Guidance on Bursary Awards

The EDC welcomes applications from anyone who would like to learn more about the practice of early dance through continuous study with expert teachers. Dancers, actors, musicians, students of history etc are all eligible to apply, as the aims of our programme set out below.

Applications to be received at least 2 months before the start date of the course that the applicant wishes to attend. Notification will be given as soon as possible after the first relevant meeting of the Early Dance Circle Committee.

The Aims of EDC Bursary Awards

  1. To encourage the acquisition of advanced historical dance skills by those likely to promote the enjoyment, performance and study of Early Dance in the UK, whether they apply their knowledge to musical, historical, theatrical or research activities
  2. To help support the ongoing excellent provision of historical dance summer schools in the UK
  3. To offer some financial assistance for those students with talent and commitment who are unable to afford full UK summer school fees
  4. To publish annually, in the Early Dance Circular, reports from Bursary students (minimum 200 words) on their summer school work as a means to publicising what opportunities are available for in-depth study of early dance in the UK. Reports will be requested within one month of the summer school attended.

Bursaries cannot be deferred from one year to the next, but applicants may reapply.

Application Procedure

Candidates should complete the application form on the EDC website and submit it, along with a reference, to the Director of any one of the following UK early dance schools:

Chalemie School Course in Baroque Dance (Oxford, Easter, annually) http://www.chalemie.co.uk/SummerSchool.htm;
Consort de Danse Baroque Summer School (Cardiff, August, annually) http://www.ukbaroquedance.com/summer/
The Nonsuch History and Dance Summer School in the UK has been cancelled for the time being.

Please note: The Historical Dance Society Summer School has a bursary programme of its own.

Selection Process

The selection of candidates is undertaken by the Directors of the individual early dance schools. Notification of awards, however, will be made by the Early Dance Circle. The process of selection is confidential.

The EDC reserves the right not to award bursaries, if we think it appropriate, or to increase their number.

All successful applicants for a bursary will also receive one year’s free Membership in the Early Dance Circle, starting in the October following the summer school.

For an EDC Bursary Application Form in Acrobat PDF format, Bursary Form PDF.