Historical dance Summer workshop in Normandie France

by Chestnut and Fantaisies Baroques 

DSC_6188Chestnut and Fantaisies Baroques welcome you in Normandy from August 9 to 14, 2015 for a workshop of period dances.

  1. Contents
  2. Schedule
  3. Workshop description
  4. Evenings
  5. Instructors
  6. Location 
  7. Fees
  8. How to get there
  9. Welcome
  10. Registration
  11. Contact


logo_100_transparent_vertchestnutWith three different subjects and three instructors, you’ll be able to make up your own schedule according to your tastes and how energetic you feel! You may opt for an intensive dance programme, up to 7 hours daily, or choose a mix of workshops and time for restingLogo Fantaisies Baroques or for touring the area. Each day will start at 9 a.m. with a half hour of warming up exercises, led by each instructor in turn.

Daily Schedule

9h45 - 12h45 English figure dances***Baroque dancesEnglish figure dances***Baroque dancesEnglish figure dances***Baroque dancesEnglish figure dances***Baroque dances
14h30 - 16h30English figure dances */**Danse 1er EmpireEnglish figure dances */**Danse 1er Empire
17h - 19hDanse 1er EmpireEnglish figure dances */**Danse 1er EmpireEnglish figure dances */**
19h15 DinnerDinnerDinnerDinner
21hWelcome ballFilms and team quizz on period dancesTo be decided by traineesA show by Fantaisies Baroques and a Costume Ball including the dances studied in the workshops. (Please note: costume is not a must.)

Workshop Description

English Figure Dances Workshop

(Ateliers de Danses à Figures Anglaises: DAFA)

DAFA Morning Workshop (9:45-12:45) (**/***): this is a workshop for dancers already quite familiar with figure dances andDSC_6054alphaable to memorise long sequels of movements. It will be devoted to a modern repertoire and new choreographers. The final choice of dances will be made according to how many persons take part.

DAFA Afternoon Workshop (alternately 14:30-16:30 and 17:00-19:00) (*/**): this workshop is meant for people with a previous experience of dancing who would like to practice English figure dances; and for those who already know some of these dances and wish to broaden their repertoire and work on teaching problems. We’ll start with «The Whirligig» (Playford 1651). Each part will be prepared by exercises and dances on the figure being learned: half figure of eight (1st day) / figure of eight, circular hey and straight hey for three (2nd day) /  double figure of eight (3rd day). On the last day we’ll go over the whole programme.

Baroque Dances (DB) and Premier Empire (DPE)

DB Morning Workshop (9:45-12:45)for dancers wishing to start or improve in baroque dance techniques. We’ll work on the codes of baroque dancing, based on Pierre Rameau’s 1725 treatise Le Maître à Danser. We’ll then put them in practice based on a choreography out of the baroque repertoire: Sieur Dubreil’s La Bavaroise, a figure dance for two for the ball, and on the contredanse, also called Bavaroise, written in 1718.

DPE Afternoon Workshop (alternately 14:30-16:30 and 17:00-19:00) for dancers interested in dance techniques in useIMG_0677at the time of Napoleon I (Premier Empire) as found in the books of dance master Gourdoux-Daux. The source of inspiration for these ballroom dances is stage dancing. On our programme: La Gavotine, derived from Gavotte de Vestris, out of Dance Book T.B. 1826.


Evening entertaiment will be organized for trainees and instructors to share a good time:

Monday: welcome dance

Tuesday: films and team quizz on period dances

Wednesday: will be decided by trainees

Thursday: a show by Fantaisies Baroques and a Costume Ball including the dances studied in the workshops. (Please note: costume is not a must.)


Cécile LAYE

IMG_0546Cécile Laye studied historical dances in England with Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society, Nonsuch History and Dance and EFDSS (English folk Dance and Song Society). She studied in particular with famous teachers or researchers such as Anne Daye, Anne Cottis, Peggy Dixon, Ethyl Anderson, Marjorie Fennessy, Tom Cook and Alan Davies. In France, she studied under Francine Lancelot, Andréa Francalancci and Barbara Sparti. In 1998 she founded the CHESTNUT company to make available the repertoire of figure dances of the time of the Stuarts and the English inheritance, from a literary and historical point of view, in collaboration with musicians, dancers, actors, singers, horse riders and fencers. She also graduated from Cours Florent in acting and staging.


After a diploma in ballet dancing, Irène Feste studied « Belle Dance » with  L’Eclat des Muses, a company led byIrène FesteChristine Bayle. In 2007, she founded her own company with Pierre-François Dollé:  Fantaisies Baroques. They design and perform dance/theatre shows in schools and music schools. Irène Feste specialises in baroque and Premier Empire (Napoleonic time) dances, her two main fields of research. She regularly dances with compagnie Divertimenty.

Pierre-François DOLLÉ

After studying various subjects at the Köln academy, Pierre-Pierre-François DolléFrançois Dollé started dancing many different styles in several companies, working in Germany, England and other countries. Back in France he graduated as a dance teacher (DE diploma). His path also crossed Christine Bayle’s with whom he created many ballets. Besides he dances in another company, l’Eventail, and has a strong choreographing activity in various styles.


Le Tapis Vert, a residence for artists nestling in a large estate in the Normandie-Maine park, offers several accommodation possibilities on site, from boarding-house to rented rooms and camping. Also on site, two superb halls for activities and a circus tent make for a high quality environment.

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Class fees : 1 class : 125€/pers.  / 2 classes : 180€/pers.  / 3 classes : 235€/pers. Accommodation and meals :  

Note: before registering, please call 01 45 70 83 94 to find out what accommodation is available.

All prices for one personSingle roomRoom with 2 single bedsRoom with 1 double bedRoom with several bedsCamping
Full board238 €/ pers. 196 €/ pers.186 €/ pers. 178 €/ pers. 158 €/ pers.
Partial board174 €/ pers. 132 €/ pers. 130 €/ pers. 114 €/ pers. 94 €/ pers.
Nights only,
no meals*
110 €/ pers. 68 €/ pers.65 €/ pers. 50 €/ pers. 30 €/ pers.
*Cooking facilities : please check with us

How to get there

  1. By car

Le Tapis vert is 200 km away from Paris and 130 km away from Rennes.

  1. By train

The nearest train station is Alençon, reached either through Surdos from Paris Montparnasse-Vaugirard or by TGV through le Mans. Share taxi or car from Alençon station.


Trainees are welcome from Sunday, August 9 at 17:00. Departure on Friday, August 14 after breakfast.


Note: before registering, please call us at 01 45 70 83 94 to find out what accommodation is available. Registration form here.

Contact – Information

contact@chestnut.fr or 01 45 70 83 94


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