I study and teach European dancing of the fifteenth, sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. I'm particularly interested in Italian dancing, both because of the relative wealth of information, and because I love the style.

This is the home for much of what I write about renaissance dance: class-notes for my students, short blog-posts and longer essays on whatever I'm studying at the time, my own ongoing research.

This is - and probably always will be - a work in progress.

If you have questions, or there's something you'd like to see included, please let me know that too: I'll answer as well as I can. I always enjoy discussing historical dance, and nothing inspires me to add to this website like hearing from people who are using it. If you find an error, please let me know.


I've been a little slow in updating this site recently, in part because I'm busy rehearsing for our next show. Capriol (my renaissance dance group) is combining forces with the Affetto Players to bring to Auckland audiences

Il Ballo: dance and music of the Italian Renaissance

May 16-18, 7:30pm, Dolphin Theatre, Onehunga, Auckland NZ

Book here:  https://www.trybooking.co.nz/820

General admission $25, Concession $15

 Book now, share it with your friends, watch this space and our social media groups (search for "Il Ballo" on Facebook or Instagram) for updates as we rehearse. This one should be splendid - great music and fabulous dances ranging from light and playful, to passionate, to virtuosic. The Dolphin is a lovely theatre - about the perfect size and shape for renaissance dance, and every seat in the house is a good one.


The photo is of my partner David and I dancing Contentezza d'Amore. The photographer was N.J.Haliday.

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