About the Advanced Dance Series
Twice each year, the Amherst area is home to two dances
which provide experienced dancers with a unique venue. The Advanced
Dances feature nationally-known callers and top-notch English country
dance musicians, and allow experienced dancers to dance together
with minimal teaching. Akin to a ball without the elaborate costuming,
these dances bring together dancers from throughout New England
and beyond. The dances span the gamut from classic ECD favorites
to newly composed dances by contemporary choreographers, selected
to provide both challenge and dancing delight.
Advanced Dances are held in the fall
and in the late winter/early spring (February/March/April) of each year
at Munson Library in south Amherst,
They are scheduled for Sunday afternoons (1:30-4:30) to facilitate
travel for out-of-towners. A leisurely refreshment break adds to the conviviality
of the afternoon and supplies energy for more dancing!
For additional dancing enjoyment, the Advanced
Dances are usually held the day after the Pleasures
of the Town Third Saturday dance. Many experienced dancers
spend the weekend in Amherst, arriving in time for the Pleasures
of the Town dance on Saturday, spending the night in one of the
area's charming bed-and-breakfasts,
and then dancing again on Sunday afternoon before returning home.