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Please join us every month for Contra dancing and weekly for English and Scottish country dance classes.

You are not required to bring a partner to any of our dances - the tradition is to change partners after every dance, so there will always be someone ready to dance with you.

In 2015, we had in May our annual Jane Austen dance (theme: chocolate persuasion) and on October 31st, we will be having our annual Pride and Prejudice & Zombies dance--the theme is "Fangs for the Memories". We hope you can join us.

You can join us Thursdays for English Country Dance at the Winchester Community Center, here in Las Vegas (just north of Desert Inn, at 3130 Mcleod); no prior experience is required. The walk-in rate is $6 per person and we ask that you bring along non-street shoes to dance (our center wants to minimize damage to their prepared dance floor).

We also have Scottish Country Dance on Fridays. Many of us who attend have been dancing Scottish for some years, so feel comfortable knowing you'll have an experienced partner, if you are a beginner! The charge is $5 per person for non-members of the Southern Nevada Old Time Country Dance (SNOCD) and $4 for members. The member rate is only $3, if tickets are purchased in groups of 5 or more.

Our Contra Dances are now being scheduled both in Boulder City (at the old Water Department building; now part of the Parks & Recreation Dept) and at the Charleston Heights Arts Center (CHAC). Please check our website to determine the dates and times for upcoming dances with live bands!

Contra dance at CHAC is $10 per person for non-members and $5 per person for SNOCD members, students, children and active military personnel. Any dancer coming for the 1st time gets their next dance free.

Make sure to check our website for complete descriptions of our dances! http://www.lasvegascountrydance.org .

We look forward to dancing with you!

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English Country Dance

Winchester Cultural Center

Note we regularly have 10-12 dancers/session, or more, as we prepare for major dance events, like the Playford Ball in Pasadena CA, or our annual PPZ dance this coming October. There is no need to bring along a partner; we exchange partners after each of the 6-8 dances we learn/practice in an evening. If you identify with Elizabeth Bennett or Mr. Darcy and see yourself dancing with grace and elegance to the beautiful music of long ago, all you need are lessons from Marsden Macrae, and you will soon find yourself gliding across the dance floor with your partner in the most romantic of social settings. Though English country dance appeared in the 16th Century and entertained Queen Elizabeth I, it is still around today, because people love it so and because elegance and romance never are out of style. Twice a year we have special English country dances. Our 8th Annual Jane Austen Dance is scheduled for Saturday evening, June 3rd 2017 at the old Boulder City Water & Power Building. Our 7th Annual Pride & Prejudice & Zombies Dance, will be announced later in May, once we have more clarity when the Charleston Heights Arts Center reopens following renovation. The walk-in charge for our dance classes is $7 per session, paid at the staff counter, as you enter. If you find that English Country Dance is simply something you simply MUST do each ad every week, you also have the option of registering for a month's worth of classes at a time, for a fee of $25. Beginner dancers are welcome! The Winchester Cultural Center is managed by the Clark County Parks & Recreation Department and is located at 3130 South Mcleod Drive. The nearest major cross-streets are Mcleod and East Desert Inn Road. The class starts at 6 pm, sharp, so please consider an arrival time of 5:45 pm, to allow time for paying at the front desk. Please also bring along a second set of soft soled shoes (not street shoes; sneakers are OK) for dancing, to protect our dance floor.

Scottish Country Dance

Hollywood Recreation Center

• What we'll do Relaese you inner Highlander (or in some cases your inner Outlander), and join us for an evening of reels, jigs and strathspeys as we gather to learn the steps and patterns of Scottish Country Dance! Each Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 twelve to fourteen dancers meet for our class, and along with the dances themselves we sometimes learn a bit about the cultural and historical relevance of each dance, and have a ton of fun! Beginners are very welcome, and no dance experience is needed, as each dance is taught and the steps called by our gifted dance mistress, Marsden McCrea. While it is not necessary to bring a partner, please feel free to bring a guest, because the more the merrier! Our class size is small and informal, allowing for individualized attention. So what exactly is Scottish Country Dance? Scottish Country Dance is a form of social dance that became popular in Scotland in the 18th century, and is still danced in Scotland and England today, both at formal celebrations, such as weddings and balls, and at informal dances called ceilidhs (pronounced KAY-lees). It is essentially the Scottish version of ballroom dancing, and is related to English Country Dance, Contra Dance, and Irish Set Dancing. Dances are done in long lines running the length of the hall, with 2 - 3 couples dancing in a set together for a single repeatition of the dance, before moving on to the next set of couples. Usually by the end of an entire dance, all of the couples have danced with all of the other couples. Dancers then choose a new partner, and new lines form for the next dance. So, if you have ever wondered what type of a dance Jamie and Claire from Outlander might do together, or what type of social dance Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip might partake in, wonder no more! This is it! • What to bring Scottish Country Dace is very active, so please wear cool, breathable clothing. Many ladies find they are most comfortable dancing in flowing skirts, and apparently many of the men agree, because sometimes the men show up in kilts! Our venue has a requirement that only soft shoes that will not mark the wood floor be worn. Shoes should be flat soled. Ballet shoes, jazz shoes, and clean, new sneakers that don't "grab" the floor too much all work. Be sure to bring a large bottle of water, because Scottish Country Dance is quite aerobic, and we stop for frequent water breaks! • Important to know The price of class is $29/month, or $7.50 for a drop-in fee, payable to Clark County Parks and Recreation at the front desk. SNOCD is our local organization that promotes not only Scottish Country Dance, but other types of dance, such as English Country Dance and Contra Dance. Please visit our website at www.laavegascountrydance.org to learn about other opportunities to come dance with us, including our annual Jane Austen Ball and the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Ball!

English Country Dance

Winchester Cultural Center

Note we regularly have 10-12 dancers/session, or more, as we prepare for major dance events, like the Playford Ball in Pasadena CA, or our annual PPZ dance this coming October. There is no need to bring along a partner; we exchange partners after each of the 6-8 dances we learn/practice in an evening. If you identify with Elizabeth Bennett or Mr. Darcy and see yourself dancing with grace and elegance to the beautiful music of long ago, all you need are lessons from Marsden Macrae, and you will soon find yourself gliding across the dance floor with your partner in the most romantic of social settings. Though English country dance appeared in the 16th Century and entertained Queen Elizabeth I, it is still around today, because people love it so and because elegance and romance never are out of style. Twice a year we have special English country dances. Our 8th Annual Jane Austen Dance is scheduled for Saturday evening, June 3rd 2017 at the old Boulder City Water & Power Building. Our 7th Annual Pride & Prejudice & Zombies Dance, will be announced later in May, once we have more clarity when the Charleston Heights Arts Center reopens following renovation. The walk-in charge for our dance classes is $7 per session, paid at the staff counter, as you enter. If you find that English Country Dance is simply something you simply MUST do each ad every week, you also have the option of registering for a month's worth of classes at a time, for a fee of $25. Beginner dancers are welcome! The Winchester Cultural Center is managed by the Clark County Parks & Recreation Department and is located at 3130 South Mcleod Drive. The nearest major cross-streets are Mcleod and East Desert Inn Road. The class starts at 6 pm, sharp, so please consider an arrival time of 5:45 pm, to allow time for paying at the front desk. Please also bring along a second set of soft soled shoes (not street shoes; sneakers are OK) for dancing, to protect our dance floor.

Scottish Country Dance

Hollywood Recreation Center

• What we'll do Relaese you inner Highlander (or in some cases your inner Outlander), and join us for an evening of reels, jigs and strathspeys as we gather to learn the steps and patterns of Scottish Country Dance! Each Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 twelve to fourteen dancers meet for our class, and along with the dances themselves we sometimes learn a bit about the cultural and historical relevance of each dance, and have a ton of fun! Beginners are very welcome, and no dance experience is needed, as each dance is taught and the steps called by our gifted dance mistress, Marsden McCrea. While it is not necessary to bring a partner, please feel free to bring a guest, because the more the merrier! Our class size is small and informal, allowing for individualized attention. So what exactly is Scottish Country Dance? Scottish Country Dance is a form of social dance that became popular in Scotland in the 18th century, and is still danced in Scotland and England today, both at formal celebrations, such as weddings and balls, and at informal dances called ceilidhs (pronounced KAY-lees). It is essentially the Scottish version of ballroom dancing, and is related to English Country Dance, Contra Dance, and Irish Set Dancing. Dances are done in long lines running the length of the hall, with 2 - 3 couples dancing in a set together for a single repeatition of the dance, before moving on to the next set of couples. Usually by the end of an entire dance, all of the couples have danced with all of the other couples. Dancers then choose a new partner, and new lines form for the next dance. So, if you have ever wondered what type of a dance Jamie and Claire from Outlander might do together, or what type of social dance Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip might partake in, wonder no more! This is it! • What to bring Scottish Country Dace is very active, so please wear cool, breathable clothing. Many ladies find they are most comfortable dancing in flowing skirts, and apparently many of the men agree, because sometimes the men show up in kilts! Our venue has a requirement that only soft shoes that will not mark the wood floor be worn. Shoes should be flat soled. Ballet shoes, jazz shoes, and clean, new sneakers that don't "grab" the floor too much all work. Be sure to bring a large bottle of water, because Scottish Country Dance is quite aerobic, and we stop for frequent water breaks! • Important to know The price of class is $29/month, or $7.50 for a drop-in fee, payable to Clark County Parks and Recreation at the front desk. SNOCD is our local organization that promotes not only Scottish Country Dance, but other types of dance, such as English Country Dance and Contra Dance. Please visit our website at www.laavegascountrydance.org to learn about other opportunities to come dance with us, including our annual Jane Austen Ball and the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Ball!

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