Sir William: “Do you dance, Mr. Darcy?”

Mr. Darcy: “Not if I can help it!”

Sir William: “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.”

~ Pride & Prejudice

Our sentiments were unlike Mr. Darcy’s during our February meeting, where everyone kicked up their heels and learned how to English country dance to live music. Heather Webster from English Country Dancing Vancouver guided us step-by-step while Lark in the Evening provided beautifully played live music on stringed and wind instruments. With varied levels of experience, the members twirled and laughed their way through the motions called out by Heather. Some members even dressed in their Regency-era finery for the occasion.

After working up an appetite on the dance floor, we enjoyed lively conversation during our potluck lunch.

If you’re interested in learning this refined and elegant dance style, English Country Dancing Vancouver meets regularly on Sundays twice a month. No experience is necessary, as all dances are taught on the spot. For a schedule of meeting dates, visit their website.

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