In 1650/51, John Playford published The English Dancing Master, containing instructions for country dances. Subsequent editions and supplements were published under the name The Dancing Master by John and Henry Playford, and John Young until c.1728.

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The British Library: John Playford - From Country Dance to Contradanse
Virtual exhibition covering Playford's publications and influence, illustrated with items from the Library's collection.
Dafydd's Collection of Playford's English Country Dances
Reconstructions of a selection of dances, mainly from the first edition.
The Dancing Master, 1651-1728: An Illustrated Compendium
Coded figures, facsimiles and other data for all of the 1,053 known dances published in various editions of Playford. Also includes some background information.
The English Dancing Master by John Playford 1651
The complete text of the first edition. Includes links to some of the music.
Estienne's Country Dance Book
Descriptions of steps, and reconstructions of selected dances.
Merri Pryanksters
Information about rehearsals in California, plus descriptions of the dances from the first edition of Playford, with abbreviations expanded and spellings modernized.
Nicolas Broadbridge
Caller, teacher, musician and researcher based in Scotland. Information about dance groups in Edinburgh and Glasgow, music groups, and books and CDs for sale.
The Strafford Ball
Annual Playford-style ball in Strafford, Vermont. Includes dance instructions for previous and upcoming balls.
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