William and Mary Heritage Dancers

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The William and Mary Heritage Dancers was established in 1997 as the Williamsburg Heritage Dancers at William and Mary. The William & Mary Heritage Dancers is a student group that meets regularly to learn and perform a historic style of social dancing known as English Country Dance (ECD). ECD was revived on a hobbyist level at the turn of the twentieth century, and seems to have returned to the Williamsburg area in the mid-twentieth century. The student group does both reconstructions of dances recorded in historical sources and modern dances composed in the historic style. The club also became a forum for students to compose and try out their own original �English Country� dances. A personal account of the group by Jenna Simpson, one of the students to reestablish the group in 2006, is available in the collection. Officers: Spring & Fall 2007 President: Jenna Simpson Vice-President: Sarah McCartney Secretary: Melissa Pocock Treasurer: Mary Wakeman-Linn Spring & Fall 2008 President: Jenna Simpson Vice-President: Kelsey Bartiss Secretary: Katrina Hudy Treasurer: Melissa Pocock (spring), Paul Matson (fall) Spring & Fall 2009 President: Jenna Simpson Vice-President: Amy Green Secretary: Sarah McCartney (spring), Katrina Hudy & Kelsey Bartiss (fall) Treasurer: Paul Matson Current information about the group is available at its websites: http://web.wm.edu/so/heritagedancers/?svr=www and (Club website as of spring 2009) http://wmpeople.wm.edu/site/page/heritagedancers.

William and Mary Heritage Dancers in the SCRC database.

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