Heritage House Plans ECD Classes Twice A Month; Plans Costume Ball For June

Monday, March 5, 2018

Heritage House announces they will hold English County Dance classes twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays, from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free.

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

"This class will be an introduction to ECD designed for new dancers of all ages, experienced dancers are welcome as well.

"We'll learn the basic moves -- the set and turn single, two hand turn, star right & left, back to back, and changes of rights and lefts. 

"We'll then learn various dances from the historical repertoire of English country dances -- Childgrove, The Duke of Kent's Waltz, Heartsease, Indian Queen, Sellenger's Round, and more.  Nearly everyone is a beginner, so no one need feel out of place.

"Please bring a separate pair of soft-soled shoes for dancing (sneakers or flats), the 'slipperier' the better," officials said.

No partner or previous experience is necessary.  The dances will be taught and walked through with attention to learning the basic steps and style points. The music is prerecorded. 

"We are now in the early stages of planning an elaborate Costume Ball for mid-June, so you'll want to start attending regularly to get your "dancing chops" up to speed," officials said.

Details of the Costume Ball will be announced in class closer to the actual date, however, the ball will only be open to "seasoned regulars", as there will not be any time for instruction during the actual event.

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