We Call Dances!
Tom Mack will be your dance master with Lesley as the floor manager.
Married for 48 years, Tom & Lesley are retired school teachers with a love of history, especially concerning the Civil War.
Tom and Lesley
Enjoying a Waltz
Fun playing period music
We are accompanied by members of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers who will encourage audience participation and help guide you through the steps of the dances.
The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.
Our main goal is to raise money for historic land preservation by teaching and enjoying early American dance.
We enjoy dances of the 1800's, but we love dances of the Colonial period as well.
Along with leading dancing at living history events and reenactments, we have experience in leading a variety of community, family, church, and school dances from Colonial to Contra.
At living history events we usually set up at a site with our own recorded music and encourage passersby to learn a dance or two before they move on to the other activities. We can also present 20 to 60 minute programs where we talk a little about the history and etiquette of 1800's dancing along with getting people up to dance. We love calling a full-on dance which typically last 2 to 3 hours.
All performance fees will be donated to preservation groups such as:
The Civil War Trust www.civilwar.org
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation shenandoahatwar.org
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation was kind enough to name Tom & Lesley their 2015 Volunteers of the Year. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?
We started our group in the Spring of 2012.
For the year 2012, the SVCWED donated $1,150.00.
For the year 2013 the SVCWED donated $2,953.00. Also, $300.00 as in-kind services.
For the year 2014 the SVCWED donated $5,265.00. Also, $600.00 as in-kind services.
For the year 2015 the SVCWED donated $7,925.00. Also, $650.00 as in-kind services.
For the year 2016 the SVCWED donated $9,175.00. Also, $2,300.00 as in-kind services.
For the year 2017 the SVCWED donated $10,050.00. Also, $1,500.00 as in-kind services.
For the year 2018 the SVCWED donated $10,472.00. Also, $1,100.00 as in-kind services.
For the year 2019 the SVCWED donated $10,000.00. Also, $450.00 as in-kind services.
For the year 2020 the SVCWED donated $5,300.00.
For the year 2021 the SVCWED donated $300.00.
Total Donations: donations $62,590.00 and $6,900.00 in-kind
Our home phone: 540-743-9389; we live near Luray, VA.
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SVCWED where you can see all of the fabulous dance videos that Lesley has created as well as other history-related posts. :)
Some of those videos are on Youtube as well. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGR3O_wTHvOwdVfdSBHZV4g