Here are a selection of ten simple English dances that we recommend for beginning callers and/or beginning dancers.

These dances cover a range of basic figures in ECD, and they are all published in The Playford Ball. Recorded music for all of these dances is available on the CDS Boston Centre English Country Dance Collection CDs in the CDSS online store. the Claremont Country Dance Band's cassette "Juice of Barley;" or Marshall Barron and Phil Merrill's cassette "By Popular Demand". Dance instructions are available on this page as well as in the Playford Ball. Written music for the tunes to accompany these dances is available in The Playford Ball or in the Barnes Book of English Dance Tunes, Volume 1.

INTRODUCTION

Whether you are a beginning English dancer, an aspiring ECD caller, or a musician new to playing for English dance, this selection of repertoire provides a good place to start. Before you dig in to these dances, read about How to call ECD and/or How to Play for ECD. If you need help understanding a part of the dance or if one of the figures doesn't make sense to you, look for help in the Playford Ball or in Hugh Stewart's descriptions of ECD figures. Good luck!

OVERVIEW

Here's the list, with dance title, the formation of the dancers, the meter and key signature for the music, and where you can find recorded music. Click on the link provided or on the Dance Instructions to view a higher quality, printer-friendly PDF version.

 

TitleFormationMeterKeyCD/Cassette/Book 
Black Nag 3 couple set 6/8 Dm By Popular Demand
Childgrove longways duple improper 2/2 Dm CDS Vol 12
or Juice of Barley
Draper's Maggot longways triple minor 3/4 G By Popular Demand
Duke of Kent's Waltz longways duple 3/4 G CDS Vol 12
or Juice of Barley
Geud Man of Ballangigh longways duple 6/8 G CDS Vol 12
or By Popular Demand
Hit and Miss 2 couple set 6/8 Em CDS Vol 12
Hole in the Wall longways duple 3/2 Bb CDS 3: Simple Pleasures
Indian Queen longways duple 2/2 D CDS Vol 12
or Juice of Barley
Knole Park longways duple 2/4 D Juice of Barley
Sellenger's Round round for as many as will 6/8 G By Popular Demand

 

BLACK NAG

Formation: 3 couple set
Meter: 6/8
Key: Dm
Music available in: Barnes Vol 1 pg. 13

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black nag

 

CHILDGROVE

Formation: longways duple improper
Meter: 2/2
Key: Dm
Music available in: Barnes Vol 1 pg. 20

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childgrove

 

DRAPER'S MAGGOT

Formation: longways triple minor
Meter: 3/4
Key: G
Music available in: Barnes Vol 1 pg. 30

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drapers maggot

 

DUKE OF KENT'S WALTZ

Formation: longways duple
Meter: 3/4
Key: G
Music available in: Barnes Vol 1 pg. 32

PDF Version

duke of kents

 

THE GEUD MAN OF BLLANGIGH

Formation: longways duple
Meter: 6/8
Key: G
Music available in: Barnes Vol 1 pg. 43

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geud man of ballangigh

 

HIT AND MISS

Formation: 2 couple set
Meter: 6/8
Key: Em
Music available in: Barnes Vol 1 pg. 51

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hit and miss

 

THE HOLE IN THE WALL

Formation: longways duple
Meter: 3/2
Key: Bb
Music available in: Barnes Vol 1 pg. 52

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hole in the wall

 

INDIAN QUEEN

Formation: longways duple
Meter: 2/2
Key: D
Music available in: Barnes Vol 1 pg. 57

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indian queen

 

KNOLE PARK

Formation: longways duple
Meter: 2/4
Key: D
Music available in: Barnes Vol 1 pg. 65

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knole park

 

SELLENGER'S ROUND

Formation: round for as many as will
Meter: 6/8
Key: G
Music available in: Barnes Vol 1 pg. 116

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sellengers

 

     
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