The Dover English
Join us in one of the most popular
social activities of colonial America.
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
Performances at Chestertown Tea Party Festival
Admission: $7/member; $10/non member
Admission to dances with guest caller & band:
$12/member, $15/non member
Students 18 & under - always free
Membership fee: $5
Upon membership registration receive a $5 off
coupon for any dance admission
Demonstrations at 11:30am and 1:30pm
June 10..............Monthly Dance
Festival is Free to the public.
Admission: $7/member; $10/non member Students 18 and under: Free
July 15..............Historic Odessa Colonial Dance
The Historic Odessa Foundation partners with the DECD and
Request the honor of your presence at their tenth annual Colonial Dance!
For more information, contact:
Karen Smith 410-778-0335 or Jennifer Cabell Kostik 302-378-4119
7:30-10:30, Odessa, De. Visitor's Center/Bank Building
(Corner of Main and 2nd Streets)
Admission: $10, free for students
The Dover English Country Dancers receive the 2016 Mayor's Arts Award!
Photos from the left; 1) Chevis Anderson, Greater Dover Arts Council Chairperson, founder Winfried Mroz, DECD President Karen Smith, Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen
2) Mayor's Art Award; 3) Several group members attending to show support
Recognizing ''the value and importance of the arts to the City of Dover
and its surrounding communities. . .
to honor groups and individuals that have made
a lasting and profound impact on the artistic and cultural life of the Greater Dover area.''
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
Links to Other English Country Dance Sites
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
Some of those attending our 2015 Spring Ball in Dover, De.
Pemberton Plantation - Salisbury, MD
Last updated 05/15/17
Paca House - Annapolis, MD
George Washington Ball - Williamsburg, VA
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