Dancing “…adds to the accomplishment of behavior and carriage and qualifies a person for polite company.” ‒ Nicholas Ridgely 1750. English Country Dancing continues with Fall/Winter classes at St. James Episcopal Church on Saturdays this November and throughout the Fall/Winter from 7p–8:30 p.m. Suggested cost is a $5.00 donation to the church for room and lighting. The St. James entrance is located on Court Street in Lewisburg, about two blocks south of True Value.
Dress is casual. There is no fancy footwork. The English style is a slow to brisk walking step. Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. Come single or together. Bring a friend! The dancing tradition is to change partners for each dance.
English country dancing (ECD) is elegant, social dancing that was popular in England and colonial America from the mid 1700’s into the 1800’s. Movies based on Jane Austen novels, Pride & Prejudice and Emma, include scenes at balls and parties featuring English Country dancing.
It has some similarities to contra and square dancing although slower-paced and more graceful. A dance will have several figures for 2-3 couples set to traditional tunes and Baroque style music. Figures flow from one to the other with elegance and timing.
Dances may be several hundred years old or newly composed with names such as Mr. Isaac’s Maggot, Money in Both Pockets or Mile of Smiles, but all are great fun!
ECD will satisfy one’s preference for relaxed dancing, pleasurable exercise, mental stimulation, and social community. Please join us on Saturday evenings.
To begin familiarizing yourself with the dances, enter one of these subjects on Youtube: “Chesire rounds” or “Alterations english country dance” or “Shrewsbury lasses english” or ”Old wife behind the fire”. For more information, call Ross at 304-646-8555.
– HashtagWV #119. November 2019
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