Awards & Bursaries

The Early Dance Circle supports the performance and study of early dance through a number of different means. Please be aware that the Early Dance Circle only funds projects relating to dance styles more than 100 years old.

The Peggy Dixon Award

This award was inaugurated by the EDC in 2006 to celebrate Peggy’s memory. It is presented at the EDC Biennial Conference for outstanding services to early dance. The recipient receives an engraved silver salver, held for two years, and a framed certificate to keep.

Who was Peggy Dixon (1921-2005)?
Recipients of the Peggy Dixon Award

Janet Hauton Grants

Janet Hauton, founder of Grantham Danserye, passed away in 2010 after a lifetime devoted to dance. She left a considerable sum to the Early Dance Circle to continue her mission to expand and enrich knowledge of and participation in dance. The Circle has begun to offer assistance to worthwhile projects in her name. If you would like further information about past recipients of this award, and how to apply, follow the link below.

Janet Hauton Grants

The Belinda Quirey Memorial Fund

This is a small fund to support those engaged in the scholarly study of early dance. For example, it may provide travel costs, once a paper has been approved for presentation at an EDC Conference.

Who was Belinda Quirey?

Recipients of Awards from the Belinda Quirey Memorial Fund

If you would like to make an application to The Belinda Quirey Memorial Fund, please complete the form below, and submit it by email to

The form is available in PDF format and in Microsoft Word Document Format.

Early Dance Circle Bursaries

The EDC wishes to support the excellent training provided by our historical dance schools here in the UK. Thus, we offer financial assistance to students, with both potential and commitment, who are unable to afford longer, in-depth courses. If you would like to learn more and perhaps apply for a bursary, please follow the link below.