English Dance in Kansas City is organized by one of our regular dancers, Martine Roesel. This is a well-attended, well organized dance in a beautiful hall.
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
Saint Louis Dances - Saint Louis and Carbondale host a variety of well organized dances and maintain a very informative web site
Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers - in Columbia, Missouri - 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
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.
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Updated January 2, 2017