The annual summer schools provide the opportunity to spend a week studying dances of one period with optional classes in other periods. Tuition is provided by dance teachers and specialists of international stature. Classes and specialist workshops cater for all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced dancer.
The mornings are usually devoted to working in classes on specific topics chosen by the tutors, whilst the afternoon sessions offer a range of specialist workshops which give students an opportunity to work with different tutors and study different dances.
Activities for the evenings include lectures, informal country and international dancing, and other entertainments. It is usual on the final evening for an assembly or ball to take place at which all students have the opportunity to present some of the dances learnt throughout the week. Appropriate dress, although not essential, adds period atmosphere to this occasion.
For most summer schools a booklet containing the dances taught on the course and background material, and a recording of the music are produced.
Bursaries are offered for suitable candidates.
Future summer schools
Sunday 26th July – Sunday 2nd August 2015, Chichester
The focus of the topic will be 1815, both before and after this pivotal point in dance history. New material for Jane Austen will be offered alongside other riches from the age of the cotillion into the waltz and quadrille. Chichester Assembly Rooms will once again hum to the dance and music of its heyday.
Led by Anne Daye and Stuart Marsden.
7th – 14th August 2016, Stonyhurst College, near Lancaster
Fifteenth century dances taught by Bruna Goldoni and Hazel Dennison.