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Historial Dance Groups in the UK
Consort de Danse Baroque
Based in Cardiff, classes in many parts of Britain.
www.ukbaroquedance.com DHDS - The Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society
www.dhds.org.uk Danse Ecosse
Historical dance group specialising in the performance of 15th and 16th century dances. Based in Inverness, performs at events throughout Scotland, and holds workshops and education sessions.
www.danse-ecosse.co.uk The Early Dance Circle
Bedford Early Dance and Music
The Capriol Dancers
Performing group drawn from The Capriol Society.
Contact: Enquiries about possible performances to Elizabeth Russell (01223 240698).
The Capriol Society (Cambridge)
Regular classes, mainly 14th-17th centuries.
Contact: Enquiries to Dieter Benziger (01223 527763)
Renaissance Historical Dance Society
Medieval, Stuart, Regency as well as Elizabethan Dance. We have also expanded our activities to include archery, Tudor medicine, baby swaddling, Masked Parades and Elizabethan Needlecraft. In addition we are now able to offer a selection of period tents and banners to bring added ambiance to our performance venues.
Contact: Carol Walters (Secretary) Telephone/Fax: 01752 404939
Coranto Early Dance and Music
Performances and classes in Dorset and the South West.
Danse Royale. Classes and performing group.
Contact: Jackie Marshall-Ward (01206 574913 or 01245 252555)
The Villeins Dance Company
This group meets every Monday 7pm-9pm at Bourne Mill, Colchester to recreate dances from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.
Basingstoke Early Dance
www.hants.gov.uk/basdance Hampshire Regency Dancers
A dance group based in Winchester to promote, practice and enjoy the dances from the late Georgian to the Regency period (about 1775-1830), when Jane Austen was writing her famous novels.
Hertfordshire Early Dance
A club for dancers and musicians, meeting one Sunday a month in St Albans.
Contact: Jan or Derek Guyatt - Tel. 01442 862545.
Capriole and A Companye of Strangers
Based in Barham, nr Canterbury.
Contact: Alison Thornley, Hunsdon House, Kingsnorth Road, ASHFORD, Kent, TN23 6LX, Tel: 01233 620065
Contact: Alison Ede tel: 01322 553094
Leicestershire Historical Dance Group
A group for study, practice and display of historical dance Particularly 19th Century.
Horncastle Regency Festival and Regency Ball
Annual event in a Georgian town on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds
Contretemps and Chalemie
Performances (national and international) and classes in baroque dance.
Contact: Barbara Segal - Tel: 020 7700 4293 (
www.baroquedance.co.uk Quadrille Club
Usually meets on the third Sunday of every month, except August, but check the web site to confirm dates.
Contact: Chris and Ellis Rogers (01689 600768)
www.quadrilles.co.uk The Covent Garden Minuet Company
London-based group performing the social dances of the late 18th century, especially the minuet.
Regency Dance (North West)
Meets twice a month to dance regency style dances on a Tuesday at George Carnall Leisure Centre, Urmston, Manchester.
Norwich Early Dance
Oxford Historical Dance Society
he group arrange day courses which are taken by guest tutors and cover dances from the Italian Renaissance up to the early 20th century. Workshops are held in Headington Oxford 6 times a year and are suitable for beginners and experienced dancers.
Contact: Kathy Chapman (01865 250093)
Weekly classes in Ketton
Contact: Maggie Roberts (01780 482635)
Jane Austen Dancers, Bath
A friendly Regency dance group based in Bath and Bradford on Avon to promote, practise and enjoy the dances spanning Jane Austen's lifetime (about 1775-1820).
The Regency Assembly
The Regency Assembly was founded in the Autumn of 2005 to understand and perform dances popular around the Regency Period. Dance classes are held fortnightly in Lichfield.
Salisbury Early Dance
Meet once a month on a Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. to study and enjoy English and Italian dances of the 15th and 16th centuries, and English country dances from the 17th century through the 18th and even the 20th!.
Contact: Diana Cruickshank (01980 620339)
Performance group drawn from White Rose Early Dance.
Contact: Enquiries about possible performances to Ann and Paul Kent (01484 663842)
Regular classes,the first Sunday of each month, 15th - 18th centuries.
Contact: Enquiries to Ann and Paul Kent (01484 663842)
Historical Dance Sites Outside UK
Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy
Performance and teaching of historical dance - Renaissance, Baroque, Regency and Victorian dance styles. Regular dance classes and monthly balls in Canberra, Australia
www.earthlydelights.com.au Rippon Lea Renaissance Dancers
Iinformation on renaissance dance classes, performances and related activities conducted by the Early Arts Guild of Victoria.
home.vicnet.net.au/~earlyart/ripponlea.html The Early Dance Consort
Sydney-based performing and teaching ensemble specialising in Renaissance and Baroque Dance
Danserey - Renaissance Dance Group (Germany)
www.danserey.de Festa cortese (Lithuania)
Medieval and Renaissance dances, music and poetry.
www.festacortese.ten.lt Il Leoncello (Italy) - Scuola e Gruppo di Danza Storica.
Main site in Italian with many useful Early Music and Historical Dance links (in English).
space.tin.it/spettacolo/apontre Il Teatro della Memoria (Italy)
Directed by Claudia Celi and Andrea Toschi, the Association Il Teatro della Memoria promotes historical research, publications and performance in the field of early music and dance. (Site in Italian.)
www.teatrodellamemoria.org La Compagnie du Tordion (Belgium)
Formed in 2000. Plan to specialise in dances from 1450 (Bourgoigne's Court) to the end of the reign of Charles V (1550). Meet on two Saturdays per month. Participate in medieval and Renaissance fairs, etc.
www.pasdlayau.be La Rossignol (Italy)
A society of artists and researchers that wants to promote, to produce and to diffuse some projects with the purpose of spreading ancient music. (Site in Italian and English.)
www.larossignol.com RenaiDanse (Switzerland)
The company RenaiDanse is a Basel based group dedicated to the research and performance of the dances from the 15th century. It is led by Véronique Daniels
www.renaidanse.org/ Rossina (Hamburg, Germany)
www.rossina.de/ Societa di Danza (Italy)
An Italian cultural association that aims at research and practice of historical dance, directed by Fabio Mollica.
www.societadidanza.it/soc_dance.html Studio für Historischen Tanz Berlin e. V. (Germany)
Present historical dances from the Renaissance period to the 19th century and hold workshops with external teachers.
www.shtberlin.de/ Tanzgruppe Domenico e.V. (Germany)
www.tanzgruppe-domenico.de/ The Institute for Historical Dance Practice (Belgium)
www.historicaldance.com/ Trabucchetto - Ensemble für historischen Tanz Stuttgart (Germany)
German historical dance group mainly dedicated to Renaissance Court Dances. Formed in 1990. Website in German.
www.trabucchetto.de/ zeitenTANZ (Austria)
zeitenTANZ is a non-profit association to promote historical dance in Austria. It offers information on historical dance, dance evenings and get-togethers as well as workshops run by experienced teachers. Web site in German and English.
Amherst Early Music Festival
Including historical dance classes and performances.
www.amherstearlymusic.org Centuries Dance
Professional peformance troupe based in the Metro DC/MD/VA area.
www.centuriesdance.org Choregraphie Antique, the Dance History Ensemble of Goucher College, Towson, Maryland 212104
Choregraphie Antique brings history to life through reconstructions of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Early and mid 19th century, Ragtime, and World War II era dances.
Contact: Professor Chrystelle Trump Bond. Phone 410-227-6391; fax 410-337-6123
www.Goucher.edu/choregraphieantique/ Dancetime Publications
Social Dance through History Online.
www.dancetimepublications.com MiXED PiCKLES
Philadelphia based dance company that researches, performs and teaches American dances from earliest colonial period to the 1940s.
Links to early dance organisations worldwide and the Rendance email discussion group.
www.rendance.org Saphire Swan Dance Directory: Historical Dance
www.sapphireswan.com/dance/links/historical.htm Tapestry Historical Dance Ensemble (Ardmore, PA)
The Calendar of Early Dance
The Calendar of Historical Dance
web site maintained by Stefan Kuhn provides listings of events in Europe and the USA classified by country, period, type of event, and so on. Recommended .
Historical Dance Resources
Fabritio Caroso's Il Ballarino (1581) - facsimile scans from US Library of Congress and transcription by Greg Lindahl.
Cesare Negri's Le Gratie d'Amore / Nuove Inventioni Di Balli (1602/1604) - facsimile scans from US Library of Congress and transcription by Greg Lindahl.
Transcription of the full text and music from Arbeau's Orchesography by Nicolas Graner.
graner.net/nicolas/arbeau The Dancing Master, 1651-1728: An Illustrated Compendium
Database of all known country dances in the various editions of The Dancing Master by John Playford, Henry Playford and John Young, edited by Robert M. Keller.
Other Sites of Interest
Arts Books (UK)
www.arts-books.com Cymdeithas Ddawns Werin Cymru
Welsh Folk Dance Society
dawnsio.com/en/ Dance Books Ltd. (UK)
www.dancebooks.co.uk Development Agency for the Voluntary Arts (UK)
www.voluntaryarts.org Dolmetsch Homepage
Dolmetsch Musical Instruments, Summer Music School, etc. (UK)
www.dolmetsch.com Dressed in Time
Custom made historic clothing
www.dressedintime.co.uk EarlyMusicNews.org (MusiqueAncienne.org)
www.musiqueancienne.org Earthly Delights
Custom sewn historical garments
www.earthlydelights.com.au English Folk Dance and Song Society
www.efdss.org Galway Early Music Festival
Annual early music festival in Galway, Ireland.
www.galwayearlymusic.com Green Ginger
Band playing music for Scottish dancing and historical dance.
www.greengingerband.co.uk/ Jeremy Barlow and the Broadside Band
Early music group who have played on many DHDS recordings. (UK)
www.broadsideband.co.uk John Rich and the Eighteenth-Century London Stage: Commerce, Magic and Management
Web site of the 2008 conference about the producer, manager and performer John Rich (1692-1761)
www.johnrich2008.com/ National Resource Centre for Dance links
www.surrey.ac.uk/NRCD/links.html Regency by Design
Music lessons, ensemble
Harmonies in Time and costumes for sale.
www.regencybydesign.co.uk Society for Court Studies
The Society for Court Studies was founded in London in September 1995 with the aim of stimulating and co-ordinating the study of courts from 1400 to the present. It examines courts from a multi-disciplinary perspective, bringing together (amongst other areas) architectural history, military history, art history and cultural patronage, and the role of women in courts.
www.courtstudies.org/ Society for Dance Research
Working since 1982 to promote and foster the quality and scope of dance scholarship and providing a forum for the diverse dance interests in the UK
www.sdr-uk.org Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS)
www.sdhs.org Suzi Clarke costumier
Several of Suzi Clarke's costumes appear in DHDS photo gallery. (UK)
www.suziclarke.co.uk The Oxford Dance Symposium
Yearly symposium designed to explore different aspects of dance, with particular reference to its musical, theatrical, literary and social context during the long eighteenth-century.
www.new.ox.ac.uk/dance-symposium The Sport and Recreation Alliance
Polish Folklore song and dance troup. (Birmingham, UK)
wiesniacy.tripod.com/index.html York and North Yorkshire Voluntary Arts Partnership
Supports and promotes voluntary and amateur arts activity across the region
Dance events in London, news, companies, venues, organisations, etc. (UK)