Summer School 2020

The 52nd Historical Dance and Music Annual Summer School

Regency Dancing: Dances from Britain and the rest of Europe, c. 1800

Friday 31st July to Friday 7th August 2020

Bromsgrove School, Worcester Road, Bromsgrove (satnav address) B61 7HP

Bromsgrove School

Thomas Cookes House, Bromsgrove School (From Wikimedia Commons by Elisa.rolle CC BY-SA 4.0)

Course Outline

Participants will study with their chosen tutor in daily classes, to develop technique and learn a selection of dances. A varied choice of afternoon workshops led by course tutors and other specialists will offer an opportunity to enrich your experience.

Sociable evening activities will include informal dancing, talks and activities, with Tuesday afternoon free to rest or explore the beautiful and historic region. The course will conclude with a Regency ball to live music, for which you may wear a costume of the period (not obligatory).

A shorter option (Friday dinner to Monday breakfast) is available for those unable to stay for the whole week. This is an excellent chance for newcomers to explore dancing from around 1800.

Tutor and Class Details

Libby Curzon

Libby Curzon

Libby has been teacher and leader of Mrs Bennet's Ballroom since 2013, offering weekly Regency dance classes in south London. She discovered quadrilles through Ellis and Chris Rogers. Libby says: `I enjoy organising our annual balls and tea dances, both very popular. I love encouraging new people to try historical dance, watching them improve and get the bug! Dance brings such pleasure to both body and mind.'

The introductory/improvers course will cover country dances and cotillons from the collection Yet More Dances for Jane Austen, researched by Anne Daye. Studying these popular dances will help you to learn some fundamental moves, footwork, timing and patterns, which will improve danceability and boost confidence so that attendees will be able to enjoy attending a ball. We will also learn some triolets, larger formation dances popular in European ballrooms of the era, which will give a great sense of teamwork and achievement.


Anne Daye

Anne Daye

Anne has extensive experience as a teacher, researcher and writer on historical dance from c. 1550 onwards, with a doctorate for her thesis on the Jacobean masque. For this year's summer school, she will share her special knowledge of dancing in the age of Jane Austen, with the production of a third collection of Yet More Dances for Jane Austen. Anne shares her love of these sociable yet skilled dances through consultancy for the media, by giving talks and by leading balls for all to enjoy.

Anne's intermediate-level class will focus on the riches of dancing in the British Isles from the late Georgian to Regency reigns: country dances, cotillons, early quadrilles, reels and waltzes, including steps from the Irish and Scottish repertoires. The class is intended for those with some previous experience of dance figures and steps who are ready to explore the more sophisticated dances of the age. Teaching will encourage lively, sociable and graceful skills.


Jørgen Schou-Pedersen

Jørgen Schou-Pedersen

Jørgen studied the Science of Music at the University of Copenhagen and is internationally recognised for his research in the field of the history of dance. As a teacher he specialises in bringing interesting dances from little-known sources to life. He has delivered courses across Europe and he teaches historical dance at the National Theatre School and the Royal Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He has also choreographed for stage, film and TV, and he runs three performing dance groups. Through selected dances from Denmark, France and Germany,

Jørgen's class will explore how European style and fashion in dance changed during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The repertoire will cover the transition from cotillon to quadrilles, early waltz dances and longways. The level will be intermediate, but students should be prepared to try a few somewhat balletic steps.

Practical Details

Bromsgrove School

Bromsgrove school is set within 100 acres of beautiful grounds with a range of architecturally diverse buildings. The dance, drama and music facilities are superb and we will have the use of an excellent range of dance spaces, as well as the swimming pool (subject to availability). The school campus is within easy walking distance of the town.

The fee includes modern, high-quality, full-board accommodation per person. All rooms are single, en-suite and lockable, and there is an excellent choice of food in the main school dining hall. Visit for more information.

How to get there

The school is centrally located in Bromsgrove town and is easily accessible for local, national and international visitors. Bromsgrove is close to the M5 and M42 motorways and there is ample free parking on site. There is a shuttle service to the school from Bromsgrove train station, and rail connections to nearby Birmingham International Airport.


The fee for the full course (Friday 31 July to Friday 7 August, depart after breakfast) is £595 for HDS members, £620 for non-members.

The fee for the short course (Fri 31 July to Mon 3 August, depart after breakfast) is £260 for HDS members, £270 for non-members.


HDS may be able to offer a full or part bursary to appropriate candidates. Applications should be made by email to by 30th April, 2020

Booking forms and further details

You are welcome to contact the course administrator, Lynne Spicer, to discuss your needs:

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