English Country Dance – Outdoors

Move to joyful music in a relaxed, beginner-friendly atmosphere. Attend on your own or with a partner. Newcomers welcome; prior experience not needed. All dances are taught, walked through, and then prompted with the music.

Must pre-register with photo of COVID vaccination card — email [email protected]. Masks optional. Info: Val at [email protected] or call/text 802-881-9732.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) said that to be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love. Yes, Jane Austen AND the characters in her novels enjoyed English country dancing. These social dances are in different formations (long or short lines, circles, squares, etc.), and range in mood from light playfulness to delightful elegance, enthusiastically robust to gloriously stately. The music comes from traditional, folk, classical, and contemporary sources, and is above all, very melodic. The dances were first published in the mid-17th century, but are part of a “living tradition” that still appeals today.

Upcoming Outdoor Dances (Sundays, 3:30pm Basics/Review; 4pm to 6pm Dancing to Live Music): June 19 & 26; July 10 & 24 & 31; August 28, September 11 & 25.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE VENUE:

– Attendance: Pre-registration with proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Your vaccination card should show that you are fully vaccinated (2 shots for Moderna; 2 shots for Pfizer; 1 shot for J&J) AND that you’ve received at least one booster. Email a photo of your vaccination card to [email protected] The photo is deleted upon receipt.

– Dance space: Open-air pavilion (no walls) with roof overhead. Smooth concrete floor.

– Masks: NOT required, but please wear a mask if you feel more comfortable that way.

– Food & Drink: Bring your own FILLED water bottle(s) and your own snacks. There is no water source on-site.

– Trash: Carry out your own trash. No trash cans on-site.

– Bathrooms: On-site portalets in the parking lot, which is a few minutes’ walk from the dance venue/pavilion.

– Sanitation: Pump bottle hand sanitizer will be available.

– Weather Cancellation: Rain and wind could lead us to cancel the dance; we’d email you that morning if we need to cancel.

– Waiver: On-site, we ask that you read, complete, and sign a hardcopy waiver.