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Nonsuch History & Dance

Annual Summer Course

“Summer Course 2020 

Double double Shakespeare’s Medieval Worlds & 16th Century Dances of the European Courts”


Shakespeare’s Medieval Worlds & 16th Century Dances of the European Courts


1520 The Field of the Cloth of Gold :

Where King Henry VIII of England meets King Francis of France, and dancing between the two courts with mumming, masquing, and merrymaking, (learning the dances written by Robert Copeland)


1542 - 1587 Mary Queen of Scots & Queen Consort of France – her education in courtly dance in France, based on 16th dance manual “Orchesographie” (published 1588)


1587 – 1603 King James VI of Scotland Dancing the Scottish Revels


Sample of Dances of the Historical Periods:





Basse Danse




Alongside dance classes, there may be chance to create art, play games and act out scenes from dramas of the times. Options will depend on interest and the Scottish weather!


Art Option: Heraldry – making banners & tabards


Shakespeare Option: Drama & Verse speaking


This course is for all levels of ability – please let us know your needs.





Thursday 30th July

Arrival Day

18:00 Gathering at Nithsdale Hotel, reception room. Welcome Party

19:30 Welcome Dinner in the Nithsdale Hotel


Friday 31st July : Medieval Dance

Town Hall

09:30 Hall is opened

10:00 – 11:30 Session 1: Medieval Motion Concepts (Reverence and Modes of Movement)

11:30 – 12:00 Refreshment Break

12:00 – 13:30 Session 2: Medieval Dance Ideas – dancing in circles and lines (The Farandole, Caroling)

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch break (picnic sandwiches and cakes provided)

15:00 – 17:00 Session 3: Medieval Dancing with Partners (Estampies of the Royal Courts)

19:30 Dinner at the Nithsdale Hotel


Saturday 1st August : Renaissance Dance

Town Hall

09:30 Hall is opened

10:00 – 11:30 Session 1: 16th Century Reverence : the European Court Dances of Basse Danse & Tourdion: Dances written by Robert Copeland (1521) & Anthonius Arena (1528)

11:30 – 12:00 Refreshment Break

12:00 – 13:30 Session 2: The Suite of Branles and Dances of the Tournament (Celebrating the anniversary of Thoinot Arbeau)

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch break (picnic sandwiches and cakes provided)

15:00 – 17:00 Session 3: Pavane & Tourdion

19:30 Dinner at the Nithsdale Hotel

21:00 – 22:30 “Double Double Toil and Trouble” an evening of dancing round the cauldron with Shakespeare’s Dancing Master – fairies, elves, witches and all things midsummer magical!


Sunday 2nd August : Creating a Pageant

Town Hall

09:30 Hall opened

10:00 – 11:30 Session 1: Dance Scenes in Shakespeare’s Drama

11:30 – 12:00 Refreshment Break

12:00 – 13:30 Session 2: Rehearsal of the Pageant

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch break – Visit to Crawick Multiverse (weather permitting)

15:00 – 17:00 Session 3: Pageant Staging to an invited audience (possibly at Multiverse if weather permits)

18:00 Dinner at the Nithsdale Hotel

20:00 – 22:30 The Nonsuch Sanquhar Shakespeare Revels – fun dances for all in the Town Hall!


Artistic Director: Darren Royston has been titled “Shakespeare’s Dancing Master” for his appearances on TV – including BBC’s THE GREATEST DANCER, SUNDAY BRUNCH SHOW, and with Len Goodman and Lucy Worseley in DANCING CHEEK TO CHEEK. He works internationally as a choreographer, dance consultant, director and performer – and promotes his published work DRAMATIC DANCE as part of the RADA series.

The fee for the course is £240, which includes sandwich lunches each day and 2-course evening meal each night. EARLY BIRD price £225 if booked by 1st June 




Early Booking is encouraged. Please email [info@nonsuchdance.co.uk] to express your interest as soon as possible. 

Please book ONLINE by 1st July (after this date, please contact us by email before paying the deposit) 

Total fee for Tuition Only = £150 

Total Fee for Tuition and Meals = £240 

EARLY BIRD price £225 if booked by 1st June 



All rooms must be booked independently. 

We can recommend the following: 

Nithsdale Hotel, Sanquhar - Nithsdale Hotel Restaurant [www.nithsdalehotel.com] Single / Twin / Double rooms, plus a Flat sleeping six person, with or without breakfast Newark Farm, Sanquhar [www.newarkfarm.com] Bed & Breakfast (also has Caravan Site and Self Catering accommodation) Blackaddie Country House Hotel [4 Star] [www.blackaddiehotel.co.uk

AIR BnB offer bookings in Sanquhar and the local area 

Please get in touch if you need help in finding a place to stay. 



Travel : 

Those travelling by train should arrive at Sanquhar station. 

Trains run from LONDON EUSTON to SANQUHAR with one change of train at CARLISLE. Trains run from GLASGOW direct to SANQUHAR. 

GLASGOW airport for national and international flights, including low-cost airlines from London [Gatwick / Luton / Stansted] 


POSTAL BOOKINGS can be made to 

NONSUCH HISTORY & DANCE, The Heathers, 15 Heath Road, Heath, Chesterfield, England, S44 5RP

The safety and security of the Nonsuch artists and participants in the Summer School is of paramount importance and we take this responsibility very seriously. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are awaiting further government guidance nearer the time of the start of Summer School to decide whether or not to cancel this year's course. 

For the moment please register your interest and we shall contact you nearer the time.

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