Events

    Coming Events


Date Event
2021
13 March, 18.00 Have a Go!

Louise Siddons & Bernie Culkin will host a new caller's session called “Have a Go!” The aim of this workshop is to give callers the opportunity to try out something new in a supportive environment and receive feedback. You may want to try out a new call and get feedback on whether it works for both solo and dances couples.

Numbers will be especially limited for the “Have a Go!” session because we want you to have enough time to try your new thing and receive feedback. Priority will be given to callers who have attended the “Calling for Zoom” workshop and who have limited opportunities to call regularly via Zoom.
20 March, 18.00 Dance Interpretation Workshop

Colin Hume will introduce participants to the art of dance reconstruction. Participants will then be divided into small groups to work on interpretations of (mainly) unfamiliar dances. The is a participatory workshop and therefore limited to 12 people.

If you wish to attend, please email Judith stating where you dance and how much experience you have had of dance interpretation (no experience/some experience/quite a lot of experience). This information will be used to group participants appropriately, not as a basis for selection. Please include your email address and any alternative name you use on Zoom.

We are operating a sliding scale ticket price for this event. The price you pay is based on your circumstances.

Standard: £10

Pay more: £15

Pay less: £ 7

21 March, 18.00 Calling for Zoom

Louise Siddons & Bernie Culkin will consider the Zoom experience from the perspective of the dancer and facilitate discussion about how to adapt our calling so that it provides a positive experience for both solo and couple dancers.

    Past Events


Date Event
2021
7 March, 16.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Bernie Culkin will lead a virtual dance workshop with recorded music.
27 February, 19.00 Calling for Zoom   List of dances

Louise Siddons & Bernie Culkin will consider the Zoom experience from the perspective of the dancer and facilitate discussion about how to adapt our calling so that it provides a positive experience for both solo and couple dancers.
7 February, 16.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Louise Siddons will lead a virtual dance workshop with recorded music.
6 February, 19.00 The Caller's Attitude - Part 2

Bruce Hamilton will lead a follow up session providing an opportunity for callers to both reflect and plan for the future.
30 January, 19.00 With Your Neighbour: What can we learn from Contra about sustaining traditional dance?

Webinar with Lisa Greenleaf, Lindsay Kennedy, Jane Curry and Andrew Findlay
16 January, 19.00 Positional Calling workshop Part 2

Led by Louise Siddons
10 January, 16.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Joanna Reiner-Wilkinson leading a virtual workshop with recorded music.
2020
19 Dec, 19.00 Positional Calling workshop Part 2

Led by Louise Siddons
6 Dec, 16.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Deo Volente: Victoria Yeomans calling, with Dave Yeomans on accordion
21 Nov, 19.00 The Caller's Attitude

Led by Bruce Hamilton. Bruce Hamilton provides an opportunity for callers to both reflect and plan for the future.
14 Nov, 19.00 Positional Calling workshop for Contra

Led by Louise Siddons
1 Nov, 16.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Bernie Culkin leading a virtual workshop with recorded music.
24 Oct, 19.00 The Chasm

A webinar with Rhianwen Davies, Ali Messer and Victoria Yeomans.

Find out more about the panelists
17 Oct, 19.00 Positional Calling workshop for ECD

Led by Louise Siddons
04 Oct, 15.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Louise Siddons calling a virtual dance workshop with recorded music.
13 Sep, 15.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Deo Volente:  Victoria Yeomans calling, Dave Yeomans on accordion.
29-Aug, 1900 Zoom Discussion between Colin Hume, Louise Siddons and Bernie Culkin

see the recording at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rml3kgQb2NU.

23 Aug, 15.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Thomas Bending leading a virtual dance workshop with recorded music.
19 Jul, 15.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Bernie Culkin calling a virtual dance workshop with recorded music.
20-Jun Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Louise Siddons calling a virtual dance workshop, with recorded music from Merry Mayhem.
9 Feb, 14.15 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Thomas Bending calling, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY.
12 Jan, 14.15 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Colin Hume calling, with music by Peter Jenkins
at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY.
2019
1 Dec, 14.15 Playford Past & Present

Andrew Swaine calling, with music by Mollie Koenigsberger
3 Nov, 14.15 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Colin Hume and Denise Devonald calling, with Peter Jenkins on accordion
at the Dance studio, Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London NW5 1UJ.
13 Oct, 14.15 Playford Past & Present

Sue Horsham dancing mistress, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
1 Sep 14.15 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Deo Volente: Victoria Yeomans calling, with Dave Yeomans on accordion
at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY.
11 Aug 14.15 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Colin Hume calling, with Peter Jenkins on accordion
at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY.
Colin taught some Playford dances, some of his own dances including the infamous "Tango in Toronto", and a Scottish dance whose debt to Playford was apparent.
14 Jul, 14.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Rhodri Davies calling, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY.
Rhodri presented early Playford dances and several of the more complex "Playford" dances now rarely done.
16 Jun, 14.15 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Robert Moir calling, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
at the Dance studio, Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London NW5 1UJ.
In this workshop for experienced dancers, Robert Moir focused on the Playford-style dances of Fried de Metz Herman.
19 May, 14.15 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Madeleine Smith calling, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
at the Dance studio, Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London NW5 1UJ.
24 Mar, 14.15 Playford Past   List of dances

Andrew Shaw calling, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
at the Dance studio, Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London NW5 1UJ.
Andrew presented a programme of early 18th century dances from the post-Playford period.
23 Mar, 19.30 Dance:  Playford Past and Present

Andrew Shaw, dancing master; Ali Messer, accordion and Mollie Koenigsberger, fiddle
Haverstock School, 24 Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm, London NW3 2BQ

Andrew Shaw finally returned to London to provide an evening of wonderful English country dances.
17 Feb, 14.15 Playford Past and Present   List of dances

Colin Hume calling, with Peter Jenkins on accordion.
at the Dance studio, Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London NW5 1UJ.
27 Jan, 14.15 Playford Past   List of dances

Sue Horsham calling, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
Sue's programme concentrated on some of the more challenging 17th and 18th century dances from the "Playford" repertoire.
2018
2 Dec, 14.15 Playford Past: Playford, Sloane and Lovelace   List of dances

Andrew Swaine calling, with music by Mollie and Ali
4 Nov, 14.15 Playford Past, Present & Future   List of dances

Colin Hume and Emma Wooders calling, with Peter Jenkins on accordion
at the Dance studio, Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London NW5 1UJ.
In addition to 17th and 18th century dances, Colin taught some of his own "Playford-style" dances.  We looked at how the music affects the dancing: different tunes, changes of pace, even changes of rhythm.
30 Sep, 14.00 Playford Past & Present: Thomas Bray and Tom Cook   List of dances

Robert Moir calling, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin and Ali Messer on accordion
At this event Antony Heywood wss presented with the EFDSS Gold Badge for his outstanding contribution to English Folk Dance.
2 Sep, 14.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Deo Volente: Victoria Yeomans calling, with Dave Yeomans on accordion
12 Aug, 14.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Sue Horsham calling, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
8 Jul, 14.00 Playford Past, Present & Future   List of dances

Colin Hume and Louise Siddons calling, with Peter Jenkins on accordion
at the Dance studio, Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London NW5 1UJ.
Colin taught three 17th and 18th century dances, and one of his own "Playford-style" dances.  Louise taught mainly dances which are popular in the States.
24 June, 14.00 Celebratory Dance   List of dances

We celebrated 100 years of women's suffrage with an afternoon of English folk dance in honour of Mary Neal, who stood at the intersection of the suffrage and the folk revival movements.
Megan Wilson calling, with music by Mollie and Ali.
at the Dance studio, Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London NW5 1UJ.
We commissioned Hazel Moir to create a new English Country Dance, to a tune by Rebecca King.
20 June, 18.00 Friends of Cecil Sharp House AGM
Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkinson's Place, Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TN.
20 May, 14.15 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Carol Hewson calling, with Ali Messer on accordion
at the Dance studio, Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London NW5 1UJ.
Carol called a programme of "Playford" dances and some of the Playford-style dances of Fried de Metz Herman.
25 Mar, 14.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Madeleine Smith calling, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
at the Dance studio, Acland Burghley School, 93 Burghley Road, London NW5 1UJ.
Madeleine called a variety of favourite "Playford" dances and traditional English village dances.
18 Feb, 14.15 Playford Past & Present: Purcell and his Contemporaries   List of dances

Graham Christian calling, with Mollie Koenigsberger on the violin
at St Paul's, Camden Square, London NW1 9XG
28 Jan, 14.15 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Colin Hume calling, with Peter Jenkins on accordion
In addition to a selection of 17th and 18th century dances, Colin presented a selection of his own "Playford-style" dances.
2017
6 Dec, 18.15 Friends of Cecil Sharp House AGM
Committee Room, Cecil Sharp House
3 Dec, 14.15 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Carol Hewson calling, with Ali Messer on accordion
In this, the last of our dances commemorating the Pat Shaw Centennial, Carol Hewson called a selection of 17th and 18th century English dances and some of Pat Shaw's Playford-style dances and interpretations.
5 Nov, 14.15 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Robert Moir calling, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
3 Sep 2.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Deo Volente: Victoria Yeomans calling, with Dave Yeomans on accordion
A workshop of "Playford" and Pat Shaw's Playford-style dances for experienced dancers
16 Jul, 2.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Sue Horsham dancing mistress, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
A workshop of "Playford" and Pat Shaw's Playford-style dances for experienced dancers
4 Jun 2.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Madeleine Smith dancing mistress, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
A workshop of "Playford" and Pat Shaw's Playford-style dances for experienced dancers
9 Apr, 2.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Robert Moir dancing master, with Ali Messer (accordion) & Jane Harrison (violin)
A workshop of "Playford" and Pat Shaw's Playford-style dances for experienced dancers
4 Mar, 7.30 Playford Past & Present Plus

Colin Hume, dancing master, with Fat Harry
A selection of "Playford" and Pat Shaw's Playford-style dances, seasoned with a twist of — well, what you'd expect from Colin Hume
12 Feb, 2.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Colin Hume dancing master, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
A workshop of "Playford" and Pat Shaw's Playford-style dances for experienced dancers
22 Jan, 2.00 Playford Past & Present   List of dances

Robert Moir dancing master, with Mollie Koenigsberger on violin
A workshop of "Playford" and Pat Shaw's Playford-style dances for experienced dancers

Workshop in Trefusis with Carol Hewson
Deo Volente
Workshop with Colin Hume
Andrew Shaw - photo by Nikki Herbst
Victoria Yeomans