Historical Dance Groups
Groups in the UK
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Bedford Early Dance and Music
The Capriol Society (Cambridge)
Regular classes, mainly 14th-17th centuries.
Contact: Enquiries to Angela Dyer (01799 521257)
Renaissance Historical Dance Society
Medieval, Stuart, Regency as well as Elizabethan Dance. We have also expanded our activities to include archery, Tudor medicine, baby swaddling, Masked Parades and Elizabethan Needlecraft. In addition we are now able to offer a selection of period tents and banners to bring added ambiance to our performance venues.
Contact: Telephone 0796 7750302
Dumfries Historical Dance Group
Dumfries Historical Dance Group meets each Tuesday evening (except high days and holidays) from 7–9 pm at Holywood Village Hall, Holywood, just north of Dumfries DG2 0RA.
Contact: Sue Knight (01387 810868)
Danse Royale. Classes and performing group.
Contact: Jackie Marshall-Ward (01206 574913 or 01245 252555)
Basingstoke Early Dance
Performing as Renaissance Footnotes. We are a dance group that specialises in teaching and portraying domestic and social life during the renaissance in England from 1450 to 1650.
Hampshire Regency Dancers
A dance group based in Winchester to promote, practice and enjoy the dances from the late Georgian to the Regency period (about 1775-1830), when Jane Austen was writing her famous novels.
Contact: James Arnott (chairman) 01489 785502, or Sally Petchey (secretary) 01489 891720
The Duke of Wellington’s Dancers
We meet in Southampton on most Thursdays to learn dances of the Georgian period, with emphasis on the Napoleonic and Regency eras. We also perform at events and run workshops and balls.
Hertfordshire Early Dance
A club for dancers and musicians, meeting one Sunday a month in St Albans.
Contact: Jan or Derek Guyatt – Tel. 01442 862545.
Contact: Alison Ede tel: 01322 553094
Leicestershire Historical Dance Group
A group for study, practice and display of historical dance, particularly 19th Century.
Usually meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 2-5 pm in Allington Village Hall, Side Street, Allington, Grantham, Lincs. NG32 2DX
Contretemps and Chalemie
Performances (national and international) and classes in baroque dance.
Contact: Barbara Segal – Tel: 020 7700 4293
The Covent Garden Minuet Company
London-based group performing the social dances of the late 18th century, especially the minuet.
Norwich Historical Dance
Mediaeval, Tudor, 17th and 18th century and Regency dances based in Norwich, Norfolk, U.K.
Bedlington Country Dancers
Meets weekly on Monday morning from 10.30 to 11.30 am in Bedlington, Northumberland. Doing dances written between 1450 and 1850 – this is a new, friendly group where most people are beginners.
Oxford Historical Dance Society
The group arrange day courses which are taken by guest tutors and cover dances from the Italian Renaissance up to the early 20th century. Workshops are held in Headington Oxford 6 times a year and are suitable for beginners and experienced dancers.
Contact: Kathy Chapman (01865 250093)
The group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at the Christie Hall, Elton Road, Wansford, Nr. Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, 7.30 to 9.30 p.m.
Contact: Maggie Roberts (01572 822545)
Barrington Court (NT) near Taunton, Somerset TA19 0NQ
1-4 pm, usually 2nd & 3rd Sundays of month
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe (01935 472771)
Jane Austen Dancers, Bath
A friendly Regency dance group based in Bath and Bradford on Avon to promote, practise and enjoy the dances spanning Jane Austen’s lifetime (about 1775-1820).
The Regency Assembly
The Regency Assembly was founded in the Autumn of 2005 to understand and perform dances popular around the Regency Period. Dance classes are held fortnightly in Lichfield.
Meet once a month on a Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. to study and enjoy English and Italian dances of the 15th and 16th centuries, and English country dances from the 17th century through the 18th and even the 20th!
Contact: Diana Cruickshank (01980 620339)
Performance group drawn from White Rose Early Dance.
Contact: Enquiries about possible performances to Ann and Paul Kent (01484 663842)
White Rose Early Dance (Huddersfield).
Regular classes,the first Sunday of each month, 15th – 18th centuries.
Contact: Enquiries to Ann and Paul Kent (01484 663842)
Outside the UK
Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy
Performance and teaching of historical dance – Renaissance, Baroque, Regency and Victorian dance styles. Regular dance classes and monthly balls in Canberra, Australia
Rippon Lea Renaissance Dancers
Iinformation on renaissance dance classes, performances and related activities conducted by the Early Arts Guild of Victoria.
The Early Dance Consort
Sydney-based performing and teaching ensemble specialising in Renaissance and Baroque Dance
Danças com História (Portugal)
Danserey – Renaissance Dance Group (Germany)
Il Leoncello (Italy) – Scuola e Gruppo di Danza Storica.
Main site in Italian with many useful Early Music and Historical Dance links (in English).
Il Teatro della Memoria (Italy)
Directed by Claudia Celi and Andrea Toschi, the Association Il Teatro della Memoria promotes historical research, publications and performance in the field of early music and dance. (Site in Italian.)
La Rossignol (Italy)
A society of artists and researchers that wants to promote, to produce and to diffuse some projects with the purpose of spreading ancient music. (Site in Italian and English.)
The company RenaiDanse is a Basel based group dedicated to the research and performance of the dances from the 15th century. It is led by Véronique Daniels
Rossina (Hamburg, Germany)
Rothenfels International Historical Dance Symposium
Historical Historical Dance Symposium held every four years (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) in Burg Rothenfels am Main, Germany
Societa di Danza (Italy)
An Italian cultural association that aims at research and practice of historical dance, directed by Fabio Mollica.
Studio für Historischen Tanz Berlin e. V. (Germany)
Present historical dances from the Renaissance period to the 19th century and hold workshops with external teachers.
Tanzgruppe Domenico e.V. (Germany)
Trabucchetto – Ensemble für historischen Tanz Stuttgart (Germany)
German historical dance group mainly dedicated to Renaissance Court Dances. Formed in 1990. Website in German.
zeitenTANZ is a non-profit association to promote historical dance in Austria. It offers information on historical dance, dance evenings and get-togethers as well as workshops run by experienced teachers. Web site in German and English.
Amherst Early Music Festival
Including historical dance classes and performances.
Choregraphie Antique, the Dance History Ensemble of Goucher College, Towson, Maryland 212104
Choregraphie Antique brings history to life through reconstructions of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Early and mid 19th century, Ragtime, and World War II era dances.
Contact: Professor Chrystelle Trump Bond. Phone 410-227-6391; fax 410-337-6123
Social Dance through History Online.
New York Baroque Dance
The New York Baroque Dance Company founded in 1976 by Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director, and Ann Jacoby is still leading the historical dance field today. The company specializes in producing 17th and 18th century programs ranging from street performances to fully staged.
Links to early dance organisations worldwide and the Rendance email discussion group.