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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 28, 2017

Public invited to annual Evening of English Country Dancing

Jerome Grisanti

Jerome Grisanti

The public is invited to celebrate Regency England during the eighth annual Evening of English Country Dancing, Friday, March 3, in the gymnasium of Horace Mann Laboratory School, located in Everett Brown Education Hall on the Northwest Missouri State University campus.

The evening will include dance instruction with dance caller Jerome Grisanti at 6:30 p.m. and dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Dr. Jiwon Choi, pianist and staff accompanist at Northwest, will play live dance tunes while Grisanti leads participants through the steps. 

The event is free and sponsored by Northwest’s Department of Language, Literature and Writing. Participants are invited, but not required, to dress in period costumes.

English country dancing dates back to the Renaissance and was popular during the Regency period. English country dancing is often portrayed in Jane Austen movies.

Grisanti began dancing in 1977. He moved to Maryville in 2006 and dances in Kansas City, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas. He began calling in 2001 in Louisville, Kentucky, and enjoys calling square dances and English country dances. For more information about Grisanti visit

Choi was born in Busan, South Korea. She received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Dong-Ah University in South Korea, her master’s in piano performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and her doctoral degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Kansas.

She won the 2014 American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music during her debut at the Carnegie Hall. She was invited to perform world premiere compositions at the 2013 International Beethoven Festival in Chicago.

For more information, contact Dr. Jenny Rytting, assistant professor of English, 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