CD*NY Playford Ball 2019

The 2019 Country Dance*New York Playford Ball will be held on Saturday, April 6.

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Ball Finery

Tom Amessé and Elizabeth Freedman, our Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, have crafted a program of classics from the past three centuries. A list of these dances, including links to videos of some of them, can be viewed below.

The quartet of Daniel Beerbohm (woodwinds), Barbara Greenberg (fiddle), Naomi Morse (fiddle) and Chip Prince (piano) will provide music during the evening, while Robin Russell (piano) will play for our afternoon walk-through.






For the fourth consecutive year, the Ball will be held at Good-Shepherd Faith Presbyterian Church, on New York’s Upper West Side:

The afternoon review session runs 2:00-4:00 PM, followed by a break for dinner. The Ball starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 11:00 PM.

Restaurant list here — Remember to include our out of town friends for dinner.

Advance registration — using this flier  — is required. Admission is $40 per dancer (or $22 for full-time students). If you regularly participate in and enjoy the Ball, please consider making a contribution to the Playford Ball Fund. Registration charges don’t cover the total expense of the Ball.

If you have questions, please contact this year’s Ball Chair, Helen White:

This year, we will have six preparatory sessions for nearby dancers to learn the Ball repertoire: Four Tuesdays (March 12 through April 2, 7:00-10:00 PM) and two Fridays (March 15 & 29, 7:30-10:30 PM). These sessions will be held at the CD*NY’s regular venue: Church of the Village, 201 West 13th Street, New York, NY.  See below for a schedule of dances to be taught at each evening session.

Dance instructions can be downloaded here.

Videos of dances

Barbarini’s Tambourine
Dick’s Maggot
The Installation
Kelsterne Gardens
The King’s Maggot
Margaret’s Waltz
Mary K
Patrick’s Waltz
Patrick’s Waltz (instructional)
The Pursuit 
Queen of Sheba 
Rosamond’s Pond
Songs of the Harpist
Sun Assembly 
Well Hall


Music for this year’s Ball is available for download for $10.

Teaching Schedule

* = 2019 Playford Ball Dance

Friday March 15

*Kelsterne Gardens
*Queen of Sheba
*Rosamond’s Pond
*Patrick’s Waltz
*The Pursuit 


*Mary K
*Dick’s Maggot
*Barbarini’s Tambourine

Tuesday March 19

~~Experienced session~~

Mount Hills
*Songs of the Harpist
*Queen of Sheba

~~For all~~

Take A Dance
*Well Hall
Astonished Archeologist
*Dick’s Maggot


*Rosamond’s Pond
Dancing Wife
Comical Fellow
Mad Robin

Tuesday March 26

~~Experienced session~~

Mr. Ganiford’s Delight
Patrick’s Waltz (Callens) *
Installation *

~~Dancing for All~~

Bluebonnets *
Margaret’s Waltz *
Terpsicourante (Roodman) *
Red House
Dick’s Maggot *


King’s Maggot *
Mary K (Roodman) *
Bellamira *
Barbarini’s Tambourine *

Friday, March 29

Songs of the Harpist
Queen of Sheba


Patrick’s Waltz
King’s Maggot
Well Hall

Tuesday April 2

Barbarini’s Tambourine*
Patrick’s Waltz*
Mary K*
Rosemond’s Pond*
King’s Maggot*
Songs of the Harpist*


Well Hall*
Queen of Sheba*