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Upcoming English Country Dance Events

Save the date:
February Experienced ECD Weekend - Celebrating Pat Shaw's Centenary: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Playford pre-ball workshops: February 5, 11, 26, 2017
Playford Ball: Saturday, March 4, 2017



CDS Boston Centre celebrates the Pat Shaw Centenary Year
Afternoon Experienced Workshop and Evening Celebration English Dance
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA
Music by Alchemy: Karen Axelrod, Rachel Bell, and Eric Martin

Pat Shaw
Afternoon Experienced English Dance Workshop
2:00 - 5:00 pm
$15 members, $17 nonmembers
Advance registration is required. Afternoon workshop attendance is limited. Registrants will be notified by e-mail regarding acceptance.

Evening Celebration English Dance
7:00 - 10:30 pm
$15 members, $17 nonmembers
Open to all dancers with a basic understanding of English Country Dancing. Preregistration is not required; admission may be paid at the door.

For more information, contact < registrar at cds-boston dot org >
download the flyer and registration form (.pdf file)

For more information on the Pat Shaw Centenary, see the Pat Shaw Legacy Group's website at



The 37th Annual Boston Playford Ball
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Nevins Hall, Memorial Building
150 Concord Street, Framingham, MA
7:30 to 11:30 pm

Barbara Finney, Mistress of Ceremonies
Music by members of Bare Necessities: Kate Barnes, Mary Lea, Jacqueline Schwab, with Eric Martin

Playford Ball afternoon workshop: 1:30-4:30pm at Nevins Hall, Framingham
Miriam Newman and Christine Robb leading, with Jean Monroe on piano and Rebecca McCallum on fiddle.

$45 for members of CDS Boston Centre ($50 after February 11, 2017)
$50 for non-members ($55 after February 11, 2017)
$30 for dancers under 25 years old and dancers with limited income

Pre-Ball Workshops (note different times for each workshop):

Sunday, February 5th, 2017 1:00-4:00pm at Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA
Miriam Newman leading with Jean Monroe on piano and Catherine Miller on fiddle
Saturday, February 11th, 2017 1:30-4:30pm at PACC, Arlington Heights, MA
Barbara Finney leading with Kate Barnes on piano
Sunday, February 26th, 2017 2:00-5:00pm at PACC, Arlington Heights, MA
Christine Robb leading with Jacqueline Schwab on piano
Admission for each pre-ball workshop: $7 for those registered for the ball; $9 for non-registrants

download the registration form (.pdf file)
download the flyer (.pdf file, legal-sized)

Directions to Nevins Hall in Framingham (.pdf file)
Map to Nevins Hall from Exit 13 (.pdf file) or directly from Google maps
2016 Registrar's list of nearby restaurants (.pdf file)
2016 map of nearby restaurants (large .pdf file)

Program: Ani's Waltz, Autumn Moon, Bare Necessities, Cherries and Chocolates, Cobbler's Hornpipe*, De'il Take the Wars, Gold for the Mahieus, Joy After Sorrow*, Leather Lake House, The Lover's Farewell*, The Lover's Knot, Miss de Jersey's Memorial, Mount Hills, Mrs. Savage's Whim, The Ragg, Round About Our Coal Fire, Scotch Cap*, The Severn Bore, The Treasure of the Big Woods, Unrequited Love, The Young Widow

(Dances marked with an * will not be talked through at the evening ball.)

Some videos for the dances, for those who might wish to view them. (The videos aren't necessarily the exact version of the dances that we'll be doing.)
Ani's Waltz, Autumn Moon, Bare Necessities
Cherries and Chocolates, Cobbler's Hornpipe, De'il Take the Wars
Gold for the Mahieus, Joy After Sorrow, Leather Lake House
The Lover's Farewell, The Lover's Knot, Miss de Jersey's Memorial
Mount Hills, Mrs. Savage's Whim, The Ragg
Round About Our Coal Fire, Scotch Cap, The Severn Bore
The Treasure of the Big Woods, Unrequited Love, The Young Widow

Past English Country Dance Events


Veronica's Attic

is open by appointment! Call or e-mail to see what's she got to outfit you for dancing.

What's in the attic? Formal wear for men and women (tux jackets $25; tailcoats max $100; gowns $20), jewellery, accessories, summer dancing clothes, and many other good things are available, including Scottish dance items for ESSers.

More details.


Upcoming American Dance Events

Second Saturday dances at the Concord Scout House are on hiatus

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