EDC Events

The EDC organise several community events each year:

Table of Upcoming Events

Our Biennial Conference

The EDC hosts a major dance history conference every two years. Proceedings are published and an archive of information on our previous conferences can be found here.


Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2018 at St Katharine’s, Parmoor, Frieth, Bucks. RG9 6NN (near High Wycombe).


Perception and reception are intimately related. We can know, or guess at, the participants’ intentions at the time of creation, and the work’s reception by various audiences. However, both perception and reception of a dance or a dance style will differ over time. This conference aimed to explore these aspects of early dance including how it is perceived/received today.

Theresa Buckland spoke about Dancing the Past for the Future: Early Dance as Cultural Heritage.

Edith Lalonger offered two lectures, both linked to her ongoing work on Rameau and his reception in his own time and today.

This year’s Conference has just finished and work is now underway on its Proceedings, to be published soon.


 Our Annual Festival

We host a community focussed dance history festival each year; enthusiasts and professionals from across our community perform for each other’s pleasure. A list of our previous festivals can be found here. What follows are details of the next Festival that we have planned.

EDC Annual Festival 2018

The 35th Annual Festival, Norwich

Norwich High School for Girls

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October 2018

Norwich Historical Dance

Norwich High School for Girls, 95 Newmarket Rd, Norwich NR2 2HU.
Please use the EDC Festival Booking Form to book tickets.

NOTE: the pictures from the EDC Festival for 2017 are in our Gallery now. See Video Highlights at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAZ2uVMWsEI&t=11s 

Our Annual Lecture

We host a popular dance history lecture each year. An archive of information on our previous lectures can be found here. What follows are details of the next Lecture that we have planned.

EDC Annual Lecture 2018

The Continual Triumph of Apollo: Nijinsky’s Sarabande and Ballets Russes Baroque with MILLICENT HODSON (choreographer/dance historian) & KENNETH ARCHER (scenic consultant and art historian).
This Lecture was held on Friday 23 February 2018, 7.15 for 7:30 pm, Sands Studio Rotherhithe. For details, see Past EDC Annual Lectures.

Other Special Events

We host other events from time to time. These can include workshops, study days and additional lectures, as the opportunities arise. Many such projects are undertaken in collaboration with another organisation, do get in touch with us if you have a joint project in mind. An archive of information on our previous special events can be found here. What follows are details of our most recent Special Events.

Robert Huggett’s Renaissance Footnotes visits Eastbourne International Folk Festival 2018

4-7 May 2018
Eastbourne International Folk Festival

IMG_0281The Early Dance Circle sponsored a group of early musicians to accompany Renaissance Footnotes to  Eastbourne as a way to reach out again to fellow dancers who might not know about the EDC and the historical roots of traditional dancing. On this visit, 15th century dance was the focus, with all its variety from the grand to the downright playful.

We sent information about the  dances of various periods, where to find classes and the timing and  the  location of upcoming events. The classes and performances were well attended and considerable interest was shown.


A Festival of Dance and Commedia to Celebrate World Commedia dell’arte Day 2018

"Pulcinella's Progress" through Rotherhithe

“Pulcinella’s Progress” through Rotherhithe

 The Early Dance Circle collaborated in this celebration held at Sands Film Studios, Rotherhithe, 23 to 25 February 2018.

Commedia dell’arte Day is celebrated every February 25 with performances, lectures, conferences, classes, and other events occurring in cities all over the world. The 25 February was chosen as it is the “birthday” of Commedia dell’arte and of professional theatre. On February 25, 1545, a troupe under the leadership of Ser Maphio signed the first contract of theatrical incorporation in Padua, Italy. The document, drawn up by a local notary, is the oldest extant documentation of actors conceiving of their work as a legitimate industry.

Commedia dell’arte day is proclaimed by the European cultural association SAT, which is recognized by the United Nations as the world’s only NGO dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the tradition of Commedia dell’arte. Events are being planned all over the world. Faction of Fools Theatre Company, based in Washington, DC, is the International Coordinator of those events.

Zannis were dancing everywhere!

Zannis were dancing everywhere!

Napoleon Bone, the villain of the piece

Napoleon Bone, the villain of the piece

The E15 Commedia Co in the Sands Theatre

The E15 Commedia Co in the Sands Theatre