English Country Dance

English Country Dance is a beautiful community dance genre that takes us back more than two centuries. The graceful figures are simple, most are danced at a stately pace, and emphasize the elegance of the times they reflect. The live music, similarly stylish, flows as closely with the dancer's movements today as it did in the country manors and ballrooms of 17th and 18th century England. Sharing many characteristics with the Contra Dance, its more boisterous cousin, English Country Dance is easy to learn; a caller coaches the dancers through each dance. Come to the Margery Building, 523 ½ Main Street, Grand Junction for our next English Country Dance and travel through time for a graceful and delightful evening.

Dress for an English Country Dance is fancy, that is, whatever suits your fancy! Many dancers enjoy dressing in Regency (early 1800's English) style, but while it may be admired, it is by no means required. Should you wish to try your hand at Regency style dress, however, here is a YouTube link suggesting ways to do so with materials available at thrift stores.

English Country Dance prices are $10 Adults, $7 for students over 18, $5 for ages 10 to 17.

Here are some examples of English Country dance that you can find on Youtube:

Christchurch Bells

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPvOiFscqeQ

 

The Hop Ground

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZYAodA3NLo

 

Hole in the Wall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbB4b0HfEgU 

 

The Indian Queen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O31wXFkf0lw 

 

Jack’s Maggot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0N99sva6JE

 

The Minor Spaniard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmV3e274Sgk 

 

Jack’s Health

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY9K8kGYDzc

 

Old Wife Behind the Fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5sZQmaRiVs

Photos of some of our dancers are on this page.

Enjoy