Dance Programs

Opera perfomance at AEMF 15Historical Dance Program

Week One, July 10-17, 2016

For over twenty-five years the Historical Dance Program has been a highly successful part of the Amherst Early Music Festival, itself the largest festival of its kind in the world. Students particularly enjoy the opportunity for performance, along with the stimulating classes by dance historians and performers.

The theme of this year's Amherst Early Music Festival is "Music of the German Lands." The Historical Dance Program will focus on dance materials from the German Lands, and a fully-staged production of the Baroque opera, Pomona, by Reinhard Keiser. All Festival participants can sign up for dance classes, however only full time dance students will perform in the opera.

Faculty: Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar Mainz. 



English Country Dance Program: New London Assembly


Week Two, July 17-24, 2016 

Brad Foster, Director

An All-day program of classes, lectures, and evening dancing. Learn traditional English country dances and learn about the 17th-century country dances they inspired. You can also take a music class if you wish.  






Brad Foster

Colin Hume


Shira Kammen, violin

Emily O'Brien, recorders

Jacqueline Schwab, piano