Strictly Come Renaissance Dancing (Free dance workshops, 17th-20th March)

Queen Elizabeth I Dancing with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, artist unknown, via Wikimedia Commons
Queen Elizabeth I Dancing with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, artist unknown, via Wikimedia Commons

From posh ballet to a dance with death, learn to boogie like a Renaissance courtier at a set of four free workshops running in Durham from 17th to 20th March. Absolute beginners are welcome!

Under the watchful eye of world-class choreographer Lieven Baert, be introduced to various kinds of Renaissance dancing – Italian and French styles, posh courtly ballet and English country dancing, and theatrical movements on the Renaissance stage. For the enterprising, there will be tuition on galliard and “goat” jumps.

There are four workshops running 17-20 March 2016; you can come to one or all. Each class has a slightly different focus. We will also rehearse a Dance of Death!

Dates and locations of all sessions:

  • Thu 17 March, 13.30-15.30: Birley Room, Hatfield College, North Bailey, Durham DH1 3RQ
  • Fri 18 March, 17-19.00: Fonteyn Ballroom, Student Union, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN
  • Sat 19 March, 14-17.00: Fonteyn Ballroom, Student Union
  • Sun 20 March, 14-17.00: Birley Room, Hatfield College

Rooms will be signposted outside. For queries please email

No previous knowledge of early dance steps is required. The workshops are absolutely free and open to all. A further set of workshops will take place between 27-30 April 2016.

To help us gauge likely attendance, it would be helpful if you could sign up to the workshops you plan on attending via our Facebook page if possible. These workshops are hosted by Records of Early English Drama North East in preparation for the festival of medieval and Renaissance drama, Theatrum Mundiwhich is coming to Durham in July 2016.


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