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Historical Dance Workshop in Florence, Italy

Historical Dance Workshop in Florence, Italy

A 1-week workshop in Italy to learn the social and theatrical dances from the 15th-19th.

Workshop Description

Learn to entertain the Royal Court during the Renaissance

If you have ever wanted to be a part of the many forms of social and theatrical dance that existed in the world during the Baroque period, this Historical Dance workshop is for you.  The term Baroque Dance is often used in reference to the French noble dance style and technique of the late 17th and early 18th-centuries. Cultivated by the dancing masters and dance activities at the court of Louis XIV, participants in this Historical Dance workshop will experience the style that greatly influenced dancing in ballrooms and that is still closely linked with music, theater and opera. What better way to learn than in the heart of Florence, Italy where you will feel history come alive!

This Historical Dance workshop will include Historical dance, or early dance which embraced social dancing of the courts and ballrooms of Europe, and choreography from theatre and court entertainment. The periods covered range from the fifteenth century to the nineteenth. Within this span, periods are often identified by titles, such as:

The workshop will include:

  • Renaissance dance (in England, Elizabethan dance and Tudor dance)
  • Baroque dance

Some typical dance forms are:

Basse danse, Bassa danza, Ballo, Tordion, Pavan (or pavanne), Almain (or almayne), Galliard, Canario, Passomezzo (or Passo e mezo), Country dance, Gigue, Sarabande, Rigaudon, Minuet (or Menuet), Cotillion, Quadrille, Mazurka, Waltz.


The Historical Dance workshop will be 4 hours a day for 1 week, with the possibility of performing the dances at the end of the workshop.

Suitable for all levels from the complete beginner to professional performer and those with an interest in Baroque music. You just need to have the interest and the desire!

*Group Rates Available. Please contact us for discounts. 

**This Historical Dance workshop can be combined with the Commedia dell’ Arte workshop.

What Is Included

  • Course: 20 hours, 1 week, Monday to Friday
  • Accommodation: Participants will stay in furnished apartments in Florence with wi-fi and air conditioning. Apartments will be available the day before the course starts until the day after it finishes
  • Welcome reception and drink
  • 24-hour access to our representative
  • Local in-country coordinators: All coordination teams are English speaking. Aside from the local support from your in-country team you’ll be given access to a 24/7 emergency phone line manned by our response team in case any problem should arise while you’re overseas

What Is Not Included

  • Health insurance. Each participant must show proof of medical coverage throughout stay in Florence, Italy
  • Flights are not included but Go Inspired can assist you in making your travel arrangements. We will meet you when you arrive in Florence
  • Food


Participants will have the option of participating in various excursions (some are at an additional cost).

  • Piazza Michelangelo at sunset
  • Visit to the Tuscan hot springs
  • Half day trip to Fiesole for spectacular views of Florence
  • Weekend trip to Cinque Terre

Additional Information

  • Bring light and comfortable clothing for the workshop.
  • Visas: If coming from outside Europe, please check to see visa requirements of your country. If coming from the United States/Canada, it is not necessary to have a visa if you will be studying less than 90 days.

Meet The Instructor

Marco Bendoni is a professional dancer and Commedia dell’Arte actor who works assiduously with recognized instrumental groups and baroque music such as Arpegiatta or Savall and combines their art with the teaching profession, offering numerous dance workshops in many cities. Marco has worked in different dance companies throughout the world. He has spent years studying Baroque and Renaissance dance in various countries.

Marco Bendoni


Participants Love It

I absolutely LOVED the teachers and each class was so full of learning and challenges. Thank you for running such a beautiful program and allowing us the opportunity to spend some lovely time in Florence!

Sunny W. (Washington D.C., USA)


Florence, Italy

July 15-19, 2024

Course in English

1495 Euros


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