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School of European Dance

The European Dance Tent is one of the nicest places to spend time at Pennsic. There's ample shade, iced water, plentiful benches, a beautiful dry floor, constant music … and dancing!

You can join in the dancing or just come to watch. Classes are taught all day, from the youth-oriented classes in the morning straight through until dinnertime. Then, we turn on the lights, set up the music stands, and revel far into the night. Everyone can learn to dance, and the more the merrier. Please come join us at the corner of Chandler's Road and Dragon's Trace, across from the Great Hall.

Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir
Dean of the Pennsic School of European Dance


Greetings to all those inspired to play music for dancing!

There are many opportunities to play music for dancers at Pennsic. Musicians are needed and welcome to play at the Revels and Socials most nights, and sheet music is provided. During the day, many dance class teachers also welcome musicians to play for their classes.

All skill levels of musicians and all acoustic instruments (period or modern) are welcome. Stop by the dance tent for more information, including a schedule of activities that welcome dance musicians!

European Dance Activities

Dance Classes

Revels and socials

Keep an eye on the message boards for upcoming balls, revels, merriments, and socials throughout the War, or check the main schedule in the dance tent. There will be something going on every evening during War Week (and several nights during Peace Week).

There will also be the annual faculty social for all staff, teachers, revel hosts, musicians and dancers. Please come meet your fellows over refreshments, and get to know the people who make dance happen at Pennsic! Without all of you, the dance tent would be just another tent!

Sunday, August 6 Great Hall
Beginners' Ball
Never danced? Not a problem! We teach all of the dances and no partner is needed.
Tuesday, August 8 Dance Tent
Choral Ball -
The original lyrics to our familiar dance tunes will be sung while dancing! A choir will join the live band to create a unique ball experience.
Wednesday, August 9 Casa Bardici
Italian Dancing

Dance Updates & Announcements

Please visit our Facebook page for updates and announcements about this year's Pennsic School of European Dance.

If you would like to receive email updates, please send an email request to the Dean.

Dance staff

Dean of the School of European Dance: Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir
Dance Pavilion Floor Coordinator: Mistress Serafina Alamanni
Daily Pavilion Coordinators: Lord Hamish McPhersone and Lady Helena Hrolfsdottir
Schedule Coordinator: Lord Wilhelm of Northpass
Music Coordinator: Master Aaron Drummond
Web Minister: Master Gregory Blount
Publicity Coordinator: Lady Lorita de Sienna
Minister of Mischief & Merriment:Lord Ari Thorbrandsson

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