The Company was founded in 1982, and is a group of about twenty men and women, of all ages and with a wide variety of occupations. We perform the social dances of the 18th century, in particular the minuet, in full authentic costume, and aim to recapture the spirit and atmosphere of the grand events that took place in the Georgian Assembly Rooms. We rehearse once a week in the Covent Garden area of London with our dancing mistress, the renowned baroque dance specialist Sarah Cremer.
If you're interested in joining us, we'd love to hear from you. You don't need to have any dance experience, just enthusiasm and the desire to learn. We're especially keen to hear from men, as our gentlemen are currently outnumbered and need new recruits to swell the ranks!
Drop us a line - we're a friendly, fun-loving bunch, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Our dancing mistress, Sarah Cremer, has been involved with the Company since its founding.
Sarah studied at Bush Davies School, training in classical ballet, jazz and tap, all of which play a part in her active career as a performer, choreographer and teacher. She had a long and fruitful relationship with the English Bach Festival, (specialising in 17th and 18th century dance) both as a choreographer and as principal dancer for over twenty five years. She worked with Stephen Preston to establish the highly innovative dance theatre company, Mzt, in 1997, with work subsequently featured in the BBC's series 'Man and Music' and highlighted at the South Bank Centre and as part of the Early Music Network tours.
Sarah has achieved recent success with a wide range of works, including Orpheus in the Underworld, Tales of Hoffman for Central Festival Opera, Carmen for Castleward Opera, and Much Ado About Nothing for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Recently Sarah worked on choreography for French author and metteur-en-scène Alain Germain and Ballet Théâtre Musical de France in his inventive re-staging of Le Malade Imaginaire.
Now established as a lead examiner and external moderator in Performing Arts, she is also in demand as a teacher and dance consultant. A regular visiting lecturer at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Northern Contemporary Dance, and at Dartington College International Summer School, Sarah is currently Head of Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Media at West Kent College.