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Peter Durham

Peter Durham researches, teaches, and performs historical dance of Western Europe from the years 1450 through 1651.

Dance Practices

These are evenings sponsored by local SCA groups where social dances from 1450-1651 are taught and enjoyed.

3rd Mondays at 7pm: at KapKa Cooperative School, 510 N 49th St., Seattle, WA, as part of the Madrone Baronial Social.

E-mail Peter for more information and directions.

Known World Dance Symposium

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.

Days of Dance

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.

Information about past events:
2010 2010A 2009 2009A 2008 2007 2006A 2005A 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001


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.

Past Performances

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.

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. Watch video of the 2007 renaissance and baroque performances.

1 May 2012: Peter performed with Seattle Early Dance in The Noble and Necessary Art of Dancing at Trinity Parish Church in Seattle, WA.

10-13 Nov 2011: Peter danced in the Cornish Opera Theater presentation of La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola d’Alcina.

25-27 Feb 2011: Peter danced in a production of The Indian Queen, a collaboration of Seattle Early Dance, Baroque Northwest, and Early Music Guild. Read the Seen and Heard review.

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.

13-14 Mar 2010, 20-22 Mar 2009: Peter performed Buffens, la Volta, and other dances with Seattle Early Dance at the ARC Dance Spring Dance 2010 and Spring Dance 2009 events.

6 Apr 2006: Peter performed with Seattle Early Dance in Capriole’s Caper, part of the Early Music Guild Early Music Discovery series at Town Hall in Seattle, WA.

20, 21, 28 Jan 2006: Peter was part of the Seattle Early Dance performances with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA as part of the Discover Music series.

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.

5 Dec 2004: Peter was part of the Seattle Early Dance performance at the Phinney Neighborhood Center Winter Festival.

Past Workshops

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.

CDs by Jouissance

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.