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HDS Locals workshops

HDS Locals workshops are hosted by early dance groups around the country.

17 February 2018, Stamford, Lincolnshire: Fifteenth century dances

Launch of the HDS book and CD Si Puo Ballare - A selection of dances from 15th century Italy

Led by Hazel Dennison

Saturday 17 February 2018, 10.00‒16.30, Stamford United Reformed Church Hall, 29 Broad Street, Stamford PE9 1PJ

The hall is in the town centre, opposite the Lord Burghley pub, a 10-minute walk from the railway station. There are car parks close by.

This course is for people who have some experience of early dance. The day will include work on the bassadanza Chorona Gentile by Giovananbrugio and Fiore de Vertu, a ballo by Govanni Ambrosio.

There will be breaks for refreshments and lunch. Although there are plenty of cafes nearby, we suggest bringing a packed lunch. Dances from Fifteenth-century Italy

Cost: £15. Please pay on the day but notify Lynne Spicer in advance if you are intending to come: email granthamdanserye@gmail.com.

Hosted by Grantham Danserye and Rutland Renaissance Dancers.

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17 March 2018, Norwich, Dances of the French Court c. 1612

Led by Anne Daye

Hosted by Norwich Historical Dance


Saturday 7th April 2018, Baldock, Hertfordshire: Dancing the Barbarian ‒ Il Canario

A dance of display from Italy, Spain, France and England in the sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries

Led by Hazel Dennison

Saturday 7 April, 2018, 10 for 10.30‒16.30 Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, The Old Town Hall, High Street, Baldock, SG7 6AR

Hosted by Herts Early Dance and Bedford Early Dance and Music

This day course is for those with experience of sixteenth-century dance steps. Initial work will focus on the unique dynamics of the steps specified by Caroso, the use of dragging, scraping, crushing, trailing and striking whilst maintaining an elegant upper body. Dancers will then work on contrasting mutanze from Negri’s chal- lenging canario of seventeen figures. Reference will also be made to Arbeau’s canario for a masquerade and the provenance of the 'squashed spider' step in Spanish dance.

Material from the above will be used to construct a solo canario, based on the framework and steps given by Lupi di Caravaggio. Hazel, an experienced and expert dancer and teacher of historical dance, has conducted extensive research into Italian dance of this period. The day promises to be informative, challenging and fun!

Cost: £20

Please book your place by contacting Helen Young (01327 340494 or helenhds@outlook.com) and pay on the day.

Bookings must be made by 7 March, 2018.

Tea and coffee will be provided. There are a number of places to eat/buy food nearby, or bring your own lunch

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