About

Party Like it’s 1651!  Coventry Zesty Playford is a series of fun and lively dances, based in Coventry.  We have great live music and a caller to teach you all the moves.

Dances are in St Barbara’s Church Hall, Rochester Road in Earlsdon, CV5 6AG.  They are 7:30 – 10:30 pm.  Tickets are £9 or £6 for students and under 18s.

Our sister event, the Ceilidh Experiment, runs in the same venue.  Please see the website for upcoming ceilidh events.

Upcoming Events

Pirate Playford!

Date: March 9, 2019

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

Location: St Barbara's Church Hall, Rochester Road, Coventry, CV5 6AG

But will there be ninjas?  How will we know?  Music from Vic Smith, Benjamin Rowe and Joshua Rowe.  Charlotte Rich will be calling the dances.  Free raffle tickets if you dress up.

Time Travel Playford with Brooke Friendly

Date: October 5, 2019

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

Location: St Barbara's Church Hall, Rochester Road, Coventry, CV5 6AG

Dancing the Whole Dance — workshop with Brooke Friendly

Date: October 5, 2019

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Location: St Barbara's Scout Hut

Timings tbc.

Within the context of dancing excellent dances, we will spend time exploring global terminology as a tool to build community and learn (and dance) the whole dance. The teaching language will be global and geography-based, referring to position rather than gender. You will have the opportunity to dance all roles in a dance – learning the whole pattern. If you are interested in looking at a new way of teaching or building a dance community, you’ll leave with some tools and food for thought. If you want to dance a variety of enjoyable dances, the teaching language has the benefit of simplicity and clarity…there will be plenty of good dancing.

You Wanna Help?…Don’t Help! — workshop with Brooke Friendly

Date: October 5, 2019

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Location: St Barbara's Scout Hut

Timings tbc.

Dance and play dance games to reduce helping (and receiving help) to its most subtle and helpful. Practice a variety of learning skills and recovery skills.

What is Playford dancing?

Playford dancing gives you the grace and poise of ballroom without the footwork, the fun and sociability of barndancing without the haybales, and the simple accessibility of the macarena without, er, without the macarena, and what a relief that is.

Playford dances are the popular dances of the 17th and 18th centuries; they are an important part of our English folk dance tradition. If you’ve been to a ceilidh, it’s a lot like that. In fact, many Playford dances get done at ceilidhs, so you may well have done some Playford before. Now you’ve got the chance to do more!

Just like with ceilidh dances, you have a partner and dance with a group of people (a set). A caller teaches the dance, while a live band provides the music. You can make the dances as energetic or as elegant as you want them to be. You don’t need any prior dancing experience, and you don’t need to bring a partner, though feel free to bring all your friends.