New and experienced dancers are invited to learn about English Country Dance at an introductory class on Saturday, Sept., 30 from 4-6 p.m., at Brainerd United Methodist Church’s Lundy Hall Gym, 4315 Brainerd Road in Chattanooga.
"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," officials said. "The class will start with ECD basics teaching moves including: set and turn single, two hand turn, star right and left, back to back, and changes of rights and lefts. Then several dances from the historical English Country Dance repertoire will be taught 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," officials said.
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