When We Dance

Monrovia English Country Dancers are a group who meet the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month (except major holiday weekends) in Monrovia, California, to dance new and old English country dances. Beginners are always welcome.  If you want to attend one of our classes, there’s no need to sign up ahead of time — just show up at any class, pay your $5 for that evening, and you’re in.

WHAT:  We do English Country Dance, which is the sort of dancing you’ve seen in Jane Austen movies. It’s a fun, friendly, social form of dancing which isn’t too strenuous, and requires neither dance experience nor the grace of a ballet dancer.  A centuries-old form of social dance, it involves two or more couples dancing a series of patterns in a variety of formations including circles, squares, and two long lines facing each other.  It was danced by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, the first Queen Elizabeth, and by a growing number of folks around the world.

WHEN: The 2nd and 4th Friday of every month (major holiday weekends excepted), from 7:30 – 10 pm. (There is no class on December 25, 2015.)  If it’s your first time doing English Country Dancing, please plan to arrive five minutes early.

WHERE: St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 122 S California Avenue (at Foothill Blvd), Monrovia, CA 91016. Free parking in lot.

HOW MUCH: $5 per class.

DETAILS: No partner required, no costume required, no reservation required; we welcome beginners at every class. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. 

CHILDREN: We welcome children who are old enough to follow the directions of a caller and remember some terms when explained, and are comfortable performing basic dance moves with strangers (for example, taking hands or hooking elbows). We find that most children can do these things at around age eight. Parents of younger children who wish to dance with them are welcome to carry the child in their arms or a baby carrier while dancing.
CONTACT:  For more information, please email MonroviaECD@gmail.com or see www.facebook.com/MonroviaECD