Lawrence English Country Dance

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

picture of English country dance: smiles in motion

The Regency Guild invites you to a...
Christmas Dance

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Carnegie Building
200 West Ninth St.
Lawrence, KS

Nativity Scene (old woodcut)

With guest caller
Ms. Jill Allen
Mr. Kelly Werts, guitar
& Ms. Richelle Basgall, fiddle

Admission: $10 per person or $30 family maximum
Potluck, hors d'oeuvres

R.S.V.P. with questions to Mrs. Hannah Haring, 785-554-2069

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

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A Note of Thanks

After nine years of fun and friendship, dance and live music, we have brought to an end the monthly English dance series in Lawrence Kansas. We are grateful for all the people who gave their time and talents to make it happen -- musicians, callers, and of course dancers! 

There is still English dancing in the region, in Kansas City (every two months or so) and sporatically in Lawrence (for example, see invitation above)

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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.

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.

Some basic English dance etiquette

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