QuickSilver Country Dancers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that sponsors English Country dances in the Atlanta/Decatur area. We are a local affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society of America (CDSS).
About English Country Dancing:
English Country dancing is a form of folk dancing which has earliest documented instances in the late 16th century. It is considered to be the precursor to American Contra Dancing and has similar moves. "ECD" (as it is called) is commonly danced to classical music, and is done in short sets or long lines up and down the hall. Couples may progress along the lines, dancing with other couples as they go.
No Prior Experience Needed!
All QCD dances are taught beforehand, then the moves are called during the dance. In addition, all QCD dances have a Newcomer's Orientation starting at 1:30 p.m. This is a teaching session, during which the caller will teach some of the basic dance figures and will explain how the dance is oriented and some basic dance conventions. Newcomers to English country dancing are encouraged to attend this workshop, but it is not required. Most moves are done at an easy walking pace.
No Partner Necessary!
It is a tradition in this form of dancing to encourage dancers to dance with different partners for each dance, so you don't have to bring a partner, spouse or friend to the dance in order to join in! QCD dances are a great way to get mobile, get social, and meet new people!
About Global Terminology Dancing:
Traditional dances are called with distinct gender roles, and opposite sex couples are the norm. Gender-neutral, or Global Terminology, dancing is an opportunity for dancers to come together and dance in a friendly, non-gender-oriented environment. During the dance, dancers can choose to dance either role, regardless of their gender. Dancers may dance with an opposite sex partner, or a same sex partner. And, the caller uses positional or non-gender terms instead of "ladies" and "gents" to call the dance.
The regular dance runs from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., and an informal group goes out to dinner afterwards at a local restaurant.
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