Dancing in the Inns of Courts

: Appearing at the end of the 13th century and still going strong, the Inns of Court are a professional association for barristers and judges, made up of several London establishments, providing training for future lawyers and magistrates, as well as club facilities, and having disciplinary functions over its members . The four main colleges […]

Cecil Sharp and dance collecting

  In 1909, Cecil Sharp published his first book on country dancing: «Country Dance Book, part I» describing twenty dances he had collected in six counties: Devonshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Somerset. They include 4 wholeset dances, 9 longways for as many as will – duple minor set and 7 longways for as many […]

The Playfords : book craftsmen

John Playford’s family stemmed from the Norwich area, the eastern part of England. The Playfords sold and published books, in particular in the field of science and music. It was a family of good fame, with a coat of arms and links with Scotland. When his father died in 1639, the John Playford that interests […]

Si Playford m’était conté

Le terme contredanse apparaît pour la première fois dans “THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY” en 1579 et les premières références littéraires concernant ce genre de danse se trouvent dans une pièce de 1560 : MISOGONUS. Mais si les écrits des grands voyageurs de l’époque attestent le fait que la contredanse était déjà dansée à la cour […]

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