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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 24, 2013

Public invited to annual Evening of English Country Dancing

The public is invited to celebrate Regency England during the fourth annual Evening of English Country Dancing, Friday, Nov. 8, in the gymnasium of Horace Mann Laboratory School, located in Everett W. Brown Education Hall at Northwest Missouri State University.

Dance instruction with dance caller Dr. Jerome Grisanti will be 7 to 7:30 p.m., and dancing will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Grisanti spends 30 minutes teaching various dance steps. During the dancing, he “calls” each dance, meaning he announces each step.

Refreshments will be available, and participants are welcome to dress in period costumes.

This free event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages.

English country dancing dates back to the Renaissance, along with the Regency period. English country dancing is often portrayed in Jane Austen movies.

“This event allows people to experience a literary world in a new way by entering the Regency period for an hour or two and getting a taste of what a dance in a Jane Austen novel might be like,” said Dr. Jenny Rytting, an assistant professor of English who organizes the annual event.

In 2010, Rytting taught a course about Jane Austen’s fiction. During that time, Grisanti contacted Rytting about instructing a dance to supplement the course.

Grisanti presented a lecture about dancing in Jane Austen’s day, and the class sponsored the first Evening of English Country Dancing. The event proved to be popular and the Department of English and Modern Languages has continued to sponsor the dance each fall.

For more information, contact Rytting at or 660.562.1741.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468