The Dancing Master: Beginner Playford Dance Workshop

Free entry. This event is currently fully booked. Join the waiting list via the Bodleian website.

This workshop will feature the Steph West: Harp and Song, Matthew Coatsworth and Giles Lewin. For more information, please visit the event listing on the Bodleian website.

The workshop accompanies an exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries of Playford's Dancing Masters and other gems from 17th and 18th century English country dance collections from October 2023 to January 2024.

The Dancing Master series includes dance workshops for complete beginners; concerts by Leveret and The Oakstone Trio; Chris Green's 'Switched on Playford'; and online talks.

Recordings of the online talks - 'A dance band for Playford?' and 'The Dancing Master in Context: Playford’s publishing and music-making in 17th century England' - are available on the Bodleian Podcasts website.

Dates & Locations

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

  • Sunday 5 November 2023, 12–1pm: Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (map) Sold out
  • Thursday 30 November 2023, 7–8pm: Cherwell School North Site, Marston Ferry Road (map) Sold out
  • Wednesday 6 December 2023, 7–8pm: Cherwell School North Site, Marston Ferry Road (map) Sold out
  • Saturday 13 January 2024, 3.30–4.30pm: Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (map) Sold out