January Thaw – January 17, 2020

Join us for the “January Thaw!”

This evening of English country dancing is held in conjunction with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) Chicago Branch 40th Anniversary New Year’s Ball Weekend.

The dances will be called by Nikki Herbst and Mady Newfield.

We will have music by Dave Wiesler on piano and Tim Macdonald on fiddle.

Admission is $20 at the door (full-time students $10).

Friday, January 17, 2020
7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Baker Community Center
1010 S. 2nd Street
St. Charles, IL

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Dave will also lead a Workshop for English country dance musicians

Saturday, January 18, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Kuhn Barn at Fermilab
Batavia, IL

Suggested donation is $10 (at the door).

Interested musicians, please contact us at chicagolandECD@gmail.com, and fill out this form [link coming soon] with information about your background to help Dave plan the workshop.


Additional information

Dave Wiesler

Pianist Dave Wiesler (Newark, DE) discovered English dance music in 1992, and immediately felt that the job description had been written specifically for him. Since then has become highly regarded for his strong rhythm, his technical skills, and his deep knowledge of the genre. He performs most often with his band Goldcrest, but regularly joins other musicians. Dave is at home in a huge range of other styles of music and folk dance, including contra dance, Scottish country dance, swing, vintage dancing, blues, and Viennese waltz. He has played at festivals and dance and music camps across the country, as well as in Canada, Scotland, and England; he has composed hundreds of tunes, many of which are used for ECD; and he appears on over twenty recordings — recent ones include The Goldcrest Collection of mostly English country dances, Hanneke Cassel’s Trip to Walden Pond, and a recent album of original waltzes, Thirty-Three More. In addition, Dave is a capable guitarist and singer, a children’s choir accompanist, and a soccer coach and chauffeur for his two growing boys.


Nikki Herbst

Nikki Herbst wants most of all to bring the joy, art, and human cooperation of dance, music, and song to as many people as possible. She has been active as a dancer, dance leader, dance organizer, and dance editor for most of her life and invites you to have a look at her website, http://www.nikkiherbst.com, for details. She is on the Board of the Country Dance and Song Society and is the editor of many well-known dance books.

Nikki lives half the year in Amana, IA, and half the year in Hawthorne, FL. She has found that spending half of each year in the Midwest allows for excellent access to wilderness canoeing, raptor rehabilitation work, and therapy dog outreach visits with her big dog Henry, while the half of the year spent in Florida is a great time to hike, photograph wildlife, and work on a never-ending list of house and yard projects. Fortunately, there are opportunities for dancing, making music, and singing with friends everywhere.