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We generally hold dances on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month.
There are occasional exceptions to this rule with dances on other Fridays
or Saturdays. The specific dates may depend on the scheduling of holidays
and other events.
All dances start at 8 P.M. and go to 11 P.M. unless otherwise
noted. Most dances are held at the Phillips
Recreation Center, 505 W.Stoughton, Urbana.
Admission for most dances is on a sliding scale from $5 to $10, pay what
you feel is right. A higher fee may be charged for special events.
UCD Bylaws (PDF - 50 KB)
Contact the UCD
Please communicate to us your ideas and suggestions to make our organization and dances better for you.
The Urbana Country Dancers periodically publish a directory of dancers in our group. It includes, name, address, phone and email. If you would like to be listed or would like to change your information contact Jenny Barrett at 217/352-2714 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Urbana Country Dancers have dedicated the book entitled Midwest Folklore and Other Dances to Orace E. Johnson in appreciation of his many contributions to the contra dance community in Central Illinois. This book is a collection of 112 contras, squares and other dances arranged by composer (with cute titles such as Dean's Delight, Merle's Magic, Shake, Rattle and Stroll etc.) and indexed by difficulty, title and type. The dances were compiled and edited by our very own prolific contra dance writer Michael Fuerst. Copies may be purchased by sending $15 per book plus $3 for shipping to:
If you wish to get only announcements of upcoming dances and related events set your Email Delivery mode to Special Notices Only.
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You might also want to check out the Usenet group rec.folk-dancing to follow discussions about contra and other traditional dance forms.
We also invite you to join the Central Illinois English Country Dancers for another type of dance event. English Country Dancing was the precursor of contra and square dancing and was popular in England and America in the 1600's, 1700's and early 1800's. If you've seen any of the recent Jane Austen movies you've seen this form of dance. It's similar enough to contra dance to be familiar, but different enough to be interesting.
Country Dance and Song Society