Thanks for sending this, Chris. I haven't come across the Breton quote before - is
the source online?
I don't think the current generation of English country dancers will take to dancing
steps, but subsequent ones may. The current flowing style, unpunctuated by steps, must be
very different to the original. They are both valid, just different.
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On Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 4:56:33 am AEST, Chris J Brady <chrisjbrady(a)yahoo.com>
English Dance Song - Winter 1993 p. 19
In discussing the teaching of "Playford Style," here are some quotations which
ought to be more widely known.
" ... How some would dance as though they did but walk;
And some would trip, as though they were lame,
And some would mince it like a sparrowhawk;
And some would dance, upright like any bolt;
And some would leap and skip like a youndg colt!"
Nicolas Breton. 1602
"...the strangeness and diversity of steps used by each dancer according to their
Andre Lorin, 1680s, describing the English style which he had witnessed at court, in the
towns and in the country.
“Tho' my designe is not to l'll\ design‘ is not to mark any steps in
Country Dances, being willing to leave the dancers ye liberty of composing the same as
they please ..."
Raoul Feuillet / John Essex, 1970
(Country dancing) "is become ... the favourite diversion of all t=ranks of people
from the court to the cottage in their different manners of dancing.
Kellom Tomlinson, 1720
"The figures are always the same and without any fixed steps. The whole aim of these
contre-danses is for the performers to twist and turn their bodies, to stamp their feet as
if they wore sabots, and to assume attitudes contrary to decorum."
Pierre Rameau, 1725
So -- What is, or was Playford Style?