Coming events

Working with the sources

The Historical Dance Society has always sought to develop understanding of the original dance sources in the light of current knowledge as the basis for informed teaching and the publication of dance instructions.

These study days explore key sources for Renaissance dance, led by experts in each field. Both theoretical and practical, they support those who teach or lead dancing and interest those who wish to extend understanding of the dances they enjoy.

You will be guided to supporting secondary sources. The tutor will provide handouts, but please bring any of the texts and translations that you already have, and any burning questions. Also come prepared to dance, and paper and pencil (or laptop) will be handy.

Anne Daye

Caroso, Negri and Their Circle with Anne Daye

Friday 29th November, 2019, £20

This workshop will focus on the dance treatises of Caroso and Negri, with an overview of those of Santucci, Lupi da Caravaggio and others, to gain insights into the context of noble dancing of sixteenth-century northern Italy. Balletti by Caroso will be the focus of close study and dancing


Hazel Dennison

Guglielmo Ebreo with Hazel Dennison

Sunday 1st December, 2019, £20

This workshop will focus on the form, content and construction of dances by Guglielmo Ebreo of Pesaro. We will identify and translate key words and phrases in order to decode and dance selected passages from some fifteenth-century balli and bassadanze manu- script sources.

Both study days will take place at Putnoe Heights Church Centre, Putnoe Heights, Bedford MK41 8EB, from 10.00 (for 10.30) to 17.00.

Contact Helen Young for more information and to book your place – payment on the day.

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