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March 15, 2016

Public invited to annual Evening of English Country Dancing

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The public is invited to celebrate Regency England during the seventh annual Evening of English Country Dancing, Friday, April 1, in the gymnasium of Horace Mann Laboratory School, located in Everett Brown Education Hall at Northwest Missouri State University.

The evening will include dance instruction with dance caller Jerome Grisanti and dancing from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. The event will feature live music, provided by fiddler Alice Boyle and guitarist Robert Rosenberg.

The event is free and sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages. Participants are invited, but not required, to dress in period costumes.

“I will call dances ranging from before 1690 to dances written just recently, with all being accessible to regular people,” Grisanti said.

Boyle and Rosenberg are members of the contra dance band STEAM! They play a variety of modern, old time, Irish and French Canadian tunes from around the world. They regularly lead jams and clogging workshops as well as perform concerts.

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

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