Summer Course in Renaissance & Baroque Dance, 6-8 January

Summer Course in Renaissance & Baroque Dance, 6-8 January from The Early Dance Consort

By: The Early Dance Consort  15-Dec-2015
Keywords: Exercise, Workshop, Baroque

Do you love early music? Do you have a passion for historical drama? Are you curious about how people had fun and kept fit in the days before social media, fitness apps, internet, TV, CDs or radio? Why not take a step into the world of early dance? Our 7th annual Summer Course is a perfect introduction to the dance delights of the courts France, England and Italy. No previous experience required. Come for a day... come for the course, then show what you’ve learnt at the Ball. The Course runs 9.15am to 3.45pm Wednesday 6 to Fri 8 January, with a ball 6.30pm on Friday evening. All events held in North Sydney, close to public transport. The Renaissance dance course will range from the Pavane & Galliard (standard 16th-century ball dances) to French, English and Italian court dances and ballets, both serious and skittish, along with some favourite English Country Dances. The Baroque dance course will focus on the elegant style of noble “Belle danse” forged at the court of Louis XIV of France. The “Belle danse” came to dominate fashionable assemblies around Europe and laid the foundations for classical ballet technique today. Students will sample steps and sequences for a variety of dance types familiar from the baroque musical suite, and work towards one of the exquisite dances created for the early 18th-century ballroom. Participants may enrol in one or both courses. Two Renaissance sessions take place each morning, and one Baroque session each afternoon. Students new to early dance are encouraged to attend the Wednesday sessions, to learn steps & sequences which will be built upon in following sessions. Dances range from sedate to surprisingly energetic. Sessions will include preparatory warm-up exercises & deportment. For details, brochure & enrolment go to

Keywords: Baroque, Exercise, Historical Dance, Renaissance, Workshop,