Culver City English Country Dance proudly hosts our Playford-to-the-Present English Country Dance Ball every year on the first Saturday in October. It often takes place at the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena. The ball is geared toward experienced dancers, so there is no teaching at the ball, though dances will have a walk-through and light prompting. Join us for several practice sessions beforehand, and come to our regular CCECD dances for practice and special dance reviews leading up to the ball. Attendees dress in period or formal attire.
Our 16th Annual Playford-to-the-Present English Country Dance Ball was on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the Pasadena Scottish Rite Cathedral. We’re extremely pleased to have had Brad Foster as our Dance Master this year, along with an ensemble of talented musicians known as StringFire: James MacQueen, Annie Rodier, Patti Cobb, and Erik Ievins. The event was another smashing success, and photos and the program can be seen here.
Did you miss it? Be sure to join us this year! Our 17th Annual Playford-to-the-Present English Country Dance Ball will be on Saturday, October 7, 2017, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Pasadena Scottish Rite Cathedral, with Dance Master Graham Christian of Pelham, Mass., and live music from Offbeats: Ashley Broder (mandolin), Ben Schreiber (violin), Jeffrey Spero (piano), and Bonnie Insull (flute). Look for the registration flyer and more information for our Playford-to-the-Present balls on the Playford page of the California Dance Co-op website. Register today!
The best way to practice for the ball is to regularly attend the bi-weekly dances. Many of the dances on the ball program will be done in the dances leading up to the ball. In addition, there will be 45-minute review sessions for complex and unfamiliar dances on the October 7 program following the regular dances in August and September. The reviews are free of charge and will use recorded music.
Visit the following pages for pictures from our past Playford-to-the-Present balls.