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Join us for English Country Dancing! Now on 2nd Sundays.
Specifics for this dance: We recommend that beginners come at 2:00 pm for the introductory lesson. Caller: Band: Cost: $12 (or $10 if you're a member of FUCSJ or BACDS), $6 Students or low income, $20 Supporters, or pay as you can. General Information about our dances: English Country Dance can be elegant, lively, and romantic. It's often referred to as "Jane Austen dancing" since it is common in movies such as "Pride and Prejudice." It's an ancestor of square dance but much simpler and more courtly. This type of dancing requires thought and concentration, but is more accessible for beginners than other forms of dance such as ballroom or line dancing. Our friendly, experienced dancers will guide you as you build skills and confidence. We have terrific LIVE music too! Who dances? Any and all active people from age 10 to 80+. This is a very social dance and good exercise too for both brain and body! No prior experience needed. If you're a beginner, arrive early for the lesson at 2:15 pm. Most of the instruction is early on. Come alone or with a friend. We change partners often and we will welcome you. Attire: Casual, cool clothes; soft-soled shoes (no boots or high heels). Websites: Join us on Facebook: "San Jose English Country Dance" Find more English Country Dances sponsored by the Bay Area Country Dance Society here: ( Here's a YouTube video with an example of an English Country Dance: ( ( Hope to see you on the dance floor soon! (

First Unitarian Church

160 N 3rd St · San Jose

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Socialize, exercise, and make new friends to live music accompaniment! This is a dance style popular for centuries, from Shakespeare to Dickens to Jane Austen! Elegant, stylish, and a lot of fun! No experience needed; all dances are taught and called. Wear cool, comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes (no high heels or boots, please). Refreshments will be served.

June Harmon of Vancouver, BC introduces ECD here:

And what it can look like when the 'pros' do it:

This dance is co-sponsored by The Bay Area Country Dance Society ( ) and The First Unitarian church of San Jose ( ).

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