Peter Durham researches, teaches, and performs historical dance of Western Europe from the years 1450 through 1651.
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, dance practices are suspended through at least 31 May 2021.
These are evenings sponsored by local SCA groups where Peter teaches social dances from 1450-1651 so that all interested can participate.
1st Thursdays at 7pm: just south of downtown Kirkland, WA (Email Peter for more details and directions).
Peter has prepared and taught a variety of classes providing overviews of dance through this period, focus on particular types of dance, and information about the sources. Classes can be customized to meet the needs of your group.
Courtly Dances of Western Europe 1450-1650 contains branles, balli, almans, country dances, and more.
Dances from the Inns of Court London 1570-1675 contains the eight Old Measures plus two more almans.
Pamphlets with instructions for dances are also available.
20 Oct 2019, 21 Oct 2018, 22 Oct 2017, 23 Oct 2016, 25 Oct 2015, 26 Oct 2014, 27 Oct 2013, 21 Oct 2012, 24 Oct 2010, 23 Oct 2009, 27 Oct 2007, 29 Oct 2005: Peter performed with other students at the Seattle Early Dance Costume Ball at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, WA.
17 Nov 2018: Peter and Seattle Early Dance teamed up with Seattle Historical Arts for Kids' Early Music Youth Academy to present dances from Caroso and Negri.
12-19 Jul 2014: Peter was part of the faculty of the Madison Early Music Festival, teaching and performing with Anna Mansbridge at the ball, dance classes, student concert, and concert series performance with Ex Umbris.
6-12 Jul 2013: Peter participated in the Madison Early Music Festival, performing with Anna Mansbridge in her lecture/demo, at the masqued ball, and in the student concert.
27 Jun - 3 Jul 2010: Peter attended the San Francisco Early Music Society Medieval & Renaissance workshop, participating in the lecture/demo, faculty concert, student concert, and masque performance.
11 Jun 2005: Peter was part of the Seattle Early Dance performance at the LAUNCH forum at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ballard, part of the Second Saturday Ballard Art Walk.
11-13 Feb 2005: Peter danced the part of a huntsman in the Early Music Guild production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, a baroque opera. Performances were at the Falls Theater at ACT in Seattle. Read the Seattle Post-Intelligencer review.
25 Jun 2013, 24-25 Jun 2007, 26-27 Jun 2006, 27-28 Jun 2005 and 30 Jun-1 Jul 2004: Peter taught workshops on the Old Measures and on dances from Shakespeare at the Rex McGuinn Shakespeare Conference at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH.
18-19 May 2005: Peter taught workshops on dances from Shakespeare at the Shakespeare Festival at Maranacook Community High School in Readfield, ME.
17 Feb 2005: Peter taught workshops on dances from Shakespeare for students of the Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, CO.
18 - 25 Jun 2016: Peter taught at the SCA 50 Year Celebration in the European Dance track. Download handouts for the classes: Dances from Shakespeare, My Favorite Galliards, My Favorite Canaries, Mommy, Where Do Dances Come From?, and The Old Measures.
Peter has taught at most of the KWDS events since 1997. At KWDS XI in Germany, he taught Beginning Caroso Dances and My Favorite Galliards. He organized KWDS VI in Seattle, which featured three days of workshops, and three evenings of dance. See the event web site for all the details. Peter taught Survey of European Dance Sources or similar classes in 1997, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2013.
These annual SCA events combine four hours of instruction in the afternoon with an evening of dancing to live music. In 2012, we did Day of Dance as a full day track at the Performing Arts Grand Ithra in Bellevue, WA on 17 Nov 2012.