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The Long Island Traditional Music Association

"giving you that old song and dance"

English Country Dance

English Country Dance (ECD) is for people who dance for fun, for exercise, for sociability—the same reasons folks did these dances 300 years ago. The dances are graceful and elegant; the music is hauntingly beautiful.

If you can walk and know the difference between left and right, you already have the basics. Most figures are based on a walking or skipping step. Dancers move in a number of patterns, sometimes holding hands, sometimes by themselves. Every dance is prompted by a caller, so that each figure and movement is called in time to the music and you don't need to know the dances in advance. You can come by yourself, as our tradition is to change partners for each dance. Local dances are social and friendly, and the atmosphere is informal. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes or sneakers.

2016 - 2017 Dance Dates