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An English Country Dance in Strafford*, Vermont, USA


The Strafford Ball is held the first Saturday in October of each year, usually in S. Strafford VT.
*Sometimes (2006, 2007, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2023, 2028, 2029) this is also Columbus day weekend;
then the ball is typically held in Fairlee VT.

The Twenty-Fifth Annual Strafford Ball
October 5, 2019

music by Norwich Assembly:
Thal Aylward (violin, viola),
Rachel Clark (flute and accordion),
Carol Compton (keyboards), and
Chris Rua (recorders and oboe)

with calling by Scott Higgs

Barrett Hall, S. Strafford, VT

Enjoy a wonderful evening of best-beloved Playford style dances in a charming Vermont village hall during the height of Autumn color. Then, if you like, socialize with other ball dancers at a country brunch and take in the fall foliage with a Vermont walk or a New Hampshire mountain hike on Sunday.

Please contact, if you have questions.

REGISTRATION & Information:

e-Flyers go out in April. A lottery will be held on August 5, if needed due to limited space.



Admission lottery (if necessary): August 5


Dance classes (optional)
The ball dances will be taught in four sessions prior to ball:

  • TIME: 7-9PM
  • DATES:
    • Thursday 9/12 7-9PM
    • Tuesday 9/17 7-9PM
    • Thursday 9/26 7-9PM
    • Tuesday 10/1 7-9PM
  • Callers: Chris Levey and David Millstone
  • Music: Local musicians led by Carol Compton
  • Location: Marion Cross School Multipurpose Room, Norwich VT. [SUBJECT TO LAST MINUTE CHANGE-check back here or look for sign on the door for a nearby location]

    Directions to Marion Cross School: From I-91 exit 13 go toward Norwich and continue on Main Street into town; Marion Cross School will be on your right looking across the Norwich Green (you can turn right just past the Gazebo for parking). A potential alternative location is Tracy Hall: it is just across the street from Marion Cross, next to the white church. A second potential alternative location is the Grange; to get there, stay on Main Street past the school, past Tracy Hall on your right and Dan & Whit's and the Norwich Inn your left. The Grange is across the street about three houses down from the Inn. It is a gray building with a porch on the front.

  • Please wear clean soft soled shoes
  • Free to ball registrants and to any others with an interest in learning some of the fine points of the dances on the ball program. Donations for out of town musicians are accepted.

October - The Ball Weekend

Saturday afternoon review session:

  • Saturday, 1-4pm
  • Caller: Chris Levey
  • Music by :
    • Aaron Marcus (keyboards, concertina) who played for our 2013 ball afternoon dance and
    • Alex Kehler (fiddle, nyckelharpa, latmandola), a wonderful folk musician who is newer to ECD scene

  • Location: Barrett Hall , South Strafford, VT
Saturday Dinner 5:30PM: will be catered in the hall. There are few restaurants nearby, so we encourage you to sign up for this. You are also welcome to to bring your own dinner and eat at the hall with us. There is a link to a list of alternative restaurants below.

The Strafford Ball

  • Saturday, 7:30 - 11:30pm
  • Caller: Scott Higgs
  • Musicians: Bare Necessities
Sunday Country Brunch
  • Sunday, 9AM-Noon
  • Location: Heuboden Farm (Chris and Barbara's house - map sent with acceptance packet), Thetford, VT
  • No charge to ball registrants, no need to bring food.
Sunday Country Walks and Hikes
  • In the late morning on Sunday, we will lead short country walks around nearby meadows and woods.
  • As in the past, we may also lead a mountain hike and/or a longer country walk for those who would like to spend time Sunday afternoon enjoying the fall foliage.

Local Lodging and Restaurants

A list of lodging possibilities, including the option of staying with local dancers will be sent with your acceptance letter.
Nearby Dartmouth College also maintains a list of local lodging and dining options which you may find helpful.

Previous Years Strafford Balls: Related Links
For more information about English Country Dancing, visit the Country Dance and Song Society of America web site.
For listings of New England folk daces, see the Dance Gypsy.

Short URL for this Strafford Ball site:
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