English Dance Program

English Country Dance Banner“What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies.”

“Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world. Every savage can dance.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813.

Whether you consider yourself a savage or from polished society, English country dancing welcomes you! CDS Boston Centre offers many different regular series and special events – you’re sure to find something to love, whether you’re an experienced dancer or have just seen Pride & Prejudice and want to learn how to dance as well as Darcy and Elizabeth!

Harvard Square Friday Beginners’ Series
This series is aimed at attracting new dancers to English dancing. The dance is held in Harvard Square on 2nd and 4th Fridays, September through June.


Bare Necessities and Friends’ Wednesday Evenings
The Wednesday series dances in Arlington Heights are for all dancers, from new to experienced, and feature something for everyone, September through June.


Experienced English Dance Series
Experienced dancers are invited to join us on First Fridays in Brookline, or First Saturdays at either West Newton or the Concord Scout House, for an evening of challenging dances, or familiar dances done with less (or no) teaching. Most dances are taught, but dancers are expected to be familiar with the common figures such as siding, heys, figure-of-eight, etc. October through May.


Special Events
CDS Boston Centre offers many special dances throughout the year, in addition to the regular series described on this page, such as the Fall Favorites dance party in September, the Gala Holiday Party on the first Saturday of the New Year, a mid-winter dance celebration featuring a special guest caller, the English-Scottish dance party in early February, the Boston Playford Ball on the Saturday after the first Friday in March, and more.


Summer 2017 Wednesday Dance Parties and Ice Cream Socials
Dances in July and August, in air conditioning, with ice cream during the break!


CDS BC English Dance Archives