English Country Dancing at Fermilab

English country dancing meets at Fermilab Sunday afternoons, generally, once per month, year round. And as we now enter our second decade, we are adding Monday evenings once a month, or as often as feasible.
English country dancing is an accessible sort of set dancing done to beautiful music - something for all ages and energy levels.
All the dances are taught and walked through. Everyone is welcome. No previous experience or partners are needed. (Children must be able to follow instructions and dance independently of their parents or siblings.)

Sunday dancing starts at 2 p.m. for all, with a session for more advanced dancers at 1 p.m., and continues to about 5 p.m. We occasionally hold potluck suppers following the dance, and contributions of snacks for the break are always welcome.

Monday dancing starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. Newcomers should join us for basic instruction in the early part of the evening.

This group is part of the Chicagoland English Country Dancers

an affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society

See our new website at ChicagolandECD.org

There you will find information about special events, such as the

Harvest Moon Dance Weekend, Oct. 14 – 16, 2016

2016 Sunday Dances at Fermilab

        June 19
        July 17
        August 14 (tentative)   

Monday dances at Fermilab

        June 13
           (Monday evening dances resuming in September)
Click here for the current flyer
Dances done at Fermilab (including Harvest Moon Dance Weekend 2015 dances )

     Music for dancing is provided either by excellent recordings or by the fine playing of Old Fezziwig's Band . If you are interested in joining these musicians and playing for English dancing, please contact us (see link to 'folkdance' below ).

    We dance in the Kuhn Village Barn, located on the east side of the Fermilab site. It is visible to the north when you stop at the first stop sign inside the east gate of the lab, in the “Village” (see directions below). Parking is available just north of the barn, or across the street.


***If weather causes cancellation, an email will be sent by noon that day. Notice will NOT necessarily be placed here on the website, but join the email list, check the Fermilab calendar or check by contacting us – see below.

Please feel free to call or email to verify meeting time and date: 
 Mady Newfield 630-584-0825 


Oak Park English Country Dancing

Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park

7 to 10 p.m.

$10 /$5 youth and seniors

Dancing in Oak Park is called by Tammy Bretscher and Mady Newfield and usually meets Monday evenings:

June 27 Special dance with live music by Mara Shea and Jonathan and Meg of the Cosmic Otters

July 25 Special dance with guest caller Colin Hume and Old Fezziwig's Band

Click here for the current Oak Park flyer and parking information

Dances done in Oak Park

Evanston English Country Dancing

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1509 Ridge Ave., Evanston

(at the corner with Grove Street)

8 to 10 p.m.

$5 / $3 students

Dancing in Evanston is called by Tom Senior and meets every other Wednesday evening (late August through early June)

(Cancelled: May 25 )

June 8

Directions to the Barn on the Fermilab site

For detailed instructions showing how to find the Kuhn Barn at Fermilab, click on To the Barn

From the East

To come to the Barn, take I-88 to the Route 59 exit. Exit and turn right, going north on Rt. 59. Go to Batavia Road (the 4th light) and turn left. Enter Fermilab through the gate and proceed to the first stop sign at Sauk Blvd. Turn right. The Barn is the second building on your right. There is a parking lot just beyond it to the north. Go up the ramp to enter.
Alternatively, take North Avenue, Route 64, west to Route 59. Go south on Rt. 59, passing through West Chicago, until you arrive at the intersection with Batavia Road (the next light after Mack Road), in Warrenville. Turn right on Batavia Road and proceed as above.

From the West

Exit I-88 at Farnsworth Av. which becomes Kirk Rd. Go north, passing the outlet mall, and crossing Butterfield Road, past several stoplights, to the entrance to Fermilab at Pine St. Turn right and enter the lab. Drive east across the main road, passing stop signs by the high-rise, another stop sign by the CDF buildings, a blinking red light at Eola Road, and continue on to the next stop sign by the houses of the "Village". (If you go too far, you'll get to the East gate to the lab at Batavia Road.) Turn left at this stop sign to go north on Sauk Blvd., and the Barn is the 2nd building on your right. There is a parking lot just beyond it to the north. Go up the ramp to enter. Alternatively, take Route 64 (=North Avenue) or Route 38 (=Roosevelt Road) to Kirk Road and go south to Pine St, which is one light south of Wilson St., or 3 lights south of the intersection of Fabyan Parkway and Kirk Road. Turn left at Pine St to enter Fermilab and proceed as above.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us (see below).

More Dancing at Fermilab :
International Folk Dancing

Welsh Dance Performing Group  - Y Ddraig Goch Welsh Dancers

Silk and Thistle Scottish Country Dancing

Fermilab Folk Club Barn Dances


More Information ?

If you would like to be added to the email contact list to receive reminders of the next dance,

or to get more information send E-Mail to: folkdance
or call Mady Newfield at (630) 584-0825 or (630) 251-0811 (cell)

This information was updated May 24, 2016 (M. Newfield)