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Summer Baroque Dance Workshops 2021

Crash course in Baroque dance and notation: July 17 (Sat)
Intensive workshop: July 19–23 (Mon–Fri)
Instructor: Ken Pierce

These workshops are for anyone who is interested in learning more about Baroque dance. For the one-day crash course, no prior experience with early dance or with dance notation is required. Dancers and dance teachers from other dance genres—such as ballet or modern dance—are welcome, as are singers and instrumentalists who have had some dance training. The weeklong intensive is for those who have some prior experience with Baroque dance and notation.

Because of lingering uncertainty about the trajectory of the COVID pandemic, this year's workshops will be taught online, with movement sessions designed to accommodate small spaces and challenging floors.

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Crash course in Baroque dance and notation: July 17 (Sat)

1:30–3:00 p.m.
Warmup and Baroque dance technique. Warmup, basic steps, and practice step sequences, designed to fit in a small space.
3:15–4:15 p.m.
Notation. Lecture and discussion about the Beauchamps-Feuillet system of Baroque dance notation.
4:30–5:30
Practice session. Learning steps-sequences from notated dances.

An online workshop in Baroque dance basics: an overview of commonly used steps and some of their variants, and of the relationship between dance and music in different rhythms and meters. There will also be an introduction to the Baroque dance notation system that was used to record and publish ballroom and theatre dances in the early 18th century.

Suitable for those with little or no Baroque dance experience who would like a concentrated introduction to the material. Taught online via Zoom. Movement sequences will be designed for small spaces.

Cost: $40

Intensive workshop: July 19–23 (Mon–Fri)

1:30–3:00 p.m.
Warmup and Baroque dance technique. Warmup, basic steps, and practice step sequences, designed to fit in a small space.
3:15–4:15 p.m.
Notation and sources. Lecture and discussion about understanding and interpreting Baroque dance notations.
4:30–5:30
Baroque dance repertory. Movement sessions devoted to learning material from dance notations.

An intensive workshop in Baroque dance (European ballroom and theatrical dance of the late 17th and early 18th centuries). Emphasis will be placed on solo repertory, though we will also study a couple dance notated by Pierre Rameau using his "new method" of dance notation.

Suitable for students who have some prior experience with Baroque dance and notation. Taught online via Zoom. Movement sequences will be designed for small spaces.

Cost: $200

About the Instructor

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Ken Pierce trained in ballet and modern dance, studying on scholarship at both the American Ballet Theatre School and the Merce Cunningham studio. He has specialized in early dance—especially, late-Renaissance and Baroque dance—for the past three decades, as choreographer, reconstructor, performer, and teacher. Companies he has performed with include the Court Dance Company of New York, the New York Baroque Dance Company, Ris et Danceries (Paris), Danse Baroque Toronto, and the baroque dance trio Hémiole (Paris), of which he was a co-founder. He directs his own company, the Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company, for which he has choreographed or reconstructed dances for performances with Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, The King’s Noyse, Handel & Haydn Society, and the Boston Early Music Festival. Choreographic credits include dances for Les Élémens, Les Festes d’Hébé, Tirsi e Clori, and les Festes de l’Amour et de Bacchus; King Arthur at the Boston Early Music Festival, and such twentieth-century premières as Le Carnavale Mascarade; Les Plaisirs de Versailles, with Ex Machina Baroque Opera Ensemble; the masque Oberon, at Case Western Reserve University; and le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos at the Amherst Early Music Festival. He was assistant choreographer for Quelques pas graves de Baptiste, Francine Lancelot’s baroque-style piece for the Paris Opera Ballet, whose cast included Rudolph Nureyev. Mr. Pierce has taught at summer dance and music workshops in the U.S. and abroad. He directs the early dance program at the Longy School of Music of Bard College (Cambridge), and teaches classes and workshops at the Integrarte studio in Boston.

Tuition and Registration

Please note that the registration deadline, for either workshop, is July 15.

Crash course (July 17): $40
Intensive workshop (July 19–23): $200

You may register

In order to participate in either of these workshops, you must have an internet connection and a computer or camera-equipped device that will allow you to connect via Zoom.

As part of the registration process, each workshop participant will be asked to sign Integrarte’s standard waiver form.

For Further Information

For further information about either workshop, please contact the instructor, Ken Pierce, at kpierce@mit.edu.