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

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

English Country Dance

Ann Fallon and Tom Spilsbury calling
to the alluring melodies of

Red and Well Fed

Kappy Laning, Paul Miller,
Susan Farrer, John Wells,
Joanne Murphy, Judy Hunt,
and Diane Sorenson
Free introductory session at 6:30
dance 7-10 p.m.
Annapolis Friends Meeting Hall
351 Dubois Road, Annapolis
Admission for dance $10 with discounts
for seniors, students, families and members of Annapolis Traditional Dance Society (ATDS). All ages welcome. All dances taught and walked through. No experience or partner required. Snacks to share at the break are welcome! Questions? Contact Jan Scopel at 443-540-0867, janscope@hotmail.com or Ann Fallon at 410-268-0231, aefallon@verizon.net. www.contradancers.com/atds

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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.

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2017 members deal

Bring a friend to his/her first DECD dance

at no extra charge!



November 11 ..............Guest caller Emily Aubrey

With Musicians: Liz Donaldson (piano)
and Elke Baker (violin)

Admission: $10/member; $15/non member
Students 18 and under: Free




December 9 ..............Monthly Dance

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




January 2018 ..............Twelfth Night Dance

Followed by an after-dance social

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




February 2018 .............. Valentine themed dance

Admission: $10/member; $15/non member
Students 18 and under: Free








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!

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Dancing
"...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 ksmith2@washcoll.edu
Vice President Mike McCabe 302-697-7858 corbinsclose@hotmail.com
Music Master Marty Ersts 410-778-5120 MErsts85@gmail.com
Dance Mistress Ieva Ersts 410-778-5120
iersts@gmail.com






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.

www.colinhume.com/dtwaltz.htm

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




Paca House - Annapolis, MD




George Washington Ball - Williamsburg, VA












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