Our symposium will feature a wide variety of activities centered on historical dance. There will be instruction in particular dances, presentations on research and reconstruction, dance performances, social dances, and more! Our schedule outlines how these all fit into the weekend.

Following KWDS practice, historical costume is required for the evening social dances, and is optional for the daytime sessions.

Opening dance social

To welcome attendees to the event, a free open dance practice will be held on Thursday evening at 7pm in Meany Hall. Please note that street shoes are not permitted in the dance studios.

Classes and workshop sessions

Symposium sessions will be held during the day on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday morning. With the exception of the Il Canario workshop, registration for specific classes is not required. A list of sessions is available here.

Day of Dance

Based on our local Day of Dance events, this is a special track aimed especially at locals and beginners. Six 30-minute workshops on Saturday afternoon will introduce different genres of historical dance. The dances taught in the afternoon will be the core of the Saturday evening dance.

Evening dances

The Friday and Saturday evening dances will be the showcases of the event, featuring live music (coordinated by the musician coordinator) and a set list of dances (determined by the activities coordinator based on input from pre-registered attendees). Saturday evening's dance will also include some special dance performances.

Closing Caroso ball

On Sunday afternoon, we'll hold a dance organized in accordance with many of the rules of etiquette described by Fabritio Caroso in Nobilta di Dame (1600).