We're a convivial group of men and women based in central London, who learn 18th century social dances and perform them in authentic costume to magnificent baroque music, recapturing the charm and playfulness of the Georgian ballroom.
The era is known for neat elegance but also boisterous fun, and both are reflected in the popular dances of the time. Styles like the minuet, sarabande and bourrée, with their distinctive rhythms and intricate geometric patterns, allowed fashionable dancers to show off their fine technique and graceful bearing. But later in the evening, everyone could join in the simpler and more lively contradanses - a rare opportunity to socialise and flirt, unrestrained by chaperones!
Although these dances appeared at court balls, provincial assembly rooms and private parties across Europe and its colonies for more than 250 years, they're now all but forgotten. We find them fascinating, challenging and enchanting - and so, a stone's throw from the site of some of the first performances, we bring them back to life.
If you're interested in becoming a member of the group, we'd be delighted to hear from you. You don't need to have any dance experience, just enthusiasm and a desire to learn. We're a friendly bunch and happy to answer any questions you may have.
Baroque dancing, really?
Don't take our word for how fun 18th century dancing is, have a look at this article "Too Hot to Handel" that the Covent Garden Journal wrote about us.
To our Chair, Olivia, who was unanimously voted in for a second term at our recent AGM.
- Film: Minuet for 5 Ladies
- Film: Court Minuet
Did you know?
There are always interesting 18th century things going on in London - check out the ones that have caught our eye.