Oak Park ECD

Dancing in Oak Park is called by Tammy Bretscher and Mady Newfield and typically meets on the third Monday evening of each month from 7 to 10 p.m. There is often live music by Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward or guest musicians.

The Nineteenth Century Club
178 Forest Ave., Oak Park
7 to 10 p.m.
$10 / $5 youth and seniors (higher for special events)

Dates for 2019:

  • January 4 – Reunion Dance, by request (sent in advance if possible), with recorded music
  • January 21 – Music by Tim and Jeremy
  • February 18 – recorded music
  • March 18 – recorded music
  • April 15 – Music by guest Elizabeth Anderson, with Tim Macdonald and Jonathan Whitall
  • May 20 –  Special event:  An Evening of Victorian Dancing (see below)
  • June 10
  • July 15 –  with guest caller Louise Siddons joining Tammy and Mady
  • August 19
  • September 30
  • October 4 – 6 Special event: Harvest Moon Dance Weekend in St. Charles
    – more to come –

    May 20, 2019 Special event

    An Evening of Victorian Dancing

    Miriam Attia 20121222-LRC84049 adjMiriam Attia will lead us in a collection of 19th-century couple dances and set dances–including the polka and that scandalous new invention, the waltz.  Miriam received her training in Victorian dance performance as a featured player in Mr. Fezziwig’s Christmas parties at California’s famed “Great Dickens Christmas Fair,” as well as through her involvement with Stanford’s Viennese Ball Opening Committee. She has taught Victorian dance to groups at Stanford and elsewhere in the Bay Area. (Photo credit: Larry Colen.) Guest musicians are Rare Privilege: Amy McFarland and Maria Terres.RarePrivilegeSuggested donation is $15 adults/ $10 students and low-income seniors.
    Printable flyer for this event

Past events in 2018:

  • January 29 – Music by Tim and Jeremy
  • February 19 – Ignatius Sancho Revisited – In honor of Black History Month, a reprise of some of the 18th century dances of this first African published composer, with live music by Tim and Jeremy
  • March 26
  • April 30 – Special event: music by Rare Privilege from Wisconsin – Maria Terres, fiddle, and Amy McFarland, piano
  • May 14
  • June 4
  • July 30
  • August 13 – Music by Tim and Jeremy
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 12
  • December 10 – Music by Tim and Jeremy

Past events in 2017:

  • January 23
  • February 20 – Special event: Ignatius Sancho Dance
  • March 20 – Live music by Tim and Jeremy
  • April 17
  • May 15 – Special event: Playford Pleasures
  • June 12 – Live music by Tim and Jeremy with Liz Donaldson
  • July 10
  • August 7 – Live music by Martha Edwards and Nicky McConkey
  • September 11 – Special event: 19th century dances with Susan de Guardiola; live music by Tim and Jeremy
  • October 2 – Preparation for Harvest Moon Dance Weekend
  • October 13-15 – Special event: Harvest Moon Dance Weekend
  • November 13 – Pat Shaw Centenary Celebration with live music by Tim and Jeremy
  • December 11 – Holiday dance with live music by Tim and Jeremy

September 11, 2017 special event:

The dancing of early 19th century Edinburgh

Noted dance historian Susan de Guardiola will teach dances from her recent research into the music and dances of the Lowe brothers of Edinburgh, one of whom was later dancemaster to Queen Victoria’s children. The dances, from books published around 1825, include a variety of waltz country dances, mescolanzes and quadrilles with interesting figures. Tim Macdonald and Jeremy Ward will complement the dancing with historically accurate renditions of the music. And to complete the theme, historical costume for any dancers who wish would be most appropriate!

Additional resources

List of dances done at Oak Park ECD

Parking information for the Nineteenth Century Club and that area of Oak Park (note new restrictions as of March 2018!)

Current printable flyer for general dancing