In 1650/51, John Playford published The English Dancing Master, containing instructions for country dances. Subsequent editions and supplements were published under the name The Dancing Master by John and Henry Playford, and John Young until c.1728.
Reconstructions of a selection of dances, mainly from the first edition.
Descriptions of steps, and reconstructions of selected dances.
Information about rehearsals in California, plus descriptions of the dances from the first edition of Playford, with abbreviations expanded and spellings modernized.
Caller, teacher, musician and researcher based in Scotland. Information about dance groups in Edinburgh and Glasgow, music groups, and books and CDs for sale.
Virtual exhibition covering Playford's publications and influence, illustrated with items from the Library's collection.
Coded figures, facsimiles and other data for all of the 1,053 known dances published in various editions of Playford. Also includes some background information.
The complete text of the first edition. Includes links to some of the music.
Annual Playford-style ball in Strafford, Vermont. Includes dance instructions for previous and upcoming balls.
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