Event: Biennial Conference 2014


Ballroom, Stage & Village Green:
Contexts for Early Dance

Friday – Sunday 11th – 13th April 2014

Prior Park College, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, Somerset BA2 5AH
Once the home of Ralph Allen, architect of Georgian Bath, the college overlooks his landscape gardens and the World Heritage city of Bath.

Prior Park

Prior Park Grounds




The presentations and workshops ranged from dance cards to dancing spies, social climbers to court politics.

Christine Bayle: A Few Steps, a new dance, as you like it. WORKSHOP

Andrea Strassberger: The Dance Card Collection in the Vienna Museum.

Hazel Dennison: Delizie e Danze – a tangible context, an intangible heritage. WORKSHOP

Georgina Boyes: Dancing Spies – Nazi attempts to infiltrate the English Folk Revival.

Barbara Segal: “Every Savage can Dance” – dance style as a cultural identifier.

Jennifer Thorp: Mrs Elford – stage dancer and teacher in London, 1700-1730.

Cornelis Vanistendael: Napoleon’s Grande Armée – a Driving Force Behind the Distribution of Dance Repertoires in Continental Europe (1803–1815).

Tiziana Leucci: The Apotheosis of Louis XIV as Bacchus Winning India in the Court Ballet Le Triomphe de l’Amour (1681) – an example of politics at play, in a play within a play.

Jadwiga Nowaczek: Story-telling through dance LECTURE and PERFORMANCe.

Isabel Suri: “Arches and Arcades”. WORKSHOP

Hannelore Unfried: Johann Raab’s Quadrille L’Alliance, danced in lines with Polka-Mazurka steps. WORKSHOP

Charlotte Ewart: Stones in their Shoes – the fight that Early Dancers today have to face when performing at Heritage.

Bill Tuck: The Dances in Dioclesian – the Dorset Garden Theatre as performance space.

Matthew Spring: The Fleming Family’s Dance School at Bath 1750-1800

Anne Daye: Seventeenth century dance spaces; the infrastructure.
Anne was also presented with the Peggy Dixon Trophy for services to early dance.

Mr Ellis Rogers called a Regency Ball with music by Green Ginger.

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