Herts Early Dance was founded in 2002 as a social club for all those interested in the dances and music of earlier times. Dancers and musicians meet about every three weeks in St Albans. Most meetings are led by either our principal tutor, Anne Daye, or another experienced tutor. The dances are selected from a wide range of styles and periods mainly focusing on the 15th to 17th centuries.
Our sessions aim to be a light hearted, enjoyable and sociable setting for developing our understanding of historical dance.
We welcome newcomers and encourage people to come to meet us to see what we do. The first session is completely free. For subsequent sessions we ask for a session fee (currently £5), and an annual membership of £10.
Our musicians, The Presence, provide the live music for meetings.
The photograph on the left shows The Presence playing for the May Revels
The highlight of the year is the May Revels, when members enjoy a feast, entertainments and dancing, and period costume is worn.
The photograph on the right shows the crowning of the May Queen. The link to our Gallery also has more video and photographs from the May Revels.