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William and Mary Heritage Dancers Records

Identifier: UA 7.040

Scope and Contents


  • 2000-2009
  • Majority of material found in 2007-2009

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Historical Note:

The William and Mary Heritage Dancers was established in 1997 as the Williamsburg Heritage Dancers at William and Mary. The William & Mary Heritage Dancers is a student group that meets regularly to learn and perform a historic style of social dancing known as English Country Dance (ECD). ECD was revived on a hobbyist level at the turn of the twentieth century, and seems to have returned to the Williamsburg area in the mid-twentieth century. The student group does both reconstructions of dances recorded in historical sources and modern dances composed in the historic style. The club also became a forum for students to compose and try out their own original “English Country” dances. A personal account of the group by Jenna Simpson, one of the students to reestablish the group in 2006, is available in the collection.


Spring & Fall 2007

President: Jenna Simpson

Vice-President: Sarah McCartney

Secretary: Melissa Pocock

Treasurer: Mary Wakeman-Linn

Spring & Fall 2008

President: Jenna Simpson

Vice-President: Kelsey Bartiss

Secretary: Katrina Hudy

Treasurer: Melissa Pocock (spring), Paul Matson (fall)

Spring & Fall 2009

President: Jenna Simpson

Vice-President: Amy Green

Secretary: Sarah McCartney (spring), Katrina Hudy & Kelsey Bartiss (fall)

Treasurer: Paul Matson

Current information about the group is available at its websites: and (Club website as of spring 2009) Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


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Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2009.176 received from Jenna Simpson on 4/30/2009.

Related Materials:

A t-shirt received as part of the collection was transferred to the University Archives Artifact Collection.
Guide to the William and Mary Heritage Dancers Records
Finding Aid Authors: Amy C. Schindler.
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository