Tai Chi; Contra and English Country Dancing; Jewelry Making

English country dancing

English country dancing is held on selected Saturday mornings

Phoenix English country dancing is held on selected Saturday mornings in the Great Hall on the campus of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, 1106 N. Central Ave., 85004

$8 a session


Fall 2019 Schedule:

October 5, 12, 26; November 9, 16; December 7, 21


Winter Schedule:

January 4, 11, 25; February 1, 8, 22; March 21; April 4, 5


Take a break from the hectic, chaotic frenzy of everyday life to have fun, socialize, and exercise to beautiful music. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore the figures, styling and floor patterns of historical and contemporary ECD.


If you’ve never heard of English country dancing, you're in good company, because many people are unfamiliar with it. But if you've watched Pride and Prejudice on TV, or Sense and Sensibility or Emma at the movies, you have indeed seen it. But fear not - English Country Dancing (ECD) is not the obscure relic you might think it to be! While this traditional form of dance has been around for several hundred years, it's still thriving today. English country dancing is enjoyed all over the United States.

Why Do People Love ECD?

For many, it's the music - hauntingly beautiful tunes that make the heart swell. Some dance tunes are taken from old ballads and political satire; others come from classical music and operas. This gives ECD music tremendous variety; sometimes sweet and melodic, sometimes melancholy, and sometimes absolutely driven with a pulsating beat. Others love ECD for the grace and elegance with which you glide as you dance. At times, you simply get swept away as you become one with the music. Many people love the beautiful patterns that you create as you dance. Through it all, there's an indefinable quality to ECD that makes it energizing, mesmerizing, and just plain fun. We dance in the style of English country dancing although many of the contemporary music and dances are written by Americans.

ECD Is Not Hard to Learn

If you can walk and know the difference between your left and right hands, you already have much of the basic knowledge you'll need. As we do it in the United States, most of the movements are based on a walking or skipping step. There is no intricate footwork. Dancers move in a number of specific "figures,” sometimes holding hands, sometimes by themselves. Each dance is prompted by a caller, so that each figure and movement is called in time to the music; you don't need to rely on your memory alone to know what to do.

Beginners Are Welcome and Encouraged at all Regular and Local Dances

Partners are not necessary; you can come by yourself and be assured of dancing because the tradition is to change partners for each dance. Dances are social and friendly, and the atmosphere is informal. No special clothing is needed, other than clean, soft-soled shoes or sneakers. 

This description was modified by Peg Hesley after Alan Winston from text written by Linda Repasky, who dances in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Confirm the dates for ECD in Phoenix at the Phoenix Traditional Music and Dance website, www.phxtmd.org

Fall 2019

English country dancing is held on selected Saturday mornings in the Great Hall on the campus of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004. 


Fall: 2019:

October 5, 12, 26; November 9, 16; December 7, 21


Winter Schedule:

January 4, 11, 25; February 1, 8, 22; March 21; April 4, 5


Learn more about the Irish Cultural Center here, www.azirish.org

Testimonials

"Can’t tell you how much I loved dancing today. Thank you for your great calling and teaching, the choosing of music , all the things you do to make it possible."     J

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