Upcoming:

25 – 26 May 2024

 

Edinburgh Georgian Weekend

25 May 6:30 – 9 pm Regency Soirée in the Georgian House 

Join us for an immersive Georgian-inspired experience, including guided historical dance in the beautiful Drawing Room to live music played on the square piano (made in 1802), a special tour of the house and a period dance and music recital. The event is dedicated to Charles Stewart, a musician and dancing master who worked in Edinburgh in the 1800s.

The doors will open at 6 pm, and the entertainment will commence at 6:30 pm. Complimentary historically inspired light refreshments will be offered throughout the evening.

The dress code is 1790 – 1830s (contemporary evening attire with long skirts for ladies or kilts for gentlemen are also acceptable). Changing space will be available for those wishing to wear period costumes.

Booking via the  Georgian House Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/regency-soiree-in-the-georgian-house-tickets-878949089387

26 May 10:00 am – 3 pm Guided walk: Dancing in the Georgian Edinburgh (Edinburgh New Town+Scottish National Gallery)

Explore the New Town of Edinburgh unique dance heritage from the late Georgian period. The walk will begin with a brief introduction before visiting relevant locations for a short discussion supplemented by images and maps followed by a lunch break (usually at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery Cafe; not included in the activity fees). It will finish with a guided visit to the Scottish National Gallery to look at paintings of dancing scenes and to discuss them from a dance history point of view. 

More info and booking with the Edinburgh Adult Education Programme website:

https://adulteducationedinburgh.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/EVSESENQ?SETLVL=&RNI=36593

 

27 April 2024

14:00 – 15:30 

New Town Dance Herstory

Walking Tour for the Pomegranates Trad Dance Festival 2024, organised by the Traditional Dance Forum Scotland.

Explore the New Town’s rich and important dancing heritage from the late Georgian period and learn about the notable dancing mistresses and patronesses who frequented the city entertainment establishments. Meet Madame Violante, ex-gymnast, troup manager and the first known female dancing mistress in Scotland; Felice Mercucci, prima of the Theatre Royal, first licensed theatre in Edinburgh; Mrs Parker, star of Edinburgh Circus, famous across the kingdom for her Strathspey Minuet.

Tickets £5 – £15. Book HERE

16 – 17 April 2024

University of Oxford

Presenting the paper ‘Dancing on the Stage in Edinburgh in the 18th Century’ at the 26th Oxford Historical Dance Symposium

3 April 2024

University of Bristol

Curating the panel Poised in performance: the visual culture of dance through time and its connection with early dance practice at the Association for Art History Conference, University of Bristol. Also, presenting the paper ‘The Image of Dance in the Works by Scottish Artists between the 1780s and 1830s’ 

22 February 2024

17:45 – 19:30

University of Pennsylvania (online)

Taking part in the round table & presenting the research paper ‘Cotillions and quadrilles in Scotland in the late 18th – early 19th centuries’ at the Early Dance Symposium 2024: New Work on Old Dance: A Pre-1800 Dance Studies Symposium, University of Pennsylvania.

The Symposium takes place online. The entry is free but require registration.

 

January – May 2024

 

Historical Dance Courses with the Edinburgh Adult Education Programme

27 Jan – 23 March (fortnightly), 11:00 – 13:00: 500 years of Dance in the Inch House @Inch House Community Centre (225 Gilmerton Road, EH16 5UF) covers popular dances from the Late Renaissance until the Victorian periods, 

16 March, 11:00 – 14:00: Country Dances around the World @Inch House Community Centre (225 Gilmerton Road, EH16 5UF)

11 May, 10:00 – 15:00: Dancing in Edinburgh during the Scottish Enlightenment (Edinburgh Old Town+National Museum of  Scotland)

25 – 26 May: Edinburgh Georgian Weekend with the Soiree in the Georgian House and a guided walk: Dancing in the Georgian Edinburgh (Edinburgh New Town+Scottish National Gallery)

Online course:

19 Feb – 18 March: Enlightened Dance Culture in Lowland Scotland during the Enlightenment 

Edinburgh Adult  Education Programme

Tuesdays, 20:00 – 21:30 (fortnightly) 

at Holy Trinity Church Hall (6 Albert Pl, Stirling FK8 2RG)

 

Historical Dance Classes in Stirling restart on 16 January.

Previous:

13 January 2024

10:00 – 15:00

 

Dance Assemblies in Scotland: Hamiltons and the 18th – century Dance Culture

Special visit to Hamilton to see the remains of one of the grandest houses in the UK, Hamilton Palace. The programme includes guided tours of the West(Hunting) Lodge, built for the 4th Duke of Hamilton at Chatelherault Country Park, the Hamilton Mausoleum, and exhibitions at Low Park Museum with its elegant and cosy 18th-Century Assembly Room.

Book HERE

30 September – 2 December

11:00 – 14:00

Inch House Community Centre (225 Gilmerton Road, EH16 5UF)

Dancing Through the Scottish Enlightenment: All Levels

Historical dance course with the Edinburgh Adult Education Programme
5 x 2 h sessions at the historic ballroom in the Inch House 
 
You will learn about the development of the social and professional dance scene in the Scottish capital using period sources, historical accounts, and museum artefacts. Participants will be able to watch examples of recreated dances performed by experts and learn some of the dances and techniques characteristic of this period. They will also have a chance to familiarize themselves with the latest research in dance history and gain a deeper understanding of the roles of dance in society and how modern dance styles emerged.
 
The sessions are on 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 18 Nov, and 2 Dec.

Book HERE 

4 & 5 November 

Edinburgh Dance Assembly 1723

A weekend to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the first regular dance assembly in Scotland organised in Edinburgh in 1723 by 5 Lady – Directresses. See more information HERE

21 October

10:00 – 15:00

 

Dancing in Georgian Edinburgh

Guided walk around the New Town of Edinburgh and National Galleries of Scotland focusing on the dance history of the Scottish capital.
 
Book HERE

7 October

11:00 – 14:00

Inch House Community Centre (225 Gilmerton Road, EH16 5UF)

Country Dances Around the World: All Levels

Historical dance course with the Edinburgh Adult Education Programme
 
Country dances have been practiced since Elizabeth I’s times, adapting to new fashions, cultures and dance techniques. They are still enjoyed today in different styles, e.g. Scottish Country Dance, English Country Dance, Contra and others. In this workshop, we will look at what can be called the Golden Age of country dancing, when they were the leading dance in the Ballrooms across Europe and America. We will explore the 18th and early 19th centuries dance collections from different countries around the world and try unusual formations, and figures invented or recorded by amateurs and professional dancing masters of the past. The special theme for this session will be the Grand Tour inspired by summer holidays, including country dances from Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and other popular destinations. 

Book HERE 

23 September

10:00 – 15:00

 

Dancing in Edinburgh through the Scottish Enlightenment

Guided walk around the Old Town of Edinburgh and National Museum of Scotland focusing on the dance history of the Scottish capital.
 
Book HERE

15:00 20 August 

St. Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh

The Viol Rackett Show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023

The Edinburgh Renaissance Band return for their 50th year on the Fringe with a new version of the ever-popular Viol Rackett Show, the best-loved instrumental music programme from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The award-winning troupe of ten musicians show off a large range of period instruments, including shawms, cornetti, sackbuts, nakers, crumhorms, viols, fiddles, crumhorns, gemshorns, bells, bagpipes, racketts and a serpent, and are happy to chat with you about them. The show is introduced by Musical Director Murray Campbell, whose lively presentation completes a delightful show suitable for all ages. Children especially are welcome, and their tickets are free (but need to be booked).

Members of  “Les Danses Antiques will demonstrate a couple of the dances during the concert. Tickets (£10) are available now from the ERB website, or from the Fringe Box Office. 

7 – 9 July

Stirling

The Stirling Bridgerton Ball Extravaganza

The Stirling Bridgerton Ball Extravaganza is the social event of the season. The weekend of July 7th to 9th will see Stirling Castle transformed into Regency-era Scotland with dancing lessons, a Soiree, an afternoon tea party and of course Saturday Regency-themed ball in the Stirling Castle!

It is a weekend you will not want to miss! So, don your best gown, bring your most exquisite fan and wear your most fabulous shoes.

More information and tickets: https://www.stirlingbridgertonball.com/

23 June

18:30 – 21:00

The Georgian House, Edinburgh

Pride and Prejudice: an LGBT+ inspired historical dance workshop in the Georgian House

This Pride, join us at the Georgian House for a night of dancing and storytelling, celebrating diverse lives in the Georgian period (1714 – 1830).

Book HERE or contact the Georgian House team.

27 – 28 May

 

 Regency Weekend in Edinburgh

27 May 10:00 – 15:00 Dancing in Georgian Edinburghguided walk around Edinburgh’s New Town & visit to the Scottish National Gallery.

Price:  £21.75. Book via the Edinburgh Adult Education Programme by calling 0131 556 7978 or 0131 469 3003. Phone lines will be open: Monday – Thursday 10am – 4pm; Friday – 10am – 3pm. 

28 May 18:00 – 20:00 Regency Soirée in the Georgian House:  Georgian-inspired experience with historical dance to live music on the Georgian House Horsburgh’s square piano (1802), special tour dedicated to Nathaniel Gow’s 260th Anniversary (Scottish – born musician and a leader of the fashionable band at the George Street Assembly Rooms in the later Georgian period), and historical fashion display.

Price £25.  Book via the Georgian House.

Contact us directly at danse.antique@gmai.com to arrange booking for the whole weekend.

13 & 27 May

10:00 – 15:00

‘‘Dance History’ Guided Walks around the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Two 5 h walks covering the UNESCO world heritage Old and New Towns of Edinburgh will focus on major centres of dance during the 1700s and 1800s. Interesting street names and buildings which housed or were used as ballrooms, theatres and dance schools will tell the stories of the people who enjoyed dancing and contributed to the development of Scottish dance scene. Each tour will finish with a guided museum visit to look at other material traces of dance activities of the past, including paintings, historical dresses, and others. The Old Town walk will finish with a guided visit to the National Museum of Scotland to examine 18th-century fashion exhibits relevant to the earliest dance clubs. The New Town walk will finish with a guided visit to the Scottish National Gallery to look at paintings of dancing scenes and to discuss them from a dance history point of view.

Each course costs £21.75 (concessions available). Book via the Edinburgh Adult Education Programme.

13 May Dancing in Edinburgh through Scottish Enlightenment

27 May Dancing in Georgian Edinburgh

20 May, Sat

10:00 – 13:00

Country Dances around the World

Inch House Community Centre, 225 Gilmerton Rd, Edinburgh, EH16 5UF

Country dance as a dance form has been danced since Elizabeth I time. The tradition continues today in different styles e.g. Scottish Country Dance, English Country Dance, Contra, and others. In this workshop, we will look at what can be called the Golden Age of country dancing when it was the leading dance in the Ballrooms across Europe and North America. We will look at the varieties that existed in the UK, France, Spain, Netherlands, German lands, and other distant lands trying the instructions and steps popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries ballrooms. In this session we will look at the country dances composed by ordinary people, women, and people of African descent.

The course costs £17.25. Book via the Edinburgh Adult Education Programme.

To book please call 0131 556 7978 or 0131 469 3003 citing the title of the course. Phone lines will be open: Monday – Thursday 10am – 4pm; Friday – 10am – 3pm.

29 April 

 

International Dance Day Celebration at Inch House

Les Danses Antiques will be performing and giving a historical dance workshop on dances related to the Inch House construction history. 

More information

26th November

Join us for a romantic night celebrating British female writers from the early 19th century with dance, music, games and much more! Have you always wanted to combine your reading hobby with socialising? Or maybe experience some of the scenes described in your favourite novels? 

Literary Soirée is inspired by Jane Austen’s novels but spiced with Scotch humour from Austen’s Edinburgh-born contemporary author Susan Ferrier. Talented writers could even make an appearance during the night to read you some of their favourite lines about dance or Scottish social life!

More information and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/literary-soiree-tickets-451120121427

18th November

Session 1: 17:00 – 18:00 

Session 2: 18:00 – 19:00

Historical Dance Workshop at the Georgian House (NTS, EDinburgh)

You are cordially invited to join us in the Georgian House Drawing Room for a historical dance workshop and house tour. Learn one of the Regency periods most fashionable dances, the quadrille, and explore our restored townhouse.

In the Georgian period the social Season in Edinburgh started late Autumn – early Winter with public Assemblies, private balls, theatre performances and concerts. One of the most fashionable dances of the period, the quadrille, originated in France and became popular at public events in Edinburgh during the Season of 1816-17.

Often quadrilles would be practiced in advance of an upcoming ball “for fear of accidents’’. In this session we will follow the instructions and music of the Lancers’ Quadrille composed and published by Felix Yaniewicz c.1821 inspired by the recent exhibition about the celebrated musician. The original set was found in Miss Dalrymple’s music book from the Newhailes House Library music collection located in the National Library of Scotland.

Reserve your spot here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/historical-dance-workshop-tickets-456071511167

5 October – 12 November

Edinburgh Dance Scene During the Scottish Enlightenment:

Beginner course in historical dance for the Edinburgh Adult Education Programme. The course will focus on the dances practiced in the Scottish capital in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The sessions and dance classes will be held at the Inch House Community Centre.

Students will learn about the development of the social and professional dance scene in the Scottish capital using period sources, historical accounts, and museum artefacts. Participants will be able to watch examples of recreated dances performed by experts and learn some of the dances and techniques characteristic of this period themselves. They will also have a chance to familiarize themselves with the latest research in dance history and gain a deeper understanding of the roles of dance in society as well as how modern dance styles emerged.

The course costs £43.50/£21.75/£17.25. Book your space on the Edinburgh Adult Education Programme website.

24 September

11 – 1 pm

“Discover Historical Dance” dance workshop for all at St Columbus by the Castle Church Hall (14 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW)

10 & 11 September

21 August

3 pm

The Viol Rackett Show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022

Joint performance with the Edinburgh Renaissance Band of music & dances from the 12th to 17th centuries at St Cecilia Hall.

17 August

Historical Dance Perfromance at the George IV celebratory dinner for the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club and the New Club members with Ricardo Barros, Tim Macdonald & Alena Bulatetskaya.

The program included Allemandes to music by Alexander McGlashan, (a leader of the fashionable musical band in Edinburgh c.1790s), Strathspey Minuet, inspired by Mrs Parker’s performance in London & Edinburgh c.1800, as well as Loure, which could be taught by Mr Martin at the Todryck’s Wynd’s dancing school in Edinburgh c.1785.

14 August

Historical Dance Demonstrations at the ScottFest2022 in the Abbotsford (Scottish Borders) with Ricardo BarrosTim Macdonald.

15 – 19 June

5th Historical Dance Symposium
Burg Rothenfels am Main, Germany 
Alena presented her research on Dance Assemblies in Georgian Edinburgh

Spring 2022 Historical Dance Workshops

9 & 23 April Dancing with the Prince: Historical  Dance workshops on the 18th-century dances linked with the Jacobite rebellions

14 May Dancing for the King: Scottish Ballroom c.1822: Walter Scott and George IV’s visit

29 May Danses Ecossaises: International dances inspired by Scottish culture from XVI to XIX centuries

6 – 8 May

EDC BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2022: Retrieving & Reconstructing the Past through Dance

Alena Shmakova & Mats Melin presented their research paper “Exploring Jacobite themes in Scottish country dance collections of the 18th century”

7 April 2022

“Dance in Sir Walter Scott’s Works and Times”.

Learn more about dancing during Sir Walter Scott’s time from the recent talk for the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club. The talk was recorded and is now available here on the Club’s YouTube Channel where you can find other interesting lectures.

25.02.2022 – 27.02.2022

Jacobite! II The Betrayal Project

Dance workshop and ball (private event for Jacobite Players group)

More info

10.01.2021

&

24.01.2021

Nonsuch History & Dance Online Club: Dances from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Alena will be assisting Darren Royston in teaching French and Scottish dance repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries.

More info

25.12.2020 – 5.01.2021

Daft Days Dance Challenge with the Early Dance Circle

To encourage you to maintain a healthy lifestyle during Christmas, the EDC have devised twelve short and easy-to-follow workouts inspired by the early dance repertoire. Every day for 12 days – starting at 10:00 am, and lasting for 5-10 minutes — we will share with you some simple steps to try. They come from 500 years of dance heritage, accompanied by the music from their period. Try the routines enjoyed by our ancestors to maintain health and happiness through the art of dancing.The emphasis will be on fun and the joy of movement rather than on formal teaching – a challenge for the whole family! Check out Minuet and Reel videos with Alena!

 More info

20.11.2020

6 pm GMT

 

Going Local: Heritage for Health Enlightened Dance

Online Dance Workshop

Lighten up your mood by joining this early dance session accompanied by beautiful music from the time of the Scottish Enlightenment. Organised for the Prescribe Culture initiative from the University of Edinburgh.

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29.10.2020

6 pm GMT

Scottish Ballet before “Scottish Ballet”

Online Talk

Celebrating #WorldBalletDay2020 with stories of bringing ballet to Scotland

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17.10.2020

Fête Gaélique

Performance as part of the 37th Early Dance Circle Festival

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04.10.2020

12:30 – 18:30 BST

Edinburgh 1745: Life behind the Jacobite Rising

Online event in collaboration with Battle of Prestonpans [1745] Heritage Trust to commemorate the 275th anniversary of the last Jacobite rebellion. 

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16.08.2020

Scottish Dance Traditions at the Time of George’s IV Visit in 1822

Online masterclass for International Festival of Historical Dance (Moscow, Russia):

16:00 – 17:30 BST on Zoom

More info

20.06.2020-21.06.2020

Midsummer Early Dance & Music Virtual Festival 
14:30 – 18:30 (London time)
More info
Tickets

 

3.06.2020

Baroque Dance Notation-Deciphering Feuillet Notation

7 pm BST on Zoom

Email: hdslectures@gmail.com  to register

More info

29.04.2020

18.04.2020

Early Dance Workshop “Dancing with Georgians!” 
17:30 – 19:00
Georgian House
[Postponed due to coronavirus]

Georgian Delights Lecture about Entertainment in Georgian Edinburgh 
17:00 – 18:00
Georgian House
[Postponed due to coronavirus]

28.03.2020

Informal Session about Georgian Entertainment
12:00 – 15:00
Georgian House
[Postponed due to coronavirus]

27.03.2020

Stories from the History of Edinburgh Stage Walking Tour
12:00 – 15:00
[Postponed due to coronavirus]

16.03.2020

Dance workshop “Dirty Dancing through Time”
19:30 – 21:00
[Postponed due to coronavirus]

17.02.2020

Dance Workshop “Romance of Dance”
19:30 – 21:00
Cameron House Community Centre

03.02.2020

Dance Workshop “Dancing with the Prince” 
19:30 – 21:00
Cameron House Community Centre

2019

18-20.10.2019

36th Early Dance Festival Edinburgh
Edinburgh Academy

16.10.2019

Talk “Dances from Russia and Scotland at the Time of Princess Dashkova”
10:30
Queens Gallery, Edinburgh

29.09.2019

Dance Workshop Baroque for Beginners 
Dance For All Studios

21.04.2019

Easter in the Palace: Nymphs and Shepherds 
2:30pm and 4pm
Holyrood Palace Great Gallery

16.02.2019

Charles II, James II and Holyrood
Holyrood Palace Great Gallery

2018

29.11.2018

Performance as Part of the Play “Princess Dashkova, Women who shook the World”
17:00
St Cecilia Hall

Photos and videos can be seen here >>>

18.11.2018

Baroque Dance Workshop for beginners
14:00 – 17:00
Dance For All Studios

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