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^ Basingstoke Early Dance
Location: Berkshire, Hampshire and Middlesex. U.K.
Contact Information: robert.huggett@mail.sema.co.uk
Description: An amateur group performing the social dances of the period from 1450 to 1650. We can perform either to taped music or we can supply our own musicians. The group is primarily drawn from living history/re-enactment groups and so is also available for living history events.

^ Balletto Estense
Location: Modena, Italy
Contact Information: Web Page: http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Choir/1867/behomegb.html
Email: ballettoestense@iname.com
Postal: Via Spallanzani 54, MODENA 41100, ITALY
Phone: +39 059220182
FAX: +39 059220182

Description: The Cultural Association of Modena Balletto Estense is a non-profit organisation focusing on the study, research, choreographic reconstruction and teaching of early dance of all periods. Its purpose is the promotion of art, culture and social events. The group organizes classes, workshops, performances in early costume. It produces teaching papers on early dance for schools and teachers.

^ Chorea Historica
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Contact Information: Web Page: http://www.sweb.cz/Chorea.Historica/
Postal: V. Huga 1
150 00 Prague 5
Czech Republic
Description: The Ensemble Chorea Historica was founded in September 2000 under the professional leadership of Doc. Eva Kröschlová. The basis of their activity stays henceforth a reconstruction of authentic choreographies of the early and later Renaissance dance masters (Domenico da Piacensa, Guglielmo Ebreo, Fabritio Caroso, Thoinot Arbeau, Cesare Negri a.o.) Eva Kröschlová was instructed by such distinguished specialists as Barbara Sparti, Dorothée Wortelboer, Véronique Daniels, Jane Gingel u. a. She also choreographs new works based on historical compositions.

^ Coranto
Location: North Dorset, U.K.
Contact Information: Diana Scrivener
Description: A small professional company specialising in performances of dance and music from the Renaissance to the Baroque period.

^ The Court Dancers
Location: Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Contact Information: Artistic Director Cheryl Stafford
Description: Dance from the Renaissance to the Ragtime. Performance, Lecture Demonstration, Workshop, Ball.

^ Compagnia Gioiosa
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Contact Information: andrew@mun.ca
Description: Compagnia Gioiosa consists of ten dancers, four musicians, and various technical personnel. Andrew Draskóy and Alison Carter direct the company. We focus on 15th century Italian dances, but not exclusively.

^ Dance Revels Moving History
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Contact Information: 4221 Dupont Ave. So.
Mpls. Mn. 55409
+1 (612) 823-0776
Description: Dance Revels performs 16th century dance and commedia dell'arte. They have performed actively since 1991. Artistic director/dance historian is Jane Peck. Performances always include live music. They offer a variety of experiences , including performances of the ballroom and the theater dance of the 16th c., workshops for both amateur dancers and professionals, and school shows. Dance Revels also offers the above options in folk dance of Brittany, France, much of which dates to the time of the Renaissance. Our other performing material includes Baroque dance, dances of the fur trade era of the upper Midwest, and Regency/Empire dance. Call or e-mail for more info.

^ Danserey
Location: Landshut, Bavaria, Germany
Contact Information: Email: MichaelB@Danserey.de
Description: Danserey is a group of amateurs performing mainly dances of the 16th century, including period music. The group has focused on dances of the middle and lower classes and likes very much to perform in the streets during historical feasts and similar events.

^ Die Domenikaner
Location: Freiberg, Germany
Contact Information: Stefan Kuehn
Im Lettenacker 23
D-79588 Efringen-Kirchen

Tel: +49 7628 941297
Fax: +49 7628 941297
Email: duc.de.breme@pidas.com

Description: The "Domenikaner" do dances from the 15th century, the Renaissance and the Baroque. Available for performances at weddings and other events.

^ Compañía de Danza Histórica Esquivel
Location: Madrid, Spain
Contact Information: Email: ciadanza@esquivel.org
Phone: 34 91 448 54 35 / 34 636 589 519
Fax: 34 91 448 54 35 Postal: Compañia de danza historica Esquivel
Apdo.Correos 50.651
28080 Madrid
Description: Professional Company performing Spanish dance of the 15th-18th centuries. Directed by María José Ruiz, the company has performed in Spain since 1995, and has appeared in three films.

^ Forget-Me-Not
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Contact Information: Email: history@one.net
Phone: +1 (513) 474-0225
FAX: +1 (513) 474-0225
Description: Forget-Me-Not, The Historical Dance Company, performs social dances of the Renaissance, late 18th Century, 19th Century, and Ragtime.

^ Greensleeves
Location: Yorkshire and Lancashire, U.K.
Contact Information: p.kent@hud.ac.uk
Description: Performance group drawn from White Rose Early Dance (q.v.), led by Ann and Paul Kent. Work mainly on dances from 16th - 18th centuries, usually performing with the early music band The Leeds Waits, and occasionally to tapes.

^ Il Leoncello
Location: Milan, Italy
Contact Information: Email: leoncel@tin.it
Phone: 0331/450002
Fax: 0331/547807

Description: Il Leoncello, Scuola e gruppo di danza storica, researches and performs historical dances from XIV to XVIII century. The association was founded in Legnano (Milan) in 1993 and it is directed by Alessandro Pontremoli and Patrizia la Rocca. The group organizes courses, workshops and seminars on historical dances. The performing group of the Leoncello performs historical dances from the XIV to XVIII Century with costumes and original instruments, in historical squares, buildings and theatres.

^ Pavane Renaissance Dance Ensemble
Location: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
Contact Information: Pavane Renaissance Dance Ensemble, 29 Main Street, Acton MA 01720-3505, USA
Email: sheilabb@earthlink.net
Phone: +1 (978)263-9926
Fax: +1 (978)263-2366
Description: Pavane is New Hampshire's only Renaissance dance ensemble. Our company of 8 dancers dressed in Renaissance costumes perform dances from the late 15th- to early 17th century, accompanied by Concordia Consort.

^ Passo Ostinato
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Contact Information: Frank Travers
Maalse Steenweg 94
8310 Brugge

Tel: +32 50 35 79 97
Fax: +32 50 37 27 82
Email: Hein.Callens@advalvas.be

Description: v.z.w. Passo Ostinato is a Belgian association of twelve men and women who reconstruct and perform Burgundian, Spanish, French and especially Italian Renaissance dances and courtly dances from the 15th and 16th centuries. Led by professional choreographer Lieven Baert, the group performs in historical costume, regularly organising performances and workshops in theatres, castles and castle gardens.

^ Renaissance Historical Dance
Location: Devon, England
Contact Information: Web Page: http://members.aol.com/ukdancesoc/renais2.htm
Email: ukdancesoc@aol.com
Postal: Renaissance Historical Dance, c/o James Barry, 15 Avebury Road, Chippenham, SN14 0NX, Wiltshire, UK
Description: Performers of 15th-17th century European dances. All activities are performed in dress,extensively researched and with specialist tuition, appropriate to the period and social group portrayed. The group also demonstrates the use of the longbow, including a talk on its role in medieval times and its subsequent development into a social pastime are also part of the groups activities.

^ Pied en l'air
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Contact Information: Thommas Andersen
Siriusgatan 105
195 55 Marsta

Tel: +46 8 591 214 75
Email: thommas.andersen@flygt.com

Description: Pied en l'air is a 15 member amateur group focussing on Renaissance and Baroque dance. Their performances include theatre to link the dances together and give the programme a more interesting touch.

^ Società di Danza
Location: Bologna, Modena, Pisa, Faenza, & Livorno, Italy
Contact Information: Postal: Via Calvart 10, 40129 Bologna, Italy
Phone: +39 059 223723
Fax: +39 059 223723
Email: balsamo@di.unipi.it, mollica.fabio@iol.it
Web Page: http://www.di.unipi.it/~balsamo/sd/soc_dance.html
Description: The Società di Danza researches and performs Nineteenth Century and historical dances. The association was founded in Bologna in 1991 and it is directed by Fabio Mollica. It is now in various cities in Italy including Modena, Pisa, Faenza, Imola and Livorno. We collect and publish books and papers on historical dances, and run a training school for teachers (from 1993), a historical dance school (from 1994), and organize workshops, seminars and international schools on historical dances (from 1992). The performing group of the Societa' di Danza does historical dances from the XV to the XIX Century with costumes in historical squares, buildings and theatres.

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