Dance Programs

Opera perfomance at AEMF 15Historical Dance Program

Week One, July 9-16, 2017

Faculty: Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar D. Mainz

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 England and Spain" The Historical Dance Program will focus on dance materials from those countries, and a fully-staged production of the Baroque opera, King Arthur, by Henry Purcell. All Festival participants can sign up for dance classes, however only full time dance students will perform in the opera. 


English Country Dance Program: New London Assembly


Week Two, July 16-23, 2017 

Brad Foster, Director, with Andrew Shaw and Philippe Callens

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. Musicians tba.