Film, Video The Playford Assembly: 100 Years of Country Dance & Song

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  • The Playford Assembly: 100 Years of Country Dance & Song


  • Dance historian Graham Christian discussed his new book, "The Playford Assembly," a major new collection of historic English dances published by the Country Dance and Song Society in celebration of its centennial year. Christian's talk will be enhanced by demonstrations of the dances by CDSS dancers and musicians. "The Playford Assembly" (a follow-up to the seminal 1990 collection "The Playford Ball," also published by CDSS) features 125 historical dances edited for use by contemporary dancers and dance leaders. Reflecting recent scholarship, it revives many of the older dances based on the advice of a committee convened by the author. He will discuss his selection process and the history of English country dance in England and the United States, as well as cultural aspects of the era in which the dances were created.

Event Date

  • January 30, 2016


  • -  Providing examples of English country dances for this lecture are Liz Donaldson on piano and David Knight on violin (musicians); and Caroline Barnes, Graham Christian, Mary Jones, Eric Masters, Sharon McKinley, David Roodman, David Shewmaker, Stephanie Smith, Cynthia Whear and Joanna Reiner Wilkinson (dancers).
  • -  Graham Christian is a dance historian, English dance leader, choreographer, director and musician from Amherst, Massachusetts. He holds a doctorate in 17th century English literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is also a librarian who holds a master's degree in library and information science from Simmons College. He writes the dance history column "Tell Me More" for the CDSS News, appears as a caller for English Country dances all over the U.S., and is a frequent presenter at academic conferences on the history of social dance.

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  • 1 hours 26 minutes 29 seconds

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