What we do

Mrs Porter’s Ensemble is a four-piece dance band with a vintage flavour who perform traditional dance music and old-time tunes for ceilidhs and country dances.

We love:

  • Sing-alongs
  • Family ceilidhs
  • Country dances
  • Tea dances
  • Music hall songs
  • Comedy verses.

Mrs Porter’s Ensemble, also known as Mrs Porter’s Tea Party depending on the event, is popular with all ages and abilities including children, adults with learning disabilities and older people.

We including in our repertoire many lively ceilidh and country dances, with classic of old-time dances, a soupçon of French, the odd line dance – even a seated version of the Gay Gordon’s for those less mobile. Contact us.


The Polka dots are a song and dance  band based in Leeds. Jan organises traditional ceilidhs and barn dances for weddings and parties for all ages, including children and older people. The band comprises Roy Hardacre on melodeon, Nigel Swan on keyboard, guitar and banjo and Jan as dance caller and on clarinet and recorder. They are sometimes joined by other musicians to form a four or five piece band. Dances are often themed, ie, Scottish, Irish or American hoedown. To book the band for your event, contact Jan.


The Yorkshire Gold band, formed specifically to run themed dances, includes Heather Hazell on melodeon, Nigel Swan on guitar and keyboard, Chas Marshall on concertina and Jan Porter dance caller and clarinet.

Dances have included “Dance for England and St George”, “A Victorian Ball for the Lower Classes” and “May We Dance”, all held at Stainbeck Community Hall, Leeds. “Yorkshire Gold” events include traditional English country dancing with songs and verses from the Folk and Music Hall eras.


Swan and Porter, “for your entertainment” perform songs including folk, ’40s, ’60s and Music Hall. They have entertained in centres for older people, adults with learning disabilities and earlier this year performed war time songs as part of a ’40s day at Crawshaw School in Pudsey.


Jan has links with Yamsen a registered charity, which hosts activities at the West Park Centre Leeds, for people with special needs. She has organised events for Yamsen including a Spring Fling and Mrs Porter’s Music Hall and Concert Party. Jan has also run art groups including banner making for the Off By Heart choir.


Held at The Grove Inn, Leeds, on the third Thursday of every month from 8pm. All welcome. For more information contact Jan.


MARCH 3: Mrs Porter’s Ensemble, Knaresborough FDC
MAY 14: Mrs Porter’s Ensemble, Day of Dance & Evening Ceilidh
MAY 26: Mrs Porter’s Ensemble, Knaresborough FDC

MAY 21: French Traditional Music Session at The Grove, Leeds
MAY 22: The Polka Dots Ceilidh, York University
MAY 26: Leeds Contra, Headingley, Jan calling
MAY 29: The Polka Dots, Wedding, Copgrove
JUNE 12: Mrs Porter’s Pocket Music Hall, 7 Arts, Chapel Allerton
JUN 19: The Polka Dots,Grewelthorpe Country Dance Club
JUN 20: The Polka Dots, Epworth Music Day
JULY 3: Mrs Porter & Mr Swan, Grewelthorpe
JULY 4: The Polka Dots, American HoeDown, Fulford
JULY 23: Mrs Porters Pocket Music Hall, Aldersgate Church
AUG 29: The Polka Dots, Wedding Ceilidh, Sharow
SEPT 20: Mrs Porter’s Ensemble,7 Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds
OCT 29: Mrs Porter’s Ensemble, Knaresborough Folk Dance Club
NOV 15: Mrs Porters Ensemble, 7 Arts, Chapel Allerton