Join us at Grace Baptist Church in Taylors, SC every month!
All who wish to learn this historical "Jane Austen" style of dancing are welcome.
Check our schedule for the next dance class!
What is English Country Dance?
English Country Dance (ECD) is the forerunner of Civil War dancing, square dancing, and contra dancing. This form of folk dance was first documented in the 16th century, but remains popular to this day. For more information on ECD history, check out our History page.
English Country Dance is a very social form of dance. Rather than couples dancing alone, it is a social mixer. Young and old alike can enjoy this activity.
Don't know how to dance?
You don't need to know how to do English Country Dance to participate. From the very first dance, all movements are explained each time. Throughout the music, the dance mistress will "call" the movements so that even brand-new beginners can enjoy each dance. All levels of dancers enjoy ECD together.
Refreshment breaks are taken during the evening and anyone is certainly welcome to sit out any dance if they wish.
Don't have a partner?
It doesn't matter, you can come anyway! Many attend who come without a partner. The focus of ECD is group dancing.
What to wear
Modest, comfortable, informal clothing is perfect. Flat shoes that stay on your feet are best (no flip flops or high heels).
Children who want to learn to dance are welcome. Please keep young children under control at all times (especially around the sound equipment and the food). Children must be able to quietly sit out advanced dances.
Admission of $5 per person/$20 per family maximum.
Please bring a simple plate of finger-food to share at refreshment time. Refreshments renew our dancing energy and provide us a chance to fellowship. Drinks will be provided.
Grace Baptist Church in Taylors, 5020 Old Spartanburg Road. The dance will be held in Fellowship Hall which is in the basement of the Education Building toward the back of the complex. Use the sidewalk on the left of the Education Building. For the easiest entrance access, (when facing the church) park on the left side of the church. Look for our directional signs. Please join us!