What are the routes of English Country Dancing and how easy is it to do today?
The routes of English Country Dancing
Pepys and country dancing
Pepys himself was not a proficient dancer and had never really tried dancing until 1661 when he was invited to join a dance at a friend’s party. At this time, the middle classes of England would go to a ball once or twice a week; this was an excellent opportunity to show off their sophisticated dance routines so it was important to be a competent dancer. Pepys soon realised that he should learn more and later decided that his wife should learn too. He hired dancing teachers Mary Ashwell and Mr Pembleton to come to his home but became suspicious that his wife had taken a liking to her male teacher and the lessons therefore came to a close!
Playford dancing today
Playford dance workshops at Pepys Show Late: Party like it’s 1669