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 subject to change

Click here for map & directions to Ehinger Hall

Our April 8th, 2017 Ball Flyer
with mail in registration form available here.

Special Announcements

English Country Dance Class
at Dover Library

Join "Miss Jackie" for an hour at
the intersection of music,
math, history and exercise!

To be held each Tuesday
January 17- March 7 at 3:45 PM

Learn colonial dances
from the days of
Washington, Hamilton, Jane Austen

You'll be introduced to the basic
steps, figures and counts of
this popular social pastime.
Wear comfortable, flat shoes
or sneakers
Bring a water bottle and a smile.
This is lots of fun!
For ages 10+

Registration is required
Dover Public Library
Event Registration


Saturday, March 4, 2017
English Country Dance

Tom Hinds will call to the melodies of
Jeff Steinberg, Colleen Reed and Judy Meyers.

Free introductory session 6:30;
dance 7-10 pm
Annapolis Friends Meeting Hall
351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD.
Admission $10 with discounts. All dances taught and walked through.

Questions? Contact
Jan Scopel at 443-540-0867
Ann Fallon - 410-268-0231,


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


March 11..............Monthly Dance

A focus on dances for our Spring Ball.

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

Our 2017 Ball Dances with instructions

April 8..............Spring Ball with caller Scott Higgs

With musicians:
Edith Coakley Stowe on violin
Carrie Rose on flute and
Dave Wiesler on piano and guitar

Period attire encouraged (not required) or festive evening wear.
Dancing and mid-evening Dessert Assortment

$20 members - $25 non-members

If you are on our mailing list pre-registration will be available.

Dances for the evening to include:
Alice ~ The Astonished Archaeologist ~ Bar a Bar
Barbarini's Tambourine ~ Candles In The Dark
Elizabeth ~ The Fandango ~ Freeford Gardens
Jack's Health ~ Kelstern Gardens ~ La Gavre
Mendecino Redwood ~ Michedonia ~ Miles Of Smiles
Sunlight Through Draperies ~ Midnight Maggot
Dancing Across The Atlantic ~ Knives And Forks

Our 2017 Ball Dances with instructions
Ball registration form

May 13..............Monthly Dance

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

May 27..............Performances at Chestertown Tea Party


June 10..............Monthly Dance

Admission: $7/member; $10/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!


"...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

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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