Florida Dance Schedule

  1. Wed - Apr 26 — Gainesville: Irish
  2. Wed - Apr 26 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  3. Fri - Apr 28 — Orange Park: English Country
  4. Sat - Apr 29 — Gainesville: Mayfair Ball
  5. Apr 29-30 — Barberville Spring Frolic!
  6. Sun - Apr 30 — Gainesville: Advanced Contra
  7. Mon - May 1 — Gainesville: English Country
  8. Tue - May 2 — Melbourne: English Country
  9. Tue - May 2 — Venice Area: English Country
  10. Tue - May 2 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  11. Tue - May 2 — Fort Walton: Contra
  12. Wed - May 3 — Gainesville: Irish
  13. Wed - May 3 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  14. Fri - May 5 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  15. Fri - Mar 5 — Melrose:
  16. Fri - May 5 — Orange Park: English Country
  17. Sat - May 6 — Cocoa Beach: Contra
  18. Sat - May 6 — Boca Raton: Contra
  19. Sun - May 7 — Gainesville: Contra
  20. Mon - May 8 — Gainesville: English Country
  21. Tue - May 9 — Melbourne: English Country
  22. Tue - May 9 — Venice Area: English Country
  23. Tue - May 9 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  24. Tue - May 9 — Fort Walton: Contra
  25. Wed - May 10 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  26. Wed - May 10 — Gainesville: Irish
  27. Fri - May 12 — Melbourne: Contra
  28. Fri - May 12 — Orange Park: English Country
  29. Fri - May 12 — Melrose: Contra
  30. Fri - May 12 — Tallahassee: Contra
  31. Sat - May 13 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  32. Sat - May 13 —Davie: Contra
  33. Sun - May 14 — DeLand: English Country
  34. Mon - May 15 — Gainesville: English Country
  35. Tue - May 16 — Melbourne: English Country
  36. Tue - May 16 — Venice Area: English Country
  37. Tue - May 16 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  38. Tue - May 16 — Fort Walton: Contra
  39. Wed - May 17 — Gainesville: Irish
  40. Wed - May 17 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  41. Fri - May 19 — Jacksonville: Contra
  42. Fri - May 19 — Sarasota: Contra
  43. Sat - May 20 — Gainesville: Contra
  44. Sun - May 21 — Boca Raton: Contra
  45. Mon - May 22 — Gainesville: English Country
  46. Tue - May 23 — Melbourne: English Country
  47. Tue - May 23 — Venice Area: English Country
  48. Tue - May 23 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  49. Tue - May 23 — Fort Walton: Contra
  50. Wed - May 24 — Gainesville: Irish
  51. Wed - May 24 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  52. Fri - May 26 — Orange Park: English Country
  53. May 26-28 — Florida Folk Festival
  54. Sat - May 27 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  55. Sun - May 28 — Coconut Grove: Contra
  56. Mon - May 29 — Gainesville: English Country
  57. Tue - May 30 — Melbourne: English Country
  58. Tue - May 30 — Venice Area: English Country
  59. Tue - May 30 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  60. Tue - May 30 — Fort Walton: Contra
  61. Wed - May 31 — Gainesville: Irish
  62. Wed - May 31 — Tampa: Scandinavian
Click to Zoom English Country Dance

History of
English Country Dance

History of English Country Dancing


Various opinions


Alan Winston
Gene Murrow
Earthly Delights
Wikipedia

My Comments


The history of English Country is more murky the above essays imply. What was meant by a "Country Dance" in the time or Queen Elizabeth I? Three possibilities: A village dance such a done by peasants at fairs; A dance form unique to the country manor houses; A dance composed by a dancing master to resemble a village dance. We have no way of knowing, but period paintings of village dancers indicate crude, rowdy behavior hardly compatible with the most casual court activities. I suspect that the country dances performed by or for the queen had been greatly sanitized. The system of precisely describing dance movement (Labonotation) was not developed until around 1720. It was used only for serious dances at that time, not the trivial country dances.

The Dancing Master first published by John Playford in 1651 is called a collection of country dances. "Collection" in this sense does not necessarily imply a "collector" as understood in the early 20th century. John Playford was a printer; there is no indication that he was a dancer. There appears to have been several individuals who contributed to the Playford collection. Most likely these were dancing masters who contributed their repertoires: Dances which they arranged and taught. While unlikely, it is possible that some of the Playford dances had never been danced before they were published.

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