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Historical Dance Groups

Groups in the UK

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National

Consort de Danse Baroque

Based in Cardiff, classes in many parts of Britain.

Web: http://www.ukbaroquedance.com

HDS – The Historical Dance Society

Web: http://historicaldance.org.uk

The Early Dance Circle

Web: http://www.earlydancecircle.co.uk

Bedfordshire

Bedford Early Dance and Music

Web: http://djparsons.me.uk/bedm

Cambridgeshire

The Capriol Society (Cambridge)

Regular classes, mainly 14th-17th centuries.

Contact: Enquiries to Angela Dyer (01799 521257)

Web: http://www.capriolsociety.org

Devon

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

Web: http://www.rhds.org.uk/

Dumfries

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)

email: info@sueknight1918.plus.com

Essex

Danse Royale. Classes and performing group.

Contact: Jackie Marshall-Ward (01206 574913 or 01245 252555)

Hampshire

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.

Web: http://renaissancefootnotes.uk/

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

Web: http://hrd.org.uk/

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.

Web: http://www.dukesdancers.com/

Hertfordshire

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.

Web: http://hertsearlydance.org.uk

Kent

Pastime

Contact: Alison Ede tel: 01322 553094

Web: http://pastime.orp.org.uk

Leicestershire

Leicestershire Historical Dance Group

A group for study, practice and display of historical dance, particularly 19th Century.

Web: http://www.victoriandance.co.uk/

Lincolnshire

Grantham Danserye

Usually meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 2-5 pm in Allington Village Hall, Side Street, Allington, Grantham, Lincs. NG32 2DX

Web: http://www.danserye.co.uk

London

Contretemps and Chalemie

Performances (national and international) and classes in baroque dance.

Contact: Barbara Segal – Tel: 020 7700 4293

Web: http://baroquedance.co.uk

The Covent Garden Minuet Company

London-based group performing the social dances of the late 18th century, especially the minuet.

Web: http://www.minuetcompany.org

Norfolk

Norwich Historical Dance

Mediaeval, Tudor, 17th and 18th century and Regency dances based in Norwich, Norfolk, U.K.

Web: http://www.norwichhistoricaldance.org.uk

Northumberland

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.

Contact: Elizabeth

email: noswal.e@gmail.com

Oxfordshire

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)

Web: http://www.ohds.org.uk/

Rutland

Rutland Renaissance

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)

Web: http://www.rutlandrenaissance.co.uk/index2.shtml

Somerset

Barrington Court

Barrington Court (NT) near Taunton, Somerset TA19 0NQ
1-4 pm, usually 2nd & 3rd Sundays of month

Contact: Ann Hinchliffe (01935 472771)

email: samedifference@live.co.uk

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).

Web: http://www.janeaustendancersbath.co.uk

Staffordshire

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.

Web: http://www.danceweb.co.uk/regency-assembly/5599.aspx

Wiltshire

Rostibolli

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)

email: DianaCruic@btinternet.com

Yorkshire

Greensleeves

Performance group drawn from White Rose Early Dance.

Contact: Enquiries about possible performances to Ann and Paul Kent (01484 663842)

email: hudds_earlydance@btinternet.com

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)

email: hudds_earlydance@btinternet.com

Outside the UK

Australia

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

Web: http://www.earthlydelights.com.au

Rippon Lea Renaissance Dancers

Iinformation on renaissance dance classes, performances and related activities conducted by the Early Arts Guild of Victoria.

Web: http://www.earlyartsguild.info/ripponlea.html

The Early Dance Consort

Sydney-based performing and teaching ensemble specialising in Renaissance and Baroque Dance

Web: http://www.earlydanceconsort.com.au/

Europe

Danças com História (Portugal)

Danças com História own one hundred and fifty costumes from the 15th, 16th and 16th and 17th centuries and participated in more than 50 seminars, conferences, lectures, study days and tutorials of ancient dance in Urbino, Italy, with world-renowned Masters such as:  Barbara Spartti, Lieven Baert, Cecília Noacili, Cecília Grácio Moura, Padovan and Catarina Costa e Silva.
Danças com História also participated in recordings for RTP and Channel 5 of French television Le Monde, and organized the 1st International Coaching of Ancient Dance in Sintra and 1st and 2nd Days of Study of Portuguese Ancient Dance in Sintra.
In 2009, the Association was honoured to represent Portugal at the Meet The Tradition Dance Festival in Bulgaria, in 2010, and in the Commemoration of the 600 Years of the Discovery of Madeira and Porto Santo, in 2018.
Associação Danças com História is supported by the Municipality of Sintra, the Historical Society of the Independence of Portugal and EGEAC / Castelo de S. Jorge / Quinta da Regaleira and Sintra Parks / National Palace of Sintra.
The group, connected by a feeling of national self-esteem, adopted the motto:
 LONG ARS, VITA BREVIS! – CARPE DIEM!
 
Contact or email address: dancascomhistoria@gmail.com
 

Danserey – Renaissance Dance Group (Germany)

Web: http://www.danserey.de

Il Leoncello (Italy) – Scuola e Gruppo di Danza Storica.

Main site in Italian with many useful Early Music and Historical Dance links (in English).

Web: http://xoomer.virgilio.it/apontre/

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.)

Web: http://www.teatrodellamemoria.org

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.)

Web: http://www.larossignol.com

RenaiDanse (Switzerland)

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

Web: http://www.renaidanse.org/

Rossina (Hamburg, Germany)

Web: http://www.rossina.de/

Rothenfels International Historical Dance Symposium

Historical Historical Dance Symposium held every four years (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) in Burg Rothenfels am Main, Germany

Web: http://www.historical-dance-symposium.org/en/

Societa di Danza (Italy)

An Italian cultural association that aims at research and practice of historical dance, directed by Fabio Mollica.

Web: http://www.societadidanza.it/soc_dance.html

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.

Web: http://www.shtberlin.de/

Tanzgruppe Domenico e.V. (Germany)

Web: http://www.tanzgruppe-domenico.de/

Trabucchetto – Ensemble für historischen Tanz Stuttgart (Germany)

German historical dance group mainly dedicated to Renaissance Court Dances. Formed in 1990. Website in German.

Web: http://www.trabucchetto.de/

zeitenTANZ (Austria)

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.

Web: http://www.zeitentanz.at

USA

Amherst Early Music Festival

Including historical dance classes and performances.

Web: http://www.amherstearlymusic.org

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

Web: https://www.goucher.edu/choregraphie-antique/

Dancetime Publications

Social Dance through History Online.

Web: http://dancetimepublications.com/

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.

operas.https://nybaroquedance.org/about/

Rendance

Links to early dance organisations worldwide and the Rendance email discussion group.

Web: http://www.rendance.org

Saphire Swan Dance Directory: Historical Dance

Web: http://www.sapphireswan.com/dance/links/historical.htm

Resources

Calendar of Early Dance

Other sites of interest