The DanceEnglish Country Dance began as a combination of formal court dance and folk dance in the 1600s. It became wildly popular throughout Europe during the next two centuries.It was revived 100 years ago. New dances continue to be devised to this day.
We welcome dancers of all ages and backgrounds.Beginners welcome. LGBTQ+ friendly. You do not need to bring a dance partner; we switch partners every dance. All dances are taught by a dance caller, as we move in graceful patterns with a walking step to beautiful music. We dance for our own enjoyment, not as a performance or competition.Please avoid perfume and scented grooming products.Free Admission on FridaysAll of our regular Friday evening dances have Free Admission for everyone. Donations are welcome.
We dance every Tuesday evening at Willowdale Presbyterian Church, 38 Ellerslie Avenue, North York (map); andevery Friday evening atthe Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East, Toronto (map), usuallyon the second floor.All welcome; no experience required.[More info]Workshops for experienced dancers, various Sundays 2:00-4:30: February 23 (38 Ellerslie), March 22 (765 Queen East), May 3.For these workshops, English Country Dance experience is required.[More info]Annual Twelve Dresses Ball coming up on April 10! Dancing in the afternoon and evening, with a potluck dinner inbetween.More special dances…Save the date! Dance weekend October 2 to 4, 2020, with caller Joanna Reiner Wilkinson and live music by Goldcrest.
St Barnabas Anglican Church175 Hampton Avenue, Toronto(Just west of Chester subway station)http://www.stbarnabas-toronto.comEnter through the children’s play area off Hampton Avenue.Note: This is NOT our primary dance location. This is the location of a particular dance only if it explicitly says “St Barnabas Church” in the listing for that dance.
Ralph Thornton CentreSecond floor765 Queen Street East, Toronto(Two blocks east of Broadview Ave)http://www.ralphthornton.orgNote: This is the primary location for our Friday evening dances. The special dances are held at various locations. The location address is mentioned with each special dance.
Willowdale Presbyterian Church38 Ellerslie Avenue, Toronto(Near North York Centre subway station)Entrance at the east side.Note: This is the primary location for our Tuesday evening dances. The special dances are held at various locations. The location address is mentioned with each special dance.