Fermilab ECD

Dancing at Fermilab is called by Mady Newfield and Tammy Bretscher and meets on one Sunday afternoon each month from 1 to 5 p.m. Dances are also occasionally held on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 10 p.m. There is sometimes live music by Old Fezziwig’s Band.

On Sundays, the first hour is reserved for experienced dancers only, so that we can program more challenging dances. Newcomers are welcome starting at 2 p.m., or may come early to watch. Those with limited experience in English country dance are encouraged to come at 2 p.m. for basic instruction. The afternoon usually builds on what was taught earlier, so we appreciate newcomers arriving between 2 and 3 p.m.  Set dancing of this sort is appropriate for teenagers, but difficult for children in this multi-age setting, however children are welcome to sit at the end of the room with quiet activities. (For more child-friendly dancing at Fermilab, check out international folk dancing.)

The dancing takes place at:

Kuhn Village Barn
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory site
Between Warrenville and Batavia, IL
2 to 5 p.m. for all, 1 to 2 p.m. for experienced dancers
Donations suggested

Dates for 2019:

  • January 6 with live music
  • February 3
  • March 10
  • March 31 with live music
  • May 5
  • June 16
  • July 14
  • August 4 with guest caller Louise Siddons and live music
  • September 8 with live music
  • October 4-6 – Special event: Harvest Moon Dance Weekend in St. Charles
  • October 27 – Halloween Party
  • December 1

Dates for 2020:

  • January 12
  • February 2
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May 3 (this likely to change because of the Folklore Village English weekend)
  • and more!

Past dances in 2018:

  • January 7
  • February 4 with live music
  • March 4
  • April 8 with live music
  • May 6 with live music
  • May 27
  • Monday, June 11 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 9 – 7:30 p.m.
  • August 5
  • Monday, August 27, 7:30 p.m. – note that air-conditioning is now a feature of Kuhn Barn!
  • September 16 with live music
  • September 28 – 30 Special event: Harvest Moon Dance Weekend in St. Charles
  • October 28 – Halloween party
  • November 11 with live music
  • December 2

Past dances in 2017:

  • January 8
  • February 5 with live music (also February 13 and 27, Monday evenings)
  • March 12
  • April 2 with live music
  • May 7
  • May 21 with live music
  • June 18
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10 with live music
  • October 1 – Preparation for Harvest Moon Dance Weekend
  • October 13-15 – Special event: Harvest Moon Dance Weekend (in Oak Park)
  • October 29 – Hallowe’en party
  • November 12 – Pat Shaw Centenary Celebration dance with live music
  • December 10

Additional resources

List of dances done at Fermilab ECD

Current printable flyer for Fermilab ECD

Additional information, including directions to the Kuhn Barn