Dance workshops aim to bring history to life

Participants in an Early Music dance workshop.
Participants in an Early Music dance workshop.

If you like dancing and want to try something completely different, Galway Early Music is offering four dance workshops designed for people who’d like to try historical dance.

These will begin on Sunday, April 28, and are in advance of the Galway Early Music Festival, which will run from May 24-26, with the theme of A Song and a Dance.

The first two workshops will focus on 17th century Playford dances (the ancestors of céilí and set dances).

Felicity Maxwell will teach dances from the earliest Playford publication (1651) and participants will explore tunes and dances from England, Scotland and Ireland in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Those workshops will run on Sunday, April 28 and on Sunday, May 5, from 2-4pm each day.

The following two workshops, on May 12 and 19, will focus on Medieval and Renaissance dances.

Lise Carrel will bring participants back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance by teaching the dances of those times, while also exploring more recent French traditional dances that have clear Medieval roots.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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