30 pm
- Or style tips if all present are familiar
- Admission $6.00 / $3.00 students
- Please bring a snack to share
- Contact Jill Allen at 785-841-5759 for more info
Related Dancing in the Region
Country Dance is happening in Kansas City.
This is a cousin of English Country Dance and worth
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,
or email David.
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).
Dance in Kansas City. This is organized
by one of our regular dancers, Martine Rousel. See http://kcenglishdance.weebly.com/
Regency Guild invites you to a...
From 6 to 10 in the evening on Sunday, the Fifth of
At the Carnegie Building, 200 West Ninth Street, Lawrence
are asked to bring light refreshments to share, if convenient.
A donation of $7 per person will be asked to cover rental
(Not to exceed $30 per family)
any questions, R.S.V.P. to
785.554.2069 or email@example.com
All are welcome! Dances are taught in community, simple
forms set to lovely music.
is the month of promise and of hope." - Blessed
John Henry Cardinal Newman