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)

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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.

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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!

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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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6 pm GMT

Scottish Ballet before “Scottish Ballet”

Online Talk

Celebrating #WorldBalletDay2020 with stories of bringing ballet to Scotland

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Fête Gaélique

Performance as part of the 37th Early Dance Circle Festival

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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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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

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Midsummer Early Dance & Music Virtual Festival 
14:30 – 18:30 (London time)
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Baroque Dance Notation-Deciphering Feuillet Notation

7 pm BST on Zoom

Email: hdslectures@gmail.com  to register

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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]


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


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


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


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


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



36th Early Dance Festival Edinburgh
Edinburgh Academy


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


Dance Workshop Baroque for Beginners 
Dance For All Studios


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


Charles II, James II and Holyrood
Holyrood Palace Great Gallery



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

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

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