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You’re invited to step back in time on Saturday, Feb. 11 as Ark Valley Music and Dance presents “Introduction to Jane Austen Era English Dancing” in Salida.

County dance originated in Britain and then spread to many other lands. According to Wikipedia, “For some time English publishers issued annual collections of these dances in popular pocket-books. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy all loved country dancing and put detailed descriptions of it into their novels.”

Community dancing events are hosted the 2nd and 4th Saturday’s from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Salida American Legion Hall, located at 235 10th St. Salida (10th and H Streets). The cost is $5 per person and dancers will have a wood floor and recorded music as their stage.

Organizers also offer introductory lessons for “newbies”, 30 minutes before each event. First-timers are asked to be ready to start dancing promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The nonprofit Ark Valley Music and Dance has a new website where you can learn about their many other activities, such as: country-western dances, swing and waltz classes, old-time music jams, and weekend festivals. According to their website, “We envision our community as even healthier, happier, and brighter as each person participates daily in music and dance.”

For more information, readers may contact Hal Barnes via Email to