Contra Dance And Two English Country Dances Will Be Held This Month

Thursday, February 15, 2018

An English Country Dance will be held as part of a continuing group class on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 4-6 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church’s Lundy Hall Gym, 4315 Brainerd Road in Chattanooga.  Admission is $5. 

"English Country Dance is a beautiful, historical social dance that was popular from around 1650 through 1800.  Movies based on Jane Austen novels such as 'Pride & Prejudice' or 'Emma,' feature scenes with English Country dancing at balls and parties," organizers said.

The class starts with basic ECD moves, including: set and turn single, two hand turn, changes of rights and lefts, star across, back to back, figure eight and hey for three.  The program includes dances from the historical and modern English Country Dance repertoire.  Dances are taught and walked through with prompting and attention to detail and style. 

"Everyone is welcome.  No partner or previous experience is necessary.  Nearly everyone is a beginner, so no one will feel out of place.  Please bring a separate pair of soft-soled shoes for dancing (sneakers or flats).  Studies show that dancing helps protect our brains from aging.  English Country Dance is wonderful exercise as well as a fun social experience.  Join us," said organizers.

Following the English Country Dance, the Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society will present a Contra Dance for all from 8-11 p.m., with calling by Matt Hawkins and music by ORKA. 
Admission is $10; $7 for students and seniors. 
"Everyone is invited to join our welcoming, family-friendly community and enjoy this lively, traditional social dance.  No need to bring a partner. All dances are taught in walk-throughs.  Toe-tapping live music makes even sitting out enjoyable.  Contra dancing is fun, aerobic exercise.  Wear comfortable, casual clothes and bring a separate pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing.  Boots or shoes with hard heels are not allowed on the dance floor. 
"There is always a Contra Basics lesson for newcomers at 7:30 p.m., so plan to arrive early," organizers said. 
The Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society has been sponsoring contra dances for over 20 years.

Another English Country Dance will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 7-9 p.m. at Heritage House, 1428 Jenkins Road (off E. Brainerd) in Chattanooga.  Admission is free. 

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