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


As our DECD President stated,
for those who like to travel...

Here are 2 more events in the
local region.

See our Facebook link above
to learn of a third.

Jan 26th Jane Austen event
in Williamsburg, Va

Jane Austen themed fun

March 9th the annual

George Washington Ball


A Winter's Eve of Revelry

Saturday, December 15 3pm
Oxford, MD


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


Recipient of the
2016 Mayor's Arts Award!

January 12 .............. Twelfth Night Dance

Earlier start 6:30 beginner; 7:00 dance

This evening the dancing will end a little earlier
to allow us to gather at the McCabe homestead to enjoy
some Twelfth Night socializing

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

February 9 ..............
Monthly Dance ~ with George Tolton calling

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

March 9 ..............
Monthly Dance

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

April 13 ..............
Spring Ball with Corky Palmer calling

More Information Soon

May 11 ..............
Monthly Dance

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

June 8 ..............
Monthly Dance

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

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 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

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 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

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

2018 Dover Colonial Market Fair in Dover, De.

Pemberton Plantation - Salisbury, MD

Paca House - Annapolis, MD

George Washington Ball - Williamsburg, VA

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