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.

 


Past events

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies Playford Dance

Date: October 6, 2018

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

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

With music from Alan Brunier, Benjamin Rowe and Vic Smith.  Bob and Jen with call the dances.  Free raffle tickets if you come in costume!

Coventry Zesty Playford with Andrew Swaine and Matt Norman

Date: May 19, 2018

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

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

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

First Steps into Playford Workshop

Date: February 3, 2018

Time: 14:00 - 17:00

Location: St Barbara's Scout Hut

Dance workshop: 2‒5 p.m., led by Anne Daye
Wear comfortable shoes, no experience needed.

Here’s Anne’s description of the workshop:
“I will teach the steps used in dancing c.1651 – c.1680: the singles and doubles widely known in the day and also for country dances. They are more accurate historically than the current practice in most folk dance circles of walking through the figures. They also bring the dances alive with more energy and drive than walking, and also shape the figures better and match the strains of the music.

The aim is to encourage the use of stepping in a fun and approachable way (and I have done this for many years with success!), and to impart some understanding of the historical context of country dancing as a sophisticated genre of dance, enjoyed by all levels of society, emphasizing how Playford 1651 was dedicated to the young gentlemen of the Inns of Court.

Along the way, I will indicate how we know about the steps, and how they vary in the different metres.

The importance is to reinstate the proper steps and therefore prompt appreciation of a very special aspect of English culture.”

£5. Please message Jen to book.
Special offer: £1 off your ticket to the Coventry Zesty Playford dance in the evening if you book for either of the workshops 🙂

In association with the Historical Dance Society.

CZP with Daisy Black, Jude Rees and Tom Kitching

Date: February 3, 2018

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

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

Playford Tunes Workshop with Andrew Swaine

Date: February 3, 2018

Time: 10:30 til 13:00

Location: St Barbara's Scout Hut

Playford Music workshop: 10.30 a.m.‒1 p.m., led by Andrew Swaine

Any instrument welcome. Dots will be sent out in advance.

£5. To pre-book, email jen@folkdancing.co.uk
£1 off your ticket to the Coventry Zesty Playford dance in the evening when you book.

In association with the Historical Dance Society

Coventry Zesty Playford with Steamchicken and Jen Morgan

Date: December 2, 2017

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

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

Coventry Zesty Playford with Purcell’s Polyphonic Party and Emma Wooders

Date: November 4, 2017

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

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

Coventry Zesty Playford with Bob Morgan and Ali Messer, Alan Brunier and Benjamin Rowe

Date: October 7, 2017

Time: 19:30 - 22:30

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