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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.

Upcoming Events

Working with Sources Workshop

Date: March 3, 2018

Time: 10:30 - 13:30

Location: St Barbara's Scout Hut, Rochester Road, Earlson, Coventry, CV5 6AG

A workshop on interpreting our sources for Playford dances, led by Anne Daye. Here’s Anne’s description of the workshop:

“The aim is to encourage more people to go back to the original documents, and develop understanding on which they can assess different interpretations of the dances.

I will cover ‘Playford’ as defined by Barlow in The Complete Country Dance tunes 1651 – 1728. So the day will explore the significant changes in dance culture of c.1700, concerning the introduction of the French style. Sources linked to and illuminating Playford will be discussed: manuscript sources, Lorin’s 2 ms. for the French king re English country dancing, country dances published c.1700 in Feuillet notation. We will also examine selected dances in order to investigate some of the problems in turning words into dance.

I expect the day to be roughly half and half practical and theoretical.”

Coventry Zesty Playford with Andrew Swaine and Matt Norman

Date: March 3, 2018

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

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

Coventry Zesty Playford October Edition

Date: October 6, 2018

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

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

Coventry Zesty Playford December Edition

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

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

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.