Historical Dance Program 

La Principessa Fedele     dance class

 La Principessa fedele

Description of the Program

For over twenty-five years the historical dance program has been a highly successful part of the Amherst Early Music Festival, itself the largest festival of its kind in the world. Students particularly enjoy the opportunity for performance, along with stimulating classes by dance historians and performers.

The theme of this year's Amherst Early Music Festival is "Music of France and the Low Countries." The Historical Dance Program reflects that theme, with a focus on dance materials from
those countries, and a fully staged production of Cadmus et Hermione (1673) by Jean-Baptiste Lully. Participants are entitled to attend many other events (including English country dancing, concert and lectures) in the evenings that are part of the Amherst Early Music Festival. All levels of dancers are welcome.

Dance Class Schedule

 Sondershausen Sing-Ballett, 2012   dance class          

Saturday, July 7
2:00-5:00 pm (with breaks!). *Baroque Dance Technique Class/Rehearsal. (Mainz, Olsson)
6:30-8:00 pm. *Baroque Dance Technique Class/Rehearsal. (Mainz, Olsson

Sunday, July 8
Early morning. Individual practice time.
10:00-11:30 am. *Baroque Dance Technique Class/Rehearsal. (Mainz, Olsson

Note: Participation in the opera is reserved for full-time dancers; others are accepted only by audition.

1:00-4:00 pm (with breaks!). *Dance Rehearsal for Lully's Cadmus et Hermione.

*These classes will serve as both audition and rehearsal for the dance roles for the Baroque Opera Project (Lully's Cadmus et Hermione, July 13 performance). All dancers wishing to perform in this production must attend these sessions.

Monday-Friday, July 9-13

9:00-10:30 am. Baroque Dance Technique (Mainz, Olsson
). Technique class in eighteenth-century dance with steps, step combinations, arm movements, and phrases from notated choreographies by Pécour, Feuillet and others (passacaille, sarabande, rigaudon, chaconne, etc.).

11:00 am-12:15 pm. Baroque Dance Topic. (Mainz)
Phrases from dances by French choreographers (including Pécour, Feuillet, Balon, and L'Abbé) focusing on variations of basic steps.

11:00 am-12:15 pm. Introduction to Renaissance and Baroque Dance. (Olsson)
Social dances of the 15th - 18th centuries (pavan, branle, courante, sarabande, and others) with a special emphasis on dances from French sources. Open to all.

1:30-3:00 pm. Individual Practice or rest. [Dance studio space will be available.]

3:30-5:30 pm. Dance Rehearsal (Mainz, Olsson
). Rehearsals for Baroque Opera (Lully's Cadmus et Hermione, performance Friday evening, July 13, 8:00 pm).Possible evening rehearsals on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Opera dress rehearsal, late Thursday evening.