See dances which haven’t been performed in public in over 200 years

This Saturday, 16 November, sees the launch of a new book by Sally Petchey, about the life and dances of Ignatius Sancho – a man who was born a slave but by the end of his life owned property and had the entitlement to vote. The Early Dance Circle is very proud to have supported the publication of this book, which is being launched at Palace House, Beaulieu  the home of the Montagu family. The first public performance of some of the dances for over 200 years, will be accompanied by music from Green Ginger, with the chance to take part in some demonstrations yourself!

The Palace House opens at 11am, with guided tours, dancing and talks throughout the day, until 5pm. Entry is included with entry to the Motor Museum – full details of opening times and entry costs can be found at

Sancho was a butler for the Montagu family for many years, and wrote music, dances and songs during his time there. His collection of dances written for the Princess Royal, daughter of George III and Queen Charlotte in 1776 were recently discovered and have been interpreted by Sally Petchey. Her new book, ‘Dances For A Princess “Cotillions etc. Humbly Dedicated (with Permission) To The Princess Royal By Her Royal Highnesses Most Obedient Servant Ignatius Sancho” 1729-1780’ will be available to buy at the launch event, and via the EDC website.