Consort de Danse Baroque Summer School 2017

Partial attendance options available

For All Levels
From the complete beginner to the professional dancer

Module 1:
18th – 22nd August

Friday dinner to Tuesday before dinner.
Arrival from 6:30pm.
All levels, beginners welcome

Module 2:
23rd – 27th August

Wednesday dinner to Sunday evening after Ball.
Arrival from 6:30pm.
Beginners: See note in module description below

This non-residential course is designed for all levels from the absolute beginner to the professional dancer, concentrating on the technique, presentation and notation of Baroque dance. It allows students to immerse themselves in number of skills associated with Baroque dance that are not possible to cover during a weekend course or series of evening classes. Students may attend the first weekend, one or both modules.

With its focus on a sound technical foundation, Module 1 equips newcomers to Baroque dance with a thorough grounding in basic skills.  Students will be taught a number of steps, and typical variations, in well-known dance rhythms such as bourée, sarabande, gigue and menuet, as well as basic arm motions.  More experienced dancers will have the opportunity for further in-depth study of various aspects of Baroque dance.

Module 2 will focus on performance as well as technical skills.  Students who have attended Module 1 will consolidate work previously covered, expanding their knowledge of step vocabulary and arm motions in a variety of musical rhythms.  Students attending Module 2 only (who should have previous Baroque or other dance experience) will further develop their skills in all aspects of technique and performance.  Workshops for all students will expand their knowledge and practice of Baroque dance in performance.

Note:  Beginners attending Module 2 only should, in the first instance, contact Philippa .

The Rubicon Centre has two dance studios with sprung floors and wall-length mirrors, a study room, café area, and changing and shower facilities.


The daily timetable includes at least two technique classes with different level mixes, to allow for consolidation and challenge, as well as costumed lecture-demonstrations and workshops on various aspects of Baroque dance such as:  Mechanics of Arm Motions, Baroque Gesture, Notation (reading & reconstruction), Dance Performance Skills (including musicality, use of arms & head as a means of expression etc.), Character Dance, Commedia & Mask Work, and Choreographing in the Baroque Style.

Classes run daily from 9:30am to 9:30pm unless otherwise stated, and are accompanied by recorded music or musicians on period instruments.  Dinner is provided on-site most evenings; lunch is not provided, but there are many local shops selling a variety of produce very close to the Rubicon Centre.


Free Time: Wednesday, August 23rd is a free day to explore Cardiff and surrounding areas. There will be shorter periods of free time available for those only attending one module, and optional workshops may be available Wednesday afternoon (subject to demand) open to students attending either module.

End of Course Masquerade Ball

Sunday 27th August
7:15pm at The Rubicon

The course will end with an All Periods Masquerade Ball and Buffet.  Period costume and/or masks optional.

Tickets:  £22.50 (course member not attending Module 2); £27.50 (non-course members); £45 couples (non-course members).


The course is non-residential, however, a limited number of rooms will be reserved at local student halls of residence.  Please see our accommodation information for details and for alternative accommodation.

More Information

Information about fees and a printable application form are available online.

If you have any questions, please contact Philippa Waite:

Phone: 07976 374482


Rubicon Dance Centre

Nora St., Adamsdown
CF24 1ND Cardiff
United Kingdom


+44 29 2049 0680
Philippa Waite is well known as a performer and teacher of Baroque dance.  She studied with Wendy Hilton and taught for her at the annual Baroque Music and... read more


+44 29 2049 0680
62 Caer Castell Place Consort de Danse Baroque
CF3 3PW Cardiff
United Kingdom