English Country Dancing at Fermilab

Regular dancing meets at Fermilab Sunday afternoons
once per month, year round.
This is an accessible sort of set dancing done to beautiful music

- something for all ages and energy levels.
All the dances are taught and walked through.
Everyone is welcome. No previous experience or partners are needed.

(Children must be able to follow instructions and dance independently of their parents or siblings.)

Dancing starts at 2 p.m. for all,

with a session for more advanced dancers at 1 p.m.,

and continues to about 5 p.m.

Special Events


Dance to the music and calling of Bare Necessities’ pianist

Jacqueline Schwab

Monday, November 3

19th Century Club Ballroom in Oak Park, IL


New Year’s Ball Weekend 2015
Earl Gaddis and Karen Axelrod

January, 17-18, 2015  in St. Charles, IL


Schedule of Sunday Dances at Fermilab:

2014   October 5
            October 26 – Halloween Dance with live music!
            November 9
            December 7
2015 dates coming soon

Dances  done at previous sessions at Fermilab

     Music for dancing is provided either by excellent recordings or by the fine playing of Old Fezziwig's Band . If you are interested in joining these musicians and  playing for English dancing, please contact us (see link to 'folkdance' below ).
    We dance in the Kuhn Village Barn, located on the east side of the Fermilab site. It is visible to the north when you stop at the first stop sign inside the east gate of the lab, in the “Village” (see directions below). Parking is available just north of the barn, or across the street.

**If weather causes cancellation, an email will be sent by noon that day. Notice will NOT necessarily be placed here on the website, but join the email list or check by contacting us – see below.

Click here for a printable flyer with current dates
Please feel free to call  or email to verify meeting time and date: 
               Mady Newfield 630-584-0825   
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Oak Park English Country Dancing
Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park
7 to 10 p.m.
$10 /$5 youth and seniors
Dancing in Oak Park is called by Tammy Bretscher and Mady Newfield and meets the third Monday of the month (except Sept.):
October 20 with Old Fezziwig’s Band
November 3 special dance played and called by Jacqueline Schwab
November 17
special Sunday, December 14, afternoon Holiday Regency Dance with Old Fezziewig’s Band
Click here for the current Oak Park flyer and parking information 
Evanston English Country Dancing
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1509 Ridge Ave., Evanston
(at the corner with Grove Street)
 8 to 10 p.m.
$5 / $3 students
Dancing in Evanston is called by Tom Senior and meets every other Wednesday evening (late August through early June). Dates for 2014:
September 24
October 8 with Putting on Aires
October 22
November 5 with Putting on Aires
November 19
December 3 with Putting on Aires
December 17
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Directions to the Barn on the Fermilab site

For detailed instructions showing how to find the Kuhn Barn at Fermilab, click on To the Barn

From the East

To come to the Barn, take I-88 to the Route 59 exit. Exit and turn right, going north on Rt. 59. Go to Batavia Road (the 4th light) and turn left. Enter Fermilab through the gate and proceed to the first stop sign at Sauk Blvd.. Turn right. The Barn is the second building on your right. There is a parking lot just beyond it to the north. Go up the ramp to enter.
Alternatively, take North Avenue, Route 64, west to Route 59. Go south on Rt. 59, passing through West Chicago, until you arrive at the intersection with Batavia Road (the next light after Mack Road), in Warrenville. Turn right on Batavia Road and proceed as above.

From the West

Exit I-88 at Farnsworth Av. which becomes Kirk Rd. Go north, passing the outlet mall, and crossing Butterfield Road, past several stoplights, to the entrance to Fermilab at Pine St. Turn right and enter the lab. Drive east across the main road, passing stop signs by the high-rise, another stop sign by the CDF buildings, a blinking red light at Eola Road, and continue on to the next stop sign by the houses of the "Village". (If you go too far, you'll get to the East gate to the lab at Batavia Road.) Turn left at this stop sign to go north on Sauk Blvd., and the Barn is the 2nd building on your right. There is a parking lot just beyond it to the north. Go up the ramp to enter. Alternatively, take Route 64 (=North Avenue) or Route 38 (=Roosevelt Road) to Kirk Road and go south to Pine St, which is one light south of Wilson St., or 3 lights south of the intersection of Fabyan Parkway and Kirk Road. Turn left at Pine St to enter Fermilab and proceed as above.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us (see below).

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More Dancing at Fermilab :
International Folk Dancing

Welsh Dance Performing Group  - Y Ddraig Goch Welsh Dancers

Silk and Thistle Scottish Country Dancing

Fermilab Folk Club Barn Dances

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More Information ?

If you would like to be added to the email contact list to receive reminders of the next dance,

or to get more information send E-Mail to: folkdance
or call Mady Newfield at (630) 584-0825 or (630) 251-0811  (cell)

This information was updated Sept. 22, 2014 (M. Newfield)