Dance Instructions

For those that would like to continue to try some ECD while keeping “safe”, here are some dances skillfully created and generously shared for such a time as this: Some are for one, some are for more dancers, for those with partners at home.

Now, in this time of CORVID-19, we try – No-hand dances for small groups!
(Wear face masks! For now no hand holds, very small groups)

Above you may view and browse the 1709 publication of The Dancing Master.

pre-Playford Lovelace Manuscript (1647)
Dafydd’s Collection of The Lovelace/Church pre-Playford English Country Dances.
The Dancing Master, 1651-1728: An Illustrated Compendium
Playford’s Dancing Master: The Compleat Dance GuideExhaustive compilation & index
John Walsh 1740: The Compleat Country Dancing Master. 4th Edition.
Thomas Wilson 1815: “The complete system of English country dancing”
Hugh Stewart’s index of country dances and where they are published.
Ottawa ECDC Dance Instruction Index.
CDSS online library.
The Charles Bolton Collection.
The Ken Sheffield Collection.
The Country Dance Book by Cecil Sharp.
Pat Shaw Collections.
Colin Hume’s Dance Information, Dance Instructions.
Dances by David Smukler
Michael Barraclough.
Sharon Green’s Dances.
Four Books of Dances by Ian Whitehead
Some dances by Tom Siess: pdf
English Country Dance In Canada 2017, “Sea To Sea”
Antony Heywood’s Country Dance Database contains more than 17200 entries
Database of dance instructions for tunes in The Barnes Book, Volume Three
Nick Enge’s Vintage Dance Manuals.
The Colonial Music Institute’s Resources.
Dances by Bob Olson

Our Callers’ dance instructions index. (381)