Strictly Come Renaissance Dancing: Your Chance to Learn the Basics of Early Dance (Free workshops, 11th to 14th February)

Here’s a unique opportunity to quick-step back into a Renaissance court, and to learn how to dance like a lady or gentleman of the time. As part of our preparations for The Sacred and Profane show in Durham in July 2016, a world-leading choreographer and theatre director will be teaching three free workshops on early dance and drama. These are open to everyone, including absolute beginners.

These introductory classes, taught by Lieven Baert, will be particularly enjoyable for people who want to learn about acting and the basics of historical movement. Participants may attend as many classes as they wish.

The classes will offer an easy introduction to:

  • fashionable forms of dancing in France, Spain and Italy at the time of Queen Elizabeth I
  • popular dances, such as English country dances
  • moving on stage: rules of Renaissance deportment
  • techniques for theatrical Renaissance dancing
  • leaps, jumps, and caprioles – for anybody who wants to try!


Thu 11 Feb, 17-20.00: Fonteyn Ballroom, Durham Students’ Union, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Head for the 60s concrete building. The ballroom will be signposted.
Fri 12 Feb, 17-20.00: Caedmon Hall, Hild & Bede College.
Sun 14 Feb, 16-19.00: Caedmon Hall, Hild & Bede College.

Further details with a map of locations, and background to the project relating to these workshops, can be found on the Records of Early English Drama website. For more information email


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