The Dover English Country Dancers

Join us in one of the most popular social activities of colonial America.

Schedule of Events

7:00 pm Beginner Introduction / 7:30 pm Dance Commences

Times and locations may be subject to change

Click here for map & directions to Ehinger Hall

Our Calendar

Special Announcements


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Williamsburg Heritage Dancers
George Washington Ball

College of William and Mary
Sadler Center
at 7pm with music by
Hot Toddy
Anna Rain, Melissa Running,
Edith Coakley Stowe
Refresher session
Same afternoon, same location
from 1-3:30pm
Flier Here


Become a Member - fee: $5
Upon membership registration receive a $5 off
coupon for any dance admission

The mission of the Dover English Country Dancers is to provide opportunities to dance and promote quality 18th c. dance experiences for all levels, across all ages, and for multiple personal dance interests ranging from social, cultural, community, and fitness/wellness reasons to performance.


The Dover English Country Dancers
recipient of the
2016 Mayor's Arts Award!

Bring a friend to his/her first DECD dance

at no extra charge!

With our 2017 - 2018 members deal

March 10 ..............Monthly Dance

Reviewing some of the dances for next months spring ball

Admission: $7/member; $10/non member
Students 18 and under: Free

April 14 ..............Spring Ball

Caller Jenny Beer
With musicians: Karen Axelrod & Rachel Bell
and Eileen Nicholson Kalafas

Period or dressy attire please
Mid-evening break and dessert table

$20/members, $25/non-members, Children under 18/free

The dances will be...

Mulberry Garden / Dover Pier /Ani's Waltz / Bingo!
Come with Voices Singing / Picking Up Sticks
Trip to Provence / Minor Spaniard / Fast Packet
Young Widow / More the Merrier / Eastbourne Rover
The House on Wake Street / Haymakers
Heidenroslein / Lilliburlero / Sapphire Sea

Dance Notes Available Here

May 12 ..............Monthly Dance

Admission: $7/member; $10/non member
Students 18 and under: Free

May 26 ..............Chestertown Tea Party Festival

Demonstration dances in Chestertown, MD
Link to Festival web site

June 9 ..............Monthly Dance

Admission: $7/member; $10/non member
Students 18 and under: Free

July 14 ..............Monthly Dance in Odessa, DE.

Hosted by the Historic Odessa Foundation

Admission: $10

The style of dance was brought by the colonists from England mostly, where it was known as ''country dance''.
We now call it ''English Country Dance'' and include people of
all ages, couples and singles, who enjoy music and dance in a spirit of fun and friendship.
Newcomers are always welcome, and each dance is taught with a walk-through before it is danced.
Dress is casual except for balls when many of us dress in eighteenth century attire.
Special guest callers and bands are used several times a year.

Founded in 1979 by Winfried and Edith Mroz and Alex and Rosemary Apostolina.
These two Dover couples had been dancing at Pinewoods for years and wanted
to share the joy of English Country Dancing with the Dover community -
and dance more than once a year!


"...adds to the accomplishment of Behaviour and Carriage
and Qualifies a person for Polite company."

Nicholas Ridgely 1750's Dover, Delaware

"Dancing is, of all the fine arts, that which seems peculiarly devoted to cheerfulness and joy.
It is the lively expression of these emotions by gestures and attitudes. It seems to have nothing but pleasure in view,
yet like music, its sweet accompaniment, it tends to refine the manners; and to give health, activity, and vigor,
as well as graceful ease and elegance to the human frame."

T. Hillgrove, Teacher of Dancing 1866

How to Contact Us

If you have any specific questions you may telephone the officers listed or e-mail us

Name Telephone number E-mail
President Karen Smith 410.778.0335
Vice President Mike McCabe 302-697-7858
Music Master Marty Ersts 410-778-5120
Dance Mistress Ieva Ersts 410-778-5120

Links to Other English Country Dance Sites
and information

Country Dance and Song Society

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Germantown Country Dancers

The Baltimore Folk Music Society

The Williamsburg Heritage Dancers

The Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society

Annapolis Traditional Dance Society

A great site for those who are fearful of getting out on the floor and trying to dance the waltz.
New moves for old smoothies as well.

This site is a great English Country Dance resource.
Videos of dances being done by groups from around the world.
(with some variations from village to village)

English Country Dances Videos

Events we have had the pleasure to be a part of

2013 Dover Days ------- 2015 Spring Ball in Dover, De.

Pemberton Plantation - Salisbury, MD

Paca House - Annapolis, MD

George Washington Ball - Williamsburg, VA

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