The Warwick Historical Society will host an Introduction to English Country Dance on Sun., Feb. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the A.W. Buckbee Center, located at 2 Colonial Ave. in Warwick. Instructor Niel V. DeMarino will share his talents and expertise with the class as participants learn to dance the way it was done in Jane Austen’s day.
The elegance and exuberance of English Country Dance (ECD) is a wonderful vehicle for forging lifelong friendships and making memories. Similar to its descendent, square dancing, ECD is easy to learn and fun to do while being more elegant and playful.
Niel’s classic core of dance study led to Irish Dance, which he taught for many years. A love of history bloomed into being a Revolutionary War re-enactor as well as a living historian devoted to researching, preserving and demonstrating all aspects of 18th century life; open hearth cooking, period correct tailoring and social graces and deportment, to name a few.
In 2003, Niel co-founded “In Good Company,” a period-correct dance troupe, which brought together 18th century dance styles and authentic reproduction clothing to bring performances to a variety of historic sites and venues. Niel studies Baroque and 18th century dance with Dorrie Olsson and Kaspar Mainz of New York Historical Dance, Amherst Early Music Festival and most recently has been taking classes with The New York Baroque Dance Company.
All are welcome and no experience is necessary. Admission is $15 per person or $30 per couple and reservations are requested. Light refreshments will be served. To make a reservation, call 986-3236, ext. 106.