English Country Dance And St. Patrick's Contra Dance Held March 10

Thursday, March 8, 2018

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. Experience English Country Dance as part of this continuing group class on Saturday, March 10, from 4-6 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church’s Lundy Hall Gym, 4315 Brainerd Road. Admission is $5. 

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, 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, said officials.

Participants should bring a separate pair of soft-soled shoes for dancing (sneakers or flats).

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After the English Country Dance the Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society will host a St. Patrick’s Contra Dance from 8-11 p.m. with calling by Vicki Herndon and music by Carolina Ceili. 

The dance will also be held in Lundy Hall Gym.  Admission is $10, $7 for students and seniors. 

Everyone is invited to join the welcoming, family-friendly community and enjoy this lively, traditional social dance. No need to bring a partner. All dances are taught in walk-throughs. Participants are asked to 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. 

The Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society has been sponsoring contra dances for over 20 years.

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