The Early Dance Consort

Summer 2014

Introduction to Summer 2014

2014 marks The Early Dance Consort’s fifth annual Summer Course in Renaissance & Baroque Dance.  This time our theme is French, for France was the cradle of European courtly dance:-

  • The earliest dance treatise is in French

  • The oldest printed book on dancing was published in Paris

  • The French King, Louis XIV, established the first Royal Academy of Dance, ensuring that dances from his court set the tone across Europe and its colonies for more than a century

  • And of course France has left us with the enduring tradition of classical ballet, a pinnacle of artistic achievement in the world of western dance

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