Events downtown

Jul 03

Tate House Presents English Country Dancing
Location: 1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, Maine 04102, US
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Tate House Museum is offering an English Country Dance in the Tate House Yard & Garden on Wed, July 3 from 5:00 -7:00 pm. Come celebrate our country’s independence with a contemporary historical activity! English country dancing has deep roots in British history. The first published collection dates to 1651. ECD came to America with the colonists and became an important social event for the well-to-do. It continued after the War of Independence, and spawned the American contradance.
ECD is a living tradition, with new dances being introduced by multiple choreographers each year. For this program, our caller Robb Spivey will concentrate on some of the simpler dances from the colonial and early American periods. All dances will be taught and backed by live music from accomplished 317 Main musicians. Come experience lively tunes, friendly people, and the beautiful surroundings of the Tate House yard and garden, which will make our English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing
experience. All dancers welcome from beginners to experts. No special clothing is required, but comfotable shoes are recommended as the dance takes place in the grassy yard.
Tickets will be available at the door. $15 General Admission and $12 for Tate House Museum members.
The 1755 Tate House will be open for a sneak peak from 4:15 – 5:00 pm and all attendees will receive a coupon for 50% off a Tate House guided tour that can be used during our regular open season.
Please bring your own chair or blanket for resting between dances. Picnics are welcome!

*Check our website and social media for an alternate location if it rains.*
FMI: Holly Hurd
Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street
Portland ME 04102