The Playford Ball

Dancers advance in line to the music of 'Dampiers Round' - click to enlarge

Dancers advance in line to the music of 'Dampiers Round'

The English Dancing Master 1st Edition, by John Playford - click to enlarge

The English Dancing Master 1st Edition, by John Playford

We are indebted to Freda who has organised and run the Norwich Assembly for many years and for which we thank her. November 2015 was her last 'Ball' as she has decided to retire and asked Norwich Historical Dance to take over the running of the Ball which we are most delighted to do.

It is fitting to hold a Playford Ball in the Norwich Assembly House with all its historical associations, for John Playford, a Norfolk man, was a significant and important figure in the promotion of dancing with the collection of dances and their accompanying music which he published from 1651. Several editions followed until c1728. His work helped to keep these dances alive down the centuries to the present day.

Download the Playford Ball flyer (front page) for 2019.
Download the Playford Ball flyer (back page) for 2019.

Playford Dance Flyer 2019 To reserve Tickets please send payment in full at £15.00 per person. Cheques should be made payable to 'Norwich Historical Dance (no.2 Account)' and sent to Anne Giles at the address below. Please provide full postal address and telephone number (or e.mail address) and tickets will be sent to you.

Arrangements can also be made for tickets to be collected on the door. However payment must be made in advance. Returns will be made on a discretionary basis only.

11 Causeway Close, Norwich, NR2 4UP
Telephone: 01603 612087

Ball goers are requested to dress in period or evening attire. There will be a 30 minute interval and a bar will be available through the evening, serving tea, coffee and soft drinks as well as something a little stronger.

Assembly House directions and information: http://www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk/contact/
General information on Norwich: http://www.visitnorwich.co.uk/ (Norwich Historical Dance is not responsible for the content of external sites).

View additional photos (External link) from the Norwich Playford Ball 2017.