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 2018:

  • January 29 – Live 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 (see below)
  • May 14
  • June 4
  • July 30
  • August 13

April 30, 2018 Rare Privilege plays for Oak Park English Country Dancing


Rare Privilege features Maria Terres on fiddle and Amy McFarland on piano. They play traditional fiddle music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada, Scandinavia, and the US. Based in Wisconsin, they have performed throughout the US and also in Canada.

Their music has often been described as “way more sound than we ever though two instruments could make.” Devotion to their individual instruments, a sense of innovation, and a deep love and respect for the living tradition of folk music and dance combine to give their music an imaginative and lyrical energy and drive.

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