We are a group of enthusiasts brought together by our love of music, dancing and costume of past centuries. Established in 1985 we are a non profit making organisation whose aim is to promote and preserve the the knowledge of early dance. Using published research, based on original source material we perform mainly 16th century court and country dances from England and the Continent, together with giving displays of the contemporary crafts and social activities of the times. We appear at many events throughout the Southwest including National Trust properties, living history re-enactment, fetes, festivals, pageants, parades and weddings. The group also gives workshops to local schools linking in with the National Curriculum. Our performing repertoire of dance and parade which has been built up over the many years the group has been in existence also extends to the Mediaeval, Stuart and Victorian periods. The costumes, accessories and props we use are as authentic as possible. We hold costume workshops for practical advice where members are helped to design and make their own costumes. We can also lend costumes to help you get started.
We meet to practice usually on the first Saturday morning of each month at a venue in Exeter.
Our programmes are designed to provide entertainment, information, authenticity and interactivity. This will ensure your visitors will enjoy the experience and leave with a greater understanding of what it was really like to live, dance and play in past times. Fancy your hand at baby swaddling or making pomanders or lace? Do you want to learn about Tudor cookery or medicine or see a display of the foods and utensils used? Whatever your event we can tailor our performance to your needs offering your visitors the chance to enjoy our rich historical past through dance and craft.
If you would like to know more please contact us as follows:
For membership or to book an event please contact our Events Organiser/Dance Mistress:
Elizabeth Thurgood (Founder and Secretary)
Jill Kemp (Chair)
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org