There are duple dances, the "Mad Robin," a "Figure of 8" and the "Straight Hey for Three."
But when Randi Woodworth first describes English country dancing, she explains the intricate patterns and social interactions only after she has caught peoples' attention with this:
"One thing I love about it is it's the opposite of road rage," said Woodworth, who began monthly gatherings of English country dancers three years ago at the 19th Century Charitable Association in Oak Park. "You are connecting with people in a friendly and benevolent way. It's a very civilizing thing, so refreshing for the soul."
With dances that range from the 17th century to the present, the Oak Park group draws an average of 40 dancers of all ages from around the state on the third Monday of the month. It is one of three groups in the Chicago area and many of the dancers who meet in Oak Park began with a group at the Fermi Lab in Batavia.