English Country Dancing at Fermilab
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. We occasionally hold potluck suppers following the dance, and contributions of snacks for the break are always welcome.
Spring Dance Weekend with noted dance historian Susan de Guardiola
Saturday, April 4, 2015 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, Hyde Park
Cross Step Waltz workshops – beginning and intermediate
As part of the 9th annual U Chicago Dance Weekend
Sunday, April 5, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Kuhn Barn at Fermilab
Introduction to Ragtime and Two-step (late 19th and early 20th century dance styles)
Susan de Guardiola’s description: “Late nineteenth-century two-step is a lively couple dance traditionally associated with the wonderful marches of John Philip Sousa, though it also works well with many ragtime tunes. Its basic turning step is much like a smoother, gentler polka, and one mixes in walking and galop steps, sometimes adding a bit of schottische. It is very accessible for beginners.” For an example, check this video.
Sunday, April 5, 2015 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Kuhn Barn at Fermilab
Cross Step Waltz workshop - review and new moves.
See this link for information about this style of waltz. There are many online videos available.
Monday, April 6, 2015 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Nineteenth Century Club, Oak Park
Victorian Ball (see Oak Park below)
$10 donation suggested for each workshop at Fermilab
Spring Dance Weekend flyer here
Harvest Moon Dance Weekend
October 16 – 18, 2015
with events in St. Charles and Oak Park
music by Bare Necessities
calling by Jacqueline Schwab and local callers
2015 April 12
June 21 with live music
Click here for the current flyer
Dances done at Fermilab (including the Ball weekend English dances )
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, check the Fermilab calendar or check by contacting us – see below.
Please feel free to call or email to verify meeting time and date:
Mady Newfield 630-584-0825
OTHER ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING IN THE CHICAGO AREA
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 usually meets Monday evenings:
May 18 with live music by Old Fezziwig’s Band
Monday, April 6, 7 to 10 p.m.
instruction by Susan de Guardiola
live music by the Cosmic Otters with Tim Macdonald
Period dress encouraged
Admission $20 ($10 youth and seniors) to benefit the 19th Century Scholarship Fund
Click here for the current Oak Park flyer and parking information
Dances done in Oak Park
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 2015:
March 11 and 25
April 8 and 22
May 6 and 20
For detailed instructions showing how to find the Kuhn Barn at Fermilab, click on To the Barn
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.
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).
More Dancing at Fermilab :
International Folk Dancing
If you would like to be added to the email contact list to receive reminders of the next dance,
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 March 25, 2015 (M. Newfield)