Caller Resources

These books and other resources will help you find repertoire and develop your skills as a caller of English Country Dance. Most are available in the CDSS catalog, and others are available online. 

Resources in print

  • Notes on Teaching Country Dance, by Bruce Hamilton: this book includes useful tips on calling technique and leadership in general
  • The Playford Ball: this essential text provides a great deal of information for anyone interested in ECD. Take a look at our Playford orientation page for more details.
  • CDS Boston English Dance Collection: these books provide dance instructions to accompany the tunes recorded by Bare Necessities on their CD series of the same name. Published by CDSS and CDS Boston Centre, and available in the CDSS catalog. We recommend starting with Volume 3: Simple Pleasures, and Volume 9: Strong Roots.
  • The CDSS Catalog fetures many other books about English country dance. You can browse the ECD section of the catalog, or get in touch with us if you're looking for something specific.

Resources Online

  • Scott Higgs and Jenny Beer's Index of 550 English Country Dances, with set formation, meter, and key
  • Hugh Stewart's Database of English Country dance repertoire, searchable by dance title, author, publication and recording. Need to find a recording of the music for a given dance? Need to find dances by a certain author? This is the place to look.

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