English Country Dance


Published in 1651, The Dancing Mater was the first collection of English Country Dances. Editions of this book remained popular for nearly a hundred years, and the dances were mentioned fondly in Napoleonic and Victorian literature. In Britain at the turn of the twentieth century, English Country Dance saw a revival as a dance form.

Anyone who enjoys music and moving to music can do this fun and social activity. It is easy to learn the choreography quickly, and the music is up beat! Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended, come prepared for a few laughs.

Nicola began ballet, jazz and improvised movement to music from a young age. She was introduced to English Country Dance at University where she joined the Medieval and Renaissance Society, and subsequently taught dance there for 13 year. Nicola is an itinerant music teacher, and as a hobby is currently studying and teaching Middle Eastern dancing.