Civil War Dancers perform at Woman’s Club meeting

Staff Writer
Woodford Times
The Civil War Dancers performed various dances at the Woman’s Club meeting, including the Black Moccasin and Waltz. (Submitted photo)

 The Central Illinois Civil War Dance Society Performers, under the leadership of Jean Meyers, entertained at the Sept. 17 Metamora Woman’s Club dinner meeting.  

Five couples from the Society appeared in their formal ball wear of beautiful ballgowns, gloves, and fancy vests and frock coats.  

They performed early to mid-1800’s period dances, including the Black Moccasin, Crystal Schottische, Circle Waltz, Jackson reel, and the southern version of the Virginia Reel.  

They concluded the program by teaching and dancing a group polka with several unsuspecting members of the audience.

Jean Meyers, curator of the Metamora Courthouse Museum, explained that it was fashionable to welcome the court members into town by holding a ball.  

Although they don’t know if Abraham Lincoln danced at these balls when they were held in Metamora, it is likely that he attended.  

Meyers gave background on the dances, answered questions from the audience, and talked about some of the clothing.  

He also said that members of the Civil War Dancers have performed at museums, schools, nursing homes, and churches locally and around the country from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum to Gettysburg.  

They practice regularly at the Metamora Courthouse and welcome visitors and people interested in joining.

Metamora Woman’s Club is also open to any women of the area who would like to join our organization with international affiliation made up of women who are dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.  

The club holds monthly meetings on the third Monday of each month from Sept. through May with programs, fellowship, and refreshments.  

If interested, call co-presidents Jolene Pelton or Jennie Sarver, membership chairman Dottie Goetz, or any Metamora Woman’s Club member.