Heritage House's latest free public event, English Country Dance, will meet every first and fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-9 p.m.
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.
There will be an introduction to English Country Dance class, designed for new dancers of all ages. Experienced dancers are welcome as well.
Participants will learn the basic moves -- the set and turn single, two hand turn, star right and left, back to back, and changes of rights and lefts. And then they will 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.
No partner or previous experience is necessary — dances will be taught and walked through with attention to learning the steps and style points. The music is recorded. Dancers should bring a separate pair of soft-soled shoes for dancing (sneakers or flats).
Additional dates include Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 7-9 p.m. There will be no date in late December due to the holiday.
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