The Dover English Country Dancers

Come and join us in one of the most popular social activities of colonial America.

The style of dance was brought by the colonists from England 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. We offer a beginners introduction at 7:00pm and each dance is taught with a "walk-through" before it is danced. Newcomers are always welcome. Dancing begins at 7:30pm where dress is casual except for demonstrations and "balls" when many of us dress in eighteenth century attire. We meet on the second Saturday of most months in Ehinger Hall on the Elizabeth Murphey School campus, Dover, Delaware. Special guest callers and bands are used several times a year. Monthly dance music is provided by CDs or our own in-house band.

Please see our calendar for details.

The "Dover English Country Dancers" was formed in 1979 by Winfried and Edith Mroz and Alex and Rosemary Apostolina.

Schedule of Events

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


Times and locations subject to change
Click here for map & directions to Ehinger Hall

Special Announcements


Dover English Country Dancers

Election of Board Officers
Elections will take place in May
Nominating committee is formed
Please consider taking a Leadership role
and support the DECD!


The 20th Annual
18th-Century Market Fair

at Fort Frederick
Big Pool, MD
April 24 thru 27, 2014
Market Fair Link


May 3rd

Dover Days Festival


The Grace Under Fire Ball

May 3rd
Steppingstone Farm
War of 1812 Commemoration

Information and tickets


Dance Writing Contest

Deadline: May 15, 2014
First Prize: $100 Donation
to the
Country Song and Dance Society
in the name of the person writing the
best dance for the following tunes
'A Carriage Works' & 'Bluets'
from the dance adventure
Tales from the Red Book of Tunes.
All entrants have a chance to have
their dances published in a
forthcoming collection. Contest sponsored by Wild Musette publishing.
Details and entry form click here


Battle of Bladensburg Commemoration

Saturday, August 23
at Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Join forces with those
commemorating the War of 1812
in Prince George's County.
Go to
for detailed information.


Baltimore Playford Ball
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Follow the link below to
The Baltimore Folk Music Society

May 10.................Monthly Dance in Ehinger Hall

Admission $5 Students $2

June ?.................A June dance has just been added!

Check back soon for details!

September 13 ...............Monthly Dance in Ehinger Hall

Admission $5 Students $2

October 11 ...............Monthly Dance in Ehinger Hall

Admission $5 Students $2

November 8 ...............Monthly Dance in Ehinger Hall

Admission $5 Students $2

December 31.................New Years Eve in Ehinger Hall

Admission $5 Students $2


"...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 Mike Cordeiro 302-697-8160
Vice President Mike McCabe 302-697-7858
Music Master Alex Apostolina 302-697-6151
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

Places the DECD have Been

A few photos from our 2012 Ball

Our 2012 Ball Page ~ Our 2013 Ball Page ~ Our 2014 Ball Page

Pemberton Plantation - Salisbury, MD

Paca House - Annapolis, MD

George Washington Ball - Williamsburg, VA

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