What we’re about
Join us for the fun of dancing, with great live music!
English Country Dancing is social, community dancing, where one of the pleasures is interacting with everyone in the room. New people are welcome any time, and you don't need to bring a partner.
Often the first thing that attracts people is the splendid live music. The tunes range from joyful and playfully whimsical to stately and elegant. Some of the tunes go back hundreds of years, while others were composed more recently.
If you've seen Jane Austen movies, then you've seen English Country Dancing. Dancers take a different partner for each dance of the evening, and join a "set" of couples. Each couple dances a series of figures with another couple, then repeats the routine with the next couple in the set, and so on. There's no special footwork: If you can walk you can dance!
Germantown Country Dancers offers a brief orientation to basic dance figures at the beginning of each Wednesday night dance. Come at 7:30 to learn the basic figures before the regular dance starts at 8:00.
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COVID-related regulations are in place for all GCD events, starting with these highlights:
- Mask securely covering your mouth and nose
- Proof of vaccination (including a booster dose) required on your first visit, except for the Barn Dance
- If you don't feel well, or have had symptoms within 48 hours even with a negative test, please stay home and take care of yourself.
- You will need to sign a liability waiver, which GCD will keep on file (no more signing each week). For detailed guidelines and waiver text see the COVID Safety page.
The Country Dance and Song Society website can help you find English country dances in other communities.