The Early Dance Circle Annual Lecture

Keith Cavers, M.Phil. Consulting Iconographer

Janet Hilligsberg Courtesy Keith Cavers

Janet Hilligsberg
Courtesy Keith Cavers

Dancers’ pictures and where to find them:Researching the early iconography of the dance.

Today we live in a world surrounded by images in books, magazines, advertisements, in cinema, and television. For those interested in dance, images of dancers abound, but as we look to the past – beyond the development of photography in the middle of the nineteenth century and lithography at its beginning – these images of dancers become increasingly rare. Who made them? And why? And more importantly, where are they hiding?


This lecture, given in London, is open to all – and free. Follow the link above to book your place.

The Annual Lecture is usually held in late February in the Art Workers Guild in Bloomsbury. An eminent speaker  is invited to talk on a topic relevant to early dance. The aim is to promote early dance to a wider audience and to  demonstrate the many sides to this relatively new field of study. The lecture is followed by an informal reception.

Come and Make it a Weekend of Early Dance

This year the Annual Lecture forms part of a whole weekend of early dancing. On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th Pastime Historical Dance will be hosting two days of workshops by Isabel Suri. Come along and enjoy set dances for 8, 12, 16 or even 24! Isabel is an experienced and friendly tutor who will bring these dances back to the dance floor with skill and enthusiasm.


 An archive of Past Lectures and (in some cases) their associated presentation material is available.