Summer Course 2015 ~ Early Dance from Courtly to Comical
Summer Course- January 7-9, North Sydney
In our sixth annual Summer Course in Renaissance & Baroque Dance, we will explore the Courtly & Comical sides of early dance, both of which are to be found in the recorded dance repertoire of the 16th to 18th centuries.
From stately Measures, Pavanes & ball dances of the baroque, to playful Branles & Balletti, skittish masquerade and Country Dances, these are two sides of the same coin.
Formal dances of the nobility upheld family honour and tradition at court ceremonies, while comic, pastoral and miming dances were enjoyed for the sheer pleasure of masking and being incognito (or even pretending to be someone else) in ballets, masks and at masquerade balls.
The Renaissance dance
course will include the Pavane and Galliard (standard late 16th C ball
dances) along with a variety of French Branles and miming dances,
Italian Balletti both serious and comic, and light-hearted English
The Baroque dance course will introduce the style and technique of noble dance from the French
court of Louis XIV, fashionable around Europe and the basis for classical ballet. Students will work on original choreography for a serious ball dance, and sample elements of the comic repertoire.
Participants may choose to enrol in either or both Renaissance and Baroque courses. Each morning there will be a double Renaissance session, and then each afternoon one Baroque session. Students new to early dance are encouraged to attend Wednesday sessions, to learn steps and sequences used later on. Dances range from sedate to energetic, and each session will include warm-up exercises, deportment, steps, movements and dance figures.
Venue 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney, a short walk south down Blues Point Rd from North Sydney Station (on Blue St). Hall is on left-hand-side just before you reach the Lavender Street intersection. Public transport is highly recommended, as parking is limited in the area. Google Map
No previous dance experience is required, nor do you need to bring a partner.
What to wear
Light comfortable clothes to give freedom of movement.
Flexible, comfortable, well-secured shoes, without a rubber sole.
Flat shoes for Renaissance (e.g. ballet flats, jazz or lightweight street shoes)
Heeled shoes for Baroque (small heels 1cm-4cm high) & straps or laces recommended.
See What to wear for classes for more information
Light refreshments will be provided for morning tea.
Please bring water to drink. If staying for the day be prepared to bring/buy lunch (shops nearby).
Please download an enrolment form (or phone/email for one to be sent), then complete and return by post/email. Payment is by cheque/money order or direct deposit (bank details on enrolment form).
Early-bird rates available up to December 19.
Phone or email if you need more information.
An Invitation to all...
Students, friends and family,
Friday 9 January, 6.30pm—9.30pm
181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney (the usual venue)
Help us celebrate the Summer with a little dancing and enjoyment, catching up with friends old and new, seeing some of the dances learnt, and joining in some favourites
(no experience or partner needed).
Cool clothing recommended. Dancing shoes essential.
Please bring a plate of simple finger food to share and/or something non-alcoholic to drink.
Hope you can make it - we look forward to seeing you.
Fiona & John.
Entry adults $15, children $5
RSVP by Thursday 8 January
9416 5765 | 0400 104 969 or email