Dance Instructions

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If you are new to English Country Dance, take time to familiarize yourself with ECD terms. Otherwise, you won’t be able to call, and even if you aren’t calling, learning them will make you a better dancer. Here are some websites I found to be particularly helpful.

Glossary of ECD words and terms

Elements and written definitions of ECD
Don’t be overwhelmed- you don’t have to learn all those terms right away! Most dances use a basic staple of simple figures that are used over and over.


Listed alphabetically on the right sidebar are all the written instructions for most of the dances we do at our monthly events. Some of them have accompanying videos that we produced and added to help newcomers. Watching recordings is a great way to learn ECD. While I strive to always be adding new videos to the written instructions, it’s a big job to create instruction-worthy videos. Here are some other sites that are good video resources:

The Dance Video Archives

Fain Music’s collection of dance figures

Animated, view-from-the-top figures

ECD Video List



Other sites with written instructions for specific dances:

Dafydd’s Playford Index

The Round: Dance Archives Index

Playford Dance Instructions

Estienne’s Country Dance Book