Day course: Dance like a Tudor

An introduction to dances of Queen Elizabeth’s court

Saturday 5th October 2024 10.30 – 16.30

St Pancras Church House, 1 Lancing Street, London NW1 1NA

Teachers: Ann Hinchliffe and Helen Young

Tudor nobles dancing

What kind of dances did the Tudor court enjoy?

Was dance important at the Tudor court?

What were the dances mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays?

What was a brawl, a pavan, a galliard or a coranto?

Where and what did ordinary people dance?

Find the answers at this practical day workshop with two experienced historical dance teachers. All the dances are based on extensive research into dance books and manuscripts of the time.

You will experience some “English Measures” from sources associated with the the Inns of Court manuscripts – dances such as the pavan, almain, coranto, and galliard – as well as branles or brawls, and sociable country dances as published in the 17th century by John Playford. We will briefly explain the context for dance of the time and touch on Italian dance with a short demonstration.

The day is suitable for complete newcomers to dance or historical dance, and could also appeal to people wanting to refresh their memories or revisit old favourites.

There is no need to come with a partner as when you need one, we will help everyone get settled.

Please wear soft soled flexible shoes as these will be best suited to the style of dance.

Teas/ coffees squash and biscuits will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch unless you prefer to go out to eat during the lunch hour.

Booking and enquiries

HDS members £40, non-members £45.

Numbers are strictly limited so book early to secure your place. Further details provided on booking.

On-line booking: WebCollect

Enquiries: Helen Young