Cécile Laye

Cécile Laye studied historical dances in England with Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society, Nonsuch History and Dance and the English folk Dance and Song Society. She studied in particular with renowned teachers or researchers such as Anne Daye, Anne Cottis, Peggy Dixon, Ethyl Anderson, Marjorie Fennessy, Tom Cook and Alan Davies. In France, she studied under Francine Lancelot, Andréa Francalancci and Barbara Sparti. In 1998 she founded the CHESTNUT company to make available the repertoire of figure dances of the time of the Stuarts and the English inheritance, from a literary and historical point of view, in collaboration with musicians, dancers, actors, singers, horse riders and fencers. She also graduated from Cours Florent in acting and staging. She played Shakespeare, Molière and Marivaux in Paris and elsewhere in France and takes part in creating new plays and shows. Over the years, Cécile has built up a strong experience as a dancing master and ball caller (French Renaissance balls/ English figure dances balls, or a mixture of both). At New London Assembly, Cécile will be teaching in English.