Nonsuch History & Dance – Online Club

From Fall to Spring: six months for studying six centuries of dance!

Starting in October 2020!

Join Darren Royston, celebrated choreographer and teacher, for online sessions exploring historical dances from medieval periods to the nineteenth century.

Darren, together with guest teachers, artists, specialists, and friends, will recreate historical dance using music, paintings, costumes, history and drama from different periods.

From Fall to Spring will move through historical periods and learn the early dance essentials based on latest research and the Nonsuch repertoire, as published in Peggy Dixon’s “Dances from the Courts of Europe” and Darren Royston’s “Dramatic Dance.”

How the Online sessions work

Two hours dance classes including physical warm-ups, Laban-based movement training exercises, a historical dance technique class with a demonstration of original choreographies and finishing with a discussion as a chance to chat and socialise.

Intense dance instruction will take one hour of the two-hour session with the option to get a feedback from the instructor.

Sessions are open to beginners – as each class explores the basic of a historical style, with examples of the period, discussion of the art and people of the time.

Notes will be provided one week in advance before the class, and some preparation of reading, online surfing, listening to music, and studying dance and art samples is recommended between the classes.


Tickets are bookable from EVENTBRITE

Admission: £10 per class / £8 for Members of NONSUCH HISTORY AND DANCE

Membership of NONSUCH costs £18 per year.

Members will receive a code for reduction when booking.

Bursaries are also available: please contact NONSUCH for further details.


2020 Series One (5 classes over 3 months)

SESSION 1 Sunday 25th October: Medieval Realms: Estampie & Basse Danse.

SESSION 2 Sunday 15th November: The Italian 15th Century Renaissance: the Dancing World of Leonardo da Vinci.

SESSION 3 Sunday 29th November: Elizabethan England and the Art of Orchesography: Lascivious La Voltas.

SESSION 4 Sunday 13th December: Renaissance Revels: 16th & 17th Centuries Italian Dances and the Jacobean Court.

SESSION 5 Sunday 27th December: Christmas is Restored: Revels for All

2021 Series Two (5 sessions over 3 months)

SESSION 6 Sunday 10th January: The King is Dancing: Dances from 1660 – 1715.

SESSION 7 Sunday 24th January: Enlightened Dance: Dances from 1715 – 1790, including Scottish Golden Age.

SESSION 8 Sunday 7th February: Jane Austen Dancing: Bouncing Cotillions!

SESSION 9 Sunday 21st February: Regency Ballroom: or the Art of being Improper.

SESSION 10 Sunday 7th March: Dancing with Queen Victoria: the Close Embrace.

SESSION 11 Sunday 21st March: THE FINAL “ONLINE” Spring Equinox BALL

Further information


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was founded by Peggy Dixon as a performance company in 1966. Under the artistic leadership of Darren Royston, the company continues its legacy of research,... read more