We promote the study, practice, education, and public engagement in the performance, music, and costume of European and other dances from the 15th to 20th centuries as recorded in the sources of the period.
If you’re looking for information about historical dances, or maybe some music or video footage, please contact us and we’ll be delighted to help you.
Bookings are now open for the 54th Historical Dance Society Annual Summer School to be held from Friday 12th to Friday 19th July 2024 at Bromsgrove School, West Midlands, B61 7HP (Weekend course also available)
Tutors: Birte Hoffmann-Cabenda, Sam Gosk and Libby Curzon
We have published online in Historical Dance a short piece entitled ‘Music and Movement – Music and Dancing – Dancing, Movement and Music’ by Nathalie Dolmetsch (founder of the Historical Dance Society) that was recently given to HDS by Louise Bailey, her daughter. This is accompanied by a biography of Nathalie Dolmetsch written by Anne Daye.
Now open for booking
Dance and performance at the Jacobean court
Dances associated with Ben Jonson’s masque Hymenaei will be learnt and animated for an in-house performance of the masque on Sunday, with opportunities to sing and play music.
Friday 26 to Sunday 28 January 2024 at Halsway Manor, west Somerset
Weekend course led by Susan de Guardiola covering a mix of notable American couple dances, unusual quadrilles, and lively country dances from the last quarter of the 19th century.
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 2023
Sadler’s Wells, London
Dances of Fashionable Society: Cotillons, Quadrilles, Country Dances, Couple Dances and a Solo 1762 – 1887, a book and two CD set by Ellis and Christine Rogers, is now available in the HDS shop as a physical product or download
Workshop on cotillons, quadrilles and country dances from the ballrooms and dance halls of Georgian and Victorian England.
Saturday 23rd September 2023
St Pancras Church Hall, London