2016 Madeleine Inglehearn
Madeleine has been a key figure in early dance and dance research for many years. She was a founder member of Nonsuch
with Peggy Dixon, studying at Morley College under Wendy Hilton. She was part of the exciting early music developments of the 70’s, working
with James Tyler and Anthony Rooley in the establishment of the Consort of Musicke, and the founding of the journal Early Music in 1973. She was on the original committee of the National Early Music Association with Nicholas Kenyon, Trevor Pinnock and Christopher Page. Madeleine was Professor of Dance History at the Guildhall School of Music and from there took her expertise to many schools abroad. Her publications include work on 15th and 16th century Burgundy and Italy, the minuet and country dance. She is currently the President of the European Association of Dance Historians
2014 Anne Daye
A founder-member of the EDC, Anne has completed a doctoral thesis on the Stuart Masque. She lectures and publishes widely on 16th to 19th century dance and has taught at many learned institutions, including the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Regularly consulted in connection with a range of media dance projects, Anne was formerly the long-serving Chair of the Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society and is now its Director of Education & Research, under its new name of The Historical Dance Society.
2012 Diana Cruickshank
Diana brought her vast music and drama skills to early dance through her group
Rostibolli Renaissance Dance, who performed frequently at the Festival and annually at the Leicester Early Music Festival. Additionally, over the years she has undertaken huge administrative responsibilities, first as Secretary of DHDS and then as Chair of the EDC for nine years.
2010 Junella McKay
Junella came to early dance through Nonsuch via early music, and was for several years Joint Director of the Nonsuch Summer School. She founded Blind Dance which ran for 17 years, bringing the group to the EDC Festival on three occasions, as well as hosting a four-day Festival in Edinburgh. Together with Peggy and her son Angus, she was responsible for the 9 books and tapes of Dances from the Courts of Europe.
2008 Christine & Ellis Rogers
Ellis Rogers had just published his magnum opus The Quadrille and, when a copy was presented to our Patron Dame Beryl Grey, she in turn presented the Peggy Dixon Trophy to the Rogers. Chris and Ellis have hosted the Early Dance Festival at Bromley twice. Their popular Quadrille Club in London has just celebrated its 30th anniversary.
2006 David Wilson
On retiring, David fully embraced early dance, particularly the Basse Dance, his monograph on which was completed shortly before his death. David created the
National Resource Centre for Early Dance, cataloguing its 900-odd items and leaving it to the care of the Early Dance Circle. This year it has moved to its new home at Kellogg College, Oxford University. David founded the Capriol Dancers of Cambridge, who have hosted the EDC Festival twice.