Cambridge University English Country Dance Club
English Country Dancing offers a wide variety of dances, from lively and energetic to smooth and graceful, set to wonderful tunes from a wide range of composers from Trad through Purcell and Handel and Mozart to many modern composers writing specifically for dancing. Some dances are easy, others are more of a challenge, but they are all taught and called, so you don’t need to have any previous experience of the form. All are welcome to join us; you don’t need to come with a partner, and we usually change partners for each dance anyway. Note that this is social dancing, quite different from display styles such as Morris.
The Weekly Round meets every Thursday in Full Term, 8.00–10.00 p.m., in the Wesley Church Hall, King Street.
Your first two visits to the weekly Round are free, and you get a free session whenever you bring a friend who hasn’t been before.
The Lent Term weekly meetings will continue until Thursday, 12th March. See the Diary page for details of other events.
The Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival will be at Nottingham on the weekend Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March. This is the country’s big annual student folk dance festival, a frenzy of ceilidhs, workshops, dances, displays, sessions, more ceilidhs and late-night merriment. Don’t miss it. Consult Sally Vernon if you need or can provide shared transport.
The last weekly meeting of the Lent Term will be the Round party on Thursday, 12th March, with live music from our regular band. It’s your opportunity to ask for dances that you’d like to do again, but we need notice of your requests in advance. Go to this Google spreadsheet to suggest dances that you’d like to do or to volunteer to call some of the dances. This term’s dances are all listed on the dance history page.
|About the Round
Diary of events
The Big Round Band
The Playford Ball
The Punt Party
The Summer Round
The Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival
Maps to meetings and events
Mailing lists you should be on
Links to further information
Our etiquette guide
Core repertoire of dances
Hugh’s history of the Round
Dance history of dances called at the weekly Round
The Old Round, History of London Pride
Web site credits
Dance and music resources
|Index of resources on this site
What are Playford dances? Includes a Playford family tree
Elements of English Country Dance (comprehensive explanation of Country Dance terminology)
Dancing well is more fun
A definitive answer about Siding
Notes on Calling
The Perfect Caller
Palmer’s Pocket Playford (an aide-memoire of common Playford dances)
Kentucky Running Set (as danced by the Round)
The Country Dance Book (original Cecil Sharp publications which started all of this)
The Round Band Book of Playford (music to Palmer’s Pocket Playford)
FAQs for schoolteachers
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