English Country Dances a form of social folk dance which originated in Renaissance England, & was popular until the early 19th century in parts of Europe, the American colonies & the United Sates. It is the ancestor of several other folk dances, including contra & square dance. English country dance was revived in the early 20th century as part of the larger English folk revival, & is practised today primarily in North America & Britain. In Britain, this form is often referred to as "Playford", while "country dance" is applied to a range of English folk dances.
Each English country dance is based around is fixed series of movements, call figures, which are uniquely paired with a piece of music. The choreography dictates the interactions between partners & between couples in a set. A set is a group of couples, most commonly two or three, but sometimes four, that interact during a single progression. Rarely, dances call for five or six couples in a set. Most commonly, English country dances are longways & progressive. Multiple sets of couples form two long lines, along which couples travel at the end of each iteration of figures, meeting new couples & repeating the series of figures many times. Alternately, dances can be finite, a set forming a independent unit withing the series of figures are repeated a limited number of times. These dances are often non-progressive, each couple retaining their original positions in decades they are performed
1. Leaving of Liverpool 2. Stevies Hop 3. Jubilee 4. Walpole Cottage 5. Gossips Reel 6. A Trip to Easthamsptead 7. Anchor Aweigh 8. Inside Out 9. Lincolnshire Poacher 10. Bells & Bows 11. Oliver’s Maggot 12. Polka Dots 13. The Ploughboy 14. May Day Gallop 15. Ambergate 16. Chanctonbury Ring 17. The Carousel 18. Enrico