Never heard of English Country Dancing (ECD)?If you've ever seen a movie about British society based in the 1600s-1800s that included dancing (ex: Pride and Prejudice), you've seen English Dance. It has recently been regaining popularity as videos are populating the web like such:
- Hole in the Wall
- Mr. Beveridge's Maggot
Why do people love English Dancing?
- Beautiful music is definitely a draw, with a full range from waltzes to jigs. One dance might be slow and graceful, and the next might have you laughing breathlessly.
- Others love the elegant moves, which sweep you across the floor in beautiful patterns.
- And, of course, it is fun:
Can I learn?If you know how to smile, can walk and know your right from your left, you have the necessary basic qualifications to become a fantastic dancer. Each dance is a series of figures that is prompted by a caller, so you don't need to worry about forgetting where you're going. And you don't have to bring your own partner, do not worry! The style of the dance is meant to introduce you to as many people as possible, so it's traditional to dance with someone new for each dance.
When are these dances?We have schedule a series of 10 dances for our 2014 spring semester from 4:30-6pm on the following dates held at Hirshon House:
- Jan 31st
- Feb 21st
- Mar 7th
- Mar 28th
- Apr 11th
- May 2nd
Cost?There is no charge. That's right, zip-zero-nada! We only collect smiles at the door. The HWS Society of English Country Dancers is sponsoring this activity. Please support them with your appreciation!
"It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; — but when a beginning is made — when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt — it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more." — Emma, Jane Austen