Playford Dancing for Beginners


Playford Dancing for Beginners

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 Saturday 13 January 2024, 3.30–4.30pm

  At the Weston Library

  Free, booking essential

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About the workshops

Learn the English country dances featured in Playford’s 1651 collection, The Dancing Master, and used in modern film and television including Bridgerton, Pride and Prejudice and Poldark

These workshops are designed for those with no experience of Playford dances and are suitable for complete beginners. Caller Steph West will lead dancers through the steps, accompanied by musicians Matthew Coatsworth and Giles Lewin.

Bring your new expertise to The Dancing Master's Ball on Saturday 13 January 2024.

Please wear appropriate non-slip footwear (soft sole shoes or trainers) for dancing.

Dates & locations

The workshops take place on the following dates. The dance content is the same for each workshop.

  • Saturday 13 January 2024, 3.30–4.30pm: Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (mapSold out

Parking is available at Cherwell School North Site.


Book your tickets via Eventbrite. There are 24 spaces for each workshop. You'll receive an automated confirmation when your booking is complete.

 About the performers

Steph West is a musician, educator and caller, best known as a harpist and for her ability to build confidence and enjoyment for beginners. Steph’s current projects include an electroharp, drums and voice duo with Paul Rademeyer, the English Harp Project with Matthew Coatsworth and accordionist Tom Evans, and work with RNS Moves as a performer and composer.

Giles Lewin specialises in medieval music and the traditional music of Europe and the Middle East. He has played with The Carnival Band, June Tabor, Maddy Prior, Bellowhead and the Dufay Collective amongst many others. His album Time’s Chariot focused on music from Playford’s Dancing Master.

Matthew Coatsworth is curating The Dancing Master display at the Bodleian Libraries. A former member of Boldwood, he plays with The Warleggan Village Band, First Folio and with Steph West’s English Harp Project.


The Weston Library and Cherwell School are wheelchair-accessible.


The Bodleian Libraries Learning Programme is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust:

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