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Posted Thursday, August 1, 2013
Old English country dances
Sydney Playford Dance Group, formed in 1976, started up again on Tuesday, 3rd September 2013, after a long break.
The dance workshop will be held on the first Tuesday of each month except January - unless other things like Easter or festivals clash:
There is parking inside the centre. Hut 44 is near the far end. See Facebook page for more details.
The workshop is currently led by Julie and Alex Bishop - who met at Sydney Playford in 1978. Other callers are welcome to teach dances, as long as they can give Ralph firstname.lastname@example.org the names of the dances well beforehand, so that he can hunt down sheet music for them.
We teach the English dances first published by John Playford in 1651 in 'The English Dancing Master', as well as some later dances, eg from the Apted collection (late 18th century): including the dances done in the BBC's 'Pride and Prejudice' series.
There is live music for most of the workshops. Fiddler Ralph Pride leads a group of volunteer musicians who happily play these lovely old tunes! Alex plays flute when not needed as a dancer. Our daughter Laura Bishop played piano in the first months, until other performance commitments made life too busy.
(As the first child born to people who'd met at Playford, Laura was dubbed Laura 'Playford' Bishop by Lynette Hicks - who, with Noreen Grunseit, taught the group in its early years. Back in '78 there was always live music, with Roz Uren (now Kerr) on mandolin, Chris Kempster on guitar, and Ken Greenhalgh on flute - at the Old Elizabethan Theatre in Kings Cross.)
[Playford dances are also taught by Julie and Alex at the Wesley Mission's School for Seniors (for 55 and over), Pitt St, Sydney, on Thursdays in term time, 11.30am-1pm. And that class is followed by Margaret Swait's English Country Dance, featuring dances written more recently, in the English style.]