A stimulating and enjoyable weekend for dancers who want to learn more about the treasure trove of music and dances published by John Playford in the English dancing Master in 1651. You’ll learn a little of the history, gain insight into how dances evolved through the ages, with some time for attention to dance technique. There will be a costume ball on the Saturday evening, so do bring costumes if you wish!
“Very good to understand early Playford techniques which do challenge current practice. Really enjoyed the challenge. I will be attending future courses. Halsway feels like my second home!” Participant
Who’s it For?
This is an intensive weekend of dancing for regular dancers, but with the option of some free time on Saturday afternoon if you’re flagging! If you enjoy Playford dancing, want to understand more about its origins and put that into practice, then this course is for you.
Andrew Swaine is a musician, dancer and – first and foremost – a popular and engaging caller. He runs dances from ceilidhs to contra, but has a deep passion for and knowledge of Playford dance. He has a fresh and fun approach, referring to the original Playford instructions and exploring the early Playford technique. Andrew called for the Halsway Playford in 2015 and we’re delighted to have him back for a second year.
Albireo are Tom Kitching (fiddle, mandolin), Howard Jones (melodeon, Anglo concertina, hammered dulcimer, recorder, vocals), Steve Hodgskiss (piano, English concertina), Peter Crowther (bass guitar, keyboard), Sean Bechhofer (guitar). With a combined total of over a hundred years’ experience of playing for events, Albireo will deliver just what you need for a great dancing!
“Great sound, a joyful stage presence and a bunch of really nice guys. What’s not to like?” – Martyn Harvey, Dance Caller