Historical dances summer training courses 2016

by Chestnut & Fantaisies Baroques 


Chestnut and Fantaisies Baroques welcome you from July 30 to August 4, 2018 to their fourth summer school of period dances in Normandy.

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






      • Figure dances, from the Italian tradition to the English one (16th and 17th century)
      • Baroque dances
      • Regency dances
      • Danse 1er Empire

With four different subjects and three instructors (Cécile Laye, Irène Feste and Pierre-François Dollé), 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 6 hours daily, or choose a mix of workshops and time for resting 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.

In our workshops, the programme allows for all levels of dancing. Each dancer will be taught variations suitable to his/her possibilities.


9.00-9.30Warming upWarming upWarming upWarming up
9.45 - 12.45 Dancing in Europe 16th- 17th centuries : Italian, French and English traditions Baroque Dances Dancing in Europe 16th- 17th centuries : Italian, French and English traditions Baroque DancesDancing in Europe 16th- 17th centuries : Italian, French and English traditions Baroque Dances Dancing in Europe 16th- 17th centuries : Italian, French and English traditions Baroque Dances
15.00 - 16.30Jane Austen & Regency Dances French 1rst Empire & Restauration Jane Austen & Regency DancesFrench 1rst Empire & Restauration
17.00 - 18.30French 1rst Empire & RestaurationJane Austen & Regency DancesFrench 1rst Empire & RestaurationJane Austen & Regency Dances
19.15 DinnerDinnerDinnerDinner
21.00Team quiz on dancesFilms Free eveningShow and costume ball including workshop dances. (Please note: costume is not a must.)


MORNING : XVIIth century dances out of France, England and Italy.

Figure Dances Workshop (FD) (3 hours : 9:45-12:45) : Cécile Laye

16th and 17th century Figure Dances: from the Italian to the English tradition

Picking in both repertoires, we’ll study choreographies built on different measures or choreographies with different ways of filling the same measure. We’ll also see how the same dance evolves from walking to figures. DSC_6054alpha

  • Barriera (a Fabritio Caroso choreography published in 1581)
  • Spanish Pavan – (Arbeau’s and Santucci’s variations, 1588 and early 17th century)
  • Graies Inne Mask (published by John Playford in 1651)
  • Sweet Kate (published by John Playford in 1670)
  • Monk’s March with the Wanders (The Dancing Master – John Young, 1710)

Baroque Dances Workshop (BD) (3 hours: 9:45-12:45): Irène Feste and Pierre-François Dollé

  • « La Contredanse », a ball dance for one man and one woman choreographed by Louis-Guillaume Pécour, on a music from the Italian Opera « Xerxès » written by Francesco Cavalli and Jean-Baptiste Lully.  Xerxes was staged at the Louvre castle in the paintings gallery for the King, just after his marriage to Maria Teresa of Austria, the Spanish Infanta, in 1660. (ref. La Belle Dance, catalogued byFrancine Lancelot, 1995)
  • « Le Cotillon des Festes de Thalie », a kind of contredanse for four couples.

AFTERNOON : early 19th century dances from France and England

Regency Dances workshop (DR) (1h30 : 15h/16h30 or 17h/18h30 on alternate days) : Cécile Laye

We’ll cover figure dances published in writer Jane Austen’s lifetime (1775-1817) or related to the Regency period (1811-1820) during which the Prince of Wales, elder son of George III (1760-1820), ruled by proxy. We’ll see some specific English country dance characteristics:

  • Chichester Bells (James Platts, 1797)
  • Lord Grantham Whim (Alexander Wills, 1810)
  • La Fête du Régent (Mrs Eliston, dancing master in Bath, 1812)
  • Lady Charlotte Campbell’s Waltz

Danses 1er Empire (DE) workshop (1h30 : 15h-16h30 or 17h-18h30 on alternate day) : Irène Feste and Pierre-François Dollé

  • 3rd quadrille out of the « 28ème Recueil de Contre-danse et Waltzer » by Louis Julien Clarchies, former Conductor of the Court Balls. Five contredanse figures named La Laurence, La Léocadie, La Rodolphe, La Mendoce, La Trufaldin. We’ll use the vocabulary found in Jean-Henri Gourdoux-Daux’s works.



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:  Costume Ball including the dances studied in the workshops. (Please note: costume is not a must.)



Cécile LAYE

Cécile 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.

Irène Feste


After a diploma in ballet dancing, Irène Feste studied « Belle Dance » with  L’Eclat des Muses, a company led by Christine 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

Pierre-François DOLLÉ

After studying various subjects at the Köln academy, Pierre- François 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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Tuition prices (€/pers.) : 

1 hour 30 Module : €125

  • Danses 1er Empire (1h30 in the afternoon)
  • Regency dances (1h30 in the afternoon)


3 hour Module:  €190

  • Baroque dances (3 hours in the morning)
  • Figure dances (3 hours in the morning)
  • Danses 1er Empire +  Regency dances (2 x 1h30 in the afternoon)


4 hour 30 Module: €315

  • Baroque dances (3 hours in the morning) + Danses 1er Empire or  Regency dances (2 x 1h30 in the afternoon)
  • Figure dances (3 hours in the morning) + Danses 1er Empire or  Regency dances (2 x 1h30 in the afternoon)


6 hour Module: €335

  • Baroque dances (3 hours in the morning) + Danses 1er Empire and  Regency dances (2 x 1h30 in the afternoon)
  • Figure dances (3 hours in the morning) + Danses 1er Empire and  Regency dances (2 x 1h30 in the afternoon)


Accommodation and meals prices  (€/pers.) :

Note : before you fill in your registration form,please check with us calling 01 45 70 83 94 (33 1 45 70 83 94)to find out which type of accommodation is still available.

Our meals will be provided by BIO TERRE. Either including meat or vegetarian, the food is 100% organic, with season vegetables largely from a labelled Nature et Progrès  producer and locally grown, with two aims : less transportation and fresh from the garden to the plate – your taste buds will know the difference.

Room and board: price per person for the whole stay. Single bedroom
(limited number)
For 2 persons: twin bedroom (2 single beds)
Price for each
Room for a couple, with1 double bed
(Each person
Collective bedroom
(price for each person)
(price for each person)
Full board 250 €220 €204 €195 €172 €
Half board194 €164 €148 €139 €116 €
Nights only (no breakfast) *
118 €88 €72 €63 €40 €
* possibilité de cuisiner * cooking is possible for a limited number of persons: please check with us.


Reaching Tapis Vert

  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 17:00 on July 31, 2016.

As no evening meal is provided on the first day (Sunday), please bring a picnic dinner !

Departure on Friday, August 5 after breakfast.


Note : before you fill in your registration form,please check with us calling 01 45 70 83 94 (33 1 45 70 83 94)to find out which type of accommodation is still available.

Registration form here

Payment from abroad : please contact us


contact@chestnut.fr or 0033 (0)1 45 70 83 94

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