Lawrence English Country Dance

~ If you aren't dancing, you're wasting your feet! ~

picture of English country dance: smiles in motion

for more info, contact: Jill Allen or Jerome Grisanti

Next Regular English Dance

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence
1263 North 1100 Road, Lawrence, KS

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Dance from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
New dancer orientation/workshop 1:30 p.m.

Suggested donation for admission:
Regular admission: Adults: $7-10 ~~ Students: $4

No partner is required - wear comfortable clothes and clean shoes. All dances are taught and prompted.

~ Spring 2017 Calendar ~

Date Band Caller
Jan 22 Martha Edwards, Greg Allen & Rebecca Bell Jill Allen & Robert Green
Feb 19 In Conjunction with Midwinter Meltdown Weekend ~~ Weekend Schedule
Special venue: New York School
Greg Allen & Rebecca Bell
Jill Allen, Jerome Grisanti & Friends
Mar 12 Greg Allen, Rebecca Bell, Alice Boyle & Robert Rosenberg Jill Allen & Jerome Grisanti
Apr 9 Richelle Basgall & Rebecca Bell Jerome Grisanti
May 21 Greg Allen & Rebecca Bell  Jill Allen
Jun 11 Greg Allen & Rebecca Bell Jill Allen
July 9 TBA TBA
August 13 TBA TBA


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Monthly dancing in the region

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.

Irish Ceili Dancing is happening in Kansas City for four consecutive Tuesday nights starting Jan. 3. For further information, contact Misty Gates, instructor or Ruthie Searcy, assistant

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 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

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.

Further information you may find useful

Some basic English figures explained.

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