Guidance on Bursary Awards for Students

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 teaching in the UK
  3. To offer some financial assistance for those students with talent and commitment who are unable to afford full UK tuition fees
  4. To publish annually, in the Early Dance Circular, reports from Bursary students (minimum 200 words) on their learning 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 course attended.

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

Application Procedure for Extended Courses (usually up to one week)

Individual Candidates should complete the application form on the EDC website and submit it, along with a reference, to the Director at 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/

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

All successful applicants for an extended 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, see here:

Bursary Form PDF.

NEW Awards to Support Weekend Courses in Early or Historical Dance

The EDC will make limited funds available annually to help UK dance groups provide expert historical dance tuition for those unable to afford payment for a two-day course (usually a weekend) or to help ensure viability. Any course EDC supported would have to be advertised and attendance open to others outside the host group.

Up to four £100 grants will be available annually.

Group Leaders should apply directly to the EDC via its Secretary, secretary@earlydancecircle.co.uk, setting out details of the nature of their course, its teacher and the applicant they wish to support.

On completion of the course and receipt of a brief report from the dancer supported, the award will be made.

Selection Process

The selection of all candidates is undertaken by the Directors/Group Leaders of the individual early dance courses. 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.