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​​​​​International Summer Course in Historical

Dance and Drama

August 4th - 8th August 2023

Taking place in the Town of Sanquhar

Friday 4 August for evening welcome reception-
Robert the Bruce medieval pageantry
Saturday 5 August - the European Renaissance:

Scottish James Crichton trains as a gentlemen

in the art of dance
Sunday 6 August Robert Burns learns to dance
Monday 7 August (national holiday in Scotland)

The Revenge of the Admirable Crichton:

the story of Vincenzo Gonzaga (Duke of Mantua)

in dance, drama and villainous skulduggery!

Please advise your interest at your earliest


Summer course fees:
Full course £255
Early Bird booked before 21st June £235

Nonsuch member £230
Daily rate for local participant: £25



Dancing Master:


(Dramatic Dance RADA, The Laban Guild for Movement & Dance,

                                    Paradance UK, Harmonic Interactive Healing)


If you have a non-dancing partner they can eat with the group in the evening, please ask for prices.


All rooms must be booked independently. 

We can recommend the following: 

  • Bed & Breakfast (also has Caravan Site and Self Catering accommodation) Newark Farm

AIR BnB offer bookings in Sanquhar and the local area 

Please get in touch if you need help in finding a place to stay or with the travel arrangements.


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] 


We will be following Covid 19 Cultural Performance and Events Guidance from the Scottish Government. To reduce risk and to create a safe environment during the Course. Specific guidance will be sent out a week prior to attending. We encourage international travellers to check the latest advice from the country of departure to Scotland.   

Any queries on the course please email []


SUMMER COURSE Testimonials

In July 2019 we came together to recreate the Masque of the Planets, originally created by Leonardo de Vinci for the Duke of Milan in 1490. This took place in the Scottish village of Sanquhar, a delightful venue with the dance hall literally across the road from the Nithsdale Hotel, where many of us stayed and enjoyed excellent hospitality and food.

Darren Royston led us with friendly expertise through the steps and techniques of Italien Renaissance dance, making it easy to absorb and remember. From there we rehearsed the individual dances of the masque,.each one representing a planet, as many as were known at that time, and each expressing the culture of the era. This culminated with a performance in costumeinfront of of an audience of the local people, who really enjoyed it, as did we.

I really enjoyed the social side too, including a Sunday morning walk to the Crawick Multiverse Art project nearby, followed by a delicious buffet lunch. a superbly organised memorable few days in a lovely setting ~ I would definitely come to another Nonsuch Summer Course.


I was inspired by the Nonsuch Summer Course 2019 in Sanquhar Scotland 2019. Darren Royston teaches from a deep historical understanding while acknowledging the socio economic humanity in which these dances were created. The dancers whether beginner or professional were challenged and included in the final presentation. The Course was well organized and provided several choices for food and lodging so that attendees could choose what worked best for them. I returned to teaching my Dance for Parkinson’s classes with many dances and steps I could use to introduce my students to historical dance. Thank you for being so welcoming Nonsuch Dance and beautiful Sanquhar.

Virginia Belt

Portland, Oregon, USA 

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