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Wonderful information. I have been used to obtaining individual dance notation from Cecil Sharp House, but this is just great. AH

thanks for the wonderful place to visit. As a fiddler, I will find this place most interesting. History and the lot. P

As an english country dancer and dance historian I am delighted to see the works of Playford on-line. I am curious though, as to whether or not you are aware of the work of Dr.Patri Pugliese. I believe that he created a similar database a few years ago. (Though I am not sure whether or not it was ever published.) Though I believe his database simply identified all of the dances, which volume they were published in, which were duplicated, and what types of figures were involved in each dance. M C

I recommended your site to our resident dance-professor, and he was mightily-impressed. L P

What a valuable and useful online resource Mr. Keller's illustrated compendium appears to be! Many thanks. R M

Great contribution! M G M

Congratulations on a wonderful project ! P K

A much appreciated resource keep up the good work! P D

Kudos on your extensive and thorough accomplishment. W D

A friend recommended your website, and I just wanted to let you know that it's a wonderful resource. I am writing a dissertation on theatrical performance and conceptions of identity in Renaissance England, and I have a chapter focusing on moments in plays when what is actually presented onstage and what those actions signify within the represented fiction of the play come together. I'm looking at music, dance, clowning, wrestling, processions, etc., so my "dance interest" might best be described as "onstage dances (including stage jigs)." Good luck with your project, and do keep me posted about any developments. E L

Very excited about this development. Keep me posted. S J

My interest is in Scottish Dancing, and last night we danced our version of the Guidman of Balangigh - it was interesting to look up the original on your site this morning! M L B

My interests are wider than English country dancing but none of your categories really fits. Never mind! The main thing is high have to say is congratulations on having done this useful project. A M

A wonderful addition to the Knowledge base. Thank you for doing it R M

Heartily agree with the comments already made. G & W K

A wonderful addition to the Knowledge base. Thank you for doing it R M

Thanks for doing this on the internet. I look forward to exploring it. A H

It is wonderful to have all this valuable information in one place. You have saved a lot of people (and a lot of librarians) a lot of work! Thank you. M W

Main interest in this context is ECD, but I also do and sometimes call American country dancing and other folk dancing. Very nice job, and a site worth its weight in gold. Thanks! P S

This is fabulous!! Thank you Bob. K B

Wow! Great job, Bob! This promises to be extremely helpful. E A

This is a wonderful effort by CDSS. I've been a member for years but had no idea we were making this effort to put Playford online. The collection is a wonderful companion to the huge digital collection of dancing manuals at the Library of Congress - "An American Ballroom Companion" - see http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/dihome.html I was surprised that the LC collection does not contain any of the Playford editions, since it does include other European texts. It includes several resources well-known to English Country dancers, including Tomlinson, Kellom; The art of dancing explained by reading and figures; whereby the manner of performing the steps is made easy by a new and familiar method: being the original work, first design'd in the year 1724, and now published by Kellom Tomlinson, dancing-master ..; London, Printed for the author, 1735. Feuillet, Raoul-Auger, 1659 or 60-1710.; For the furthur improvement of dancing, A treatis of chorography, or, Ye art of dancing country dances after a new character : in which the figures, steps & manner of performing are describ'd & ye rules demonstrated in an easie method adapted to the meanest capacity / translated from the French of Monsr Feuillet, and improv'd wth. many additions, all fairly engrav'd on copperplates, and a new collection of country dances describ'd in ye same character by Iohn Essex, dancing master; London : Sold by I. Walsh & P. Randall ... I. Hare ... I. Culen ... & by ye author ..., 1710 and many other texts by Feuillet. J M

Bob, I spent a few minutes last night looking at your project and I like it. M M

As a dancer and dance historian, I'm impressed and fascinated by this! But my foremost interest in it lies in the data, and in your encoding system. As a linguistics major at Swarthmore College, my thesis was an analysis of how dancers think about dance, and how they determine for themselves what makes a dance "well-formed" or "badly-formed". I devised a similar, but not nearly so thorough, encoding system in the course of my research and writing. Should I have time to revise and expand my work, I would love to adapt to and use your system. W Q

Congratulations on finishing this massive work in such great form! Well done! A B

Congratulations! What resource this will be... G M

Wonderful - you have beaten me to it, although I have a different coding system (mine is designed to help analyse the development). I surprised not to seee any reference to Tom Cook's work - was your work completely independent or is this an oversight. M B

Congratulations! Well done. I'm glad to see the finished site after seeing the demo at the Dancing in the Millennium conference this summer. L L