What are the objectives of HDS?

The main objective of the Society as set out in the constitution is the promotion of 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.

We achieve this by:

  • Conducting and promoting original research into treatises on dancing and other references in the literature, drama and dance music of the various periods.
  • The organisation of workshops for the education of dancers, teachers, actors, musicians and the general public in historical dance and its associated dance music.
  • Holding conferences at which lectures, demonstrations and opportunities to participate in historical dances and their music are given to members of the society and others.
  • Publishing articles conducive or incidental to the aims of the society in a Journal (and by any other medium which will bring the information to the attention of scholars in related disciplines and other persons concerned with the performance and teaching of historical dances and their music).
  • Developing good practice for teachers and instructors in order to promote skills, understanding and enjoyment of the dances, while incorporating current research.
  • Fostering the growth of other organisations with similar aims in this country and abroad.
  • Publishing books and music recordings in paper and digital form for the use of teachers, dancers, musicians and other interested people, to reflect the best interpretations of dance and music as understood at the time of publication.

We’re delighted that after the support for these objectives given by members at the 2019 AGM, the Charity Commission subsequently approved the changes which are now in effect as above.