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.
Harvest Moon Dance Weekend
October 16 – 18, 2015
(Friday evening through Sunday afternoon)
with events in St. Charles and Oak Park, IL
music by Bare Necessities
Peter Barnes, Earl Gaddis, Mary La, Jacqueline Schwab
Workshops taught by Jacqueline Schwab, dances led by Chicagoland callers
Registration by mail opens August 1
Space limited to 60 dancers
Full weekend $ 95 / $55 student before October 1
2015 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:
August 17 with live music by Old Fezziwig’s Band
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).
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 June 4,, 2015 (M. Newfield)