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


Become a Member - fee: $7
Upon membership registration receive a $7 off coupon
for any regular dance admission


Recipient of the
2016 Mayor's Arts Award!

The number of people attending dances will be limited
and pre-registration for each dance will be required.
A signed waiver to include proof of full vaccination
against COVID-19 will be required.
A completed screening questionnaire will also be required
before each dance. We will post these on this website
as soon as possible.

Masks, worn over nose and mouth,
will be required inside of the dance venue.
Temperatures will be checked upon entry and
anyone running a fever will be asked to return home.
Frequent handwashing will be encouraged.

DECD will not provide communal water,
so participants will have to supply their own.
Water fountains might be available to refill water bottles
but not to drink directly from. We ask that participants
not bring shareable snacks or desserts at this time.

When we have the dance venue secured,
we will update on the location and exact start date.

If you have questions, please email

January 8 ..............

Due to a surge in COVID-19,
DECD's Board has chosen to cancel the January dance.
We will wait to re-start dances until February.

February 12 ..............
New Pending Start Date

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

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.

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 Anne Fenimore 302-674-5621, ,
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

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

English Country Dances Videos

Country Dance and Song Society

Somerset Dancers

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Germantown Country Dancers

The Baltimore Folk Music Society

The Williamsburg Heritage Dancers

A great site and a couple of video links for those trying to dance learn the waltz.
New moves for old smoothies as well.

Waltzing video
A few more moves

Events we have had the pleasure to be a part of

2018 Dover Colonial Market Fair in Dover, De.

Pemberton Plantation - Salisbury, MD          Poplar Hill Mansion, Salisbury, MD

Paca House - Annapolis, MD

George Washington Ball - Williamsburg, VA

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