Symmetry English Country Dancing (Symmetry ECD) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation registered in Virginia.
Address: 7288 Hanover Green Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
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About Symmetry ECD - a brief history
The idea that became Symmetry began on Zoom with a few simple dances from 21 Easy English Country Dances for the Charlottesville, VA senior recreation center ECD when COVID 19 closed The Center. Teaching and Calling ECD on Zoom was new to everybody. It was a hard slog at first. They spent more time learning how to use Zoom than dancing. But people persisted and spread the word. Soon dancers were joining from Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Missouri and more.
Dancer's encouraged the group to open it up to others and post a notice on the CDSS website. Sharon Spangler and Gerald Pottern of Raleigh, NC, saw the notice and joined. They were charmed by the group's quirks, from doing Duke of Kent's Waltz and Alice every week to ending with a “teddy bear waltz.” Soon Sharon was asked to call a dance and a star was born. Sharon, began calling weekly on Sunday starting in June 2020.
With a regular caller, the group could expand. Symmetry's founder drew on her expertise with organizing and working on Zoom to put the group on a solid foundation. With the group's input, she and Sharon worked out their vision of good calling on Zoom: two walk-throughs and calling throughout. Sharon's husband Gerald provided useful demonstrations of the moves while Sharon focused on giving clear calling and instructions.
It was time for a new name. She had been calling her group Charlottesville ECD, but that no longer seemed to fit this group of dancers, most of whom had never met outside Zoom. It was truly a virtual dance community and needed a name not tied to any one locality. Symmetry seemed a good choice.
At the February 16th (2021) dance, The Symmetry Waltz by Dave Marcus became Symmetry's theme song.
Stay tuned to the website for info on all our new and ongoing adventures!