Special Notice
We will be holding monthly dances this summer. Some of the dances will be held in an alternate location. Be sure to check the schedule in order to go to the correct location. We will try to keep the web site up-to-date on this, but if you have any doubts contact

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.

If you are going to be traveling this summer you might want to check out some of the dance groups elsewhere in the country, or some of the dance weekends this summer.

Key to the location codes

May 2023
May Saturday 6 Euphor
Matt Turino, Sam Payne, Tom Turino & Michael Valliant

6:00 pm - Potluck
7:00 pm - Beginner Lesson
7:30 pm - Contra Dance
11:30 pm - Bonfire

At the Kalyx Center
442 E 1300 North Rd
Monticello, IL
Kalyx Center Map
Masks are required while dancing and vaccination and all boosters (Vax card or photo) will be checked at the door.

Lauren Peckman
St. Louis
May Friday 26 Meadowhawk
Amanda Ramey, Claire Johnson & Matt Turino
Masks are required while dancing and vaccination and all boosters (Vax card or photo) will be checked at the door.
Miriam Larson
June 2023
June Friday 2 Steampunk Festival Dance with The Bandicoots
Featuring Meg Dedolph and Jonathan Whitall from The Cosmic Otters, along with Jeremy Ward on cello.
The dance starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance or admission paid at the door.

Check the website Cogs and Corsets for more info.

Jonathan Sivier
June Sunday 4 Community Contra Dance
There will be a FREE contra dance on Sunday afternoon as part of The Center For the Arts Fiddle & Jam Weekend 2023.
The dance runs from 3 to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Masks are required while dancing.

Kristi Emilsson
June Friday 23 Miriam & Matt
Miriam Larson and Matt Turino will be playing for the dance.
Masks are required while dancing and vaccination and all boosters (Vax card or photo) will be checked at the door.
Jonathan Sivier
July 2023
July Friday 28 Claire, Sam and Matt
Masks and vaccination will be optional for dances at the Phillips Center
Jonathan Sivier
August 2023
August Thursday 3 Fiddle Sax Fusion
Dancing from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cloud Mountain Kombucha in Lincoln Square Mall.
Not officially a UCD event, but should be fun. So check it out.
Kristi Emilsson
Lincoln Square Mall
August Sunday 20 Bow-Dacious String Band
Afternoon family dance in the park.
Dancing from 4-6.
Followed by a potluck dinner.
There will also be an Open Band lead by Acoustic Mayhem. So bring your instruments.
Kristi Emilsson
Crystal Lake Park Pavilion
August Friday 25 to
Sunday 27
Sugar Hill
Dance weekend near Bloomington, IN

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