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HDS Locals workshops

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

17 February 2018, Stamford, Lincolnshire: Fifteenty century dances

Launch the HDS book and CD Puo Ballare

Led by Hazel Dennison

Hosted by Grantham Danserye and Rutland Renaissance Dancers


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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