School of European Dance
The European Dance Tent is a lovely place to spend time at Pennsic. There's ample shade, iced water, plentiful benches, a beautiful dry floor, constant music – and dancing!
We are at the corner of Chandler's Road and Dragon's Trace, across from the Great Hall (
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.
pennsicdance.aands.org for information on this year's Dance
Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir
Dean of the Pennsic School of European Dance
Details about classes and evening dancing will be posted online at the European Dance Activities Pennsic School of Dance website.
The dance class schedule can be found on
and will be listed in the Pennsic Guide Book.
At Pennsic, watch the message boards for postings about balls, revels, merriments, and socials,
or check the main schedule in the Dance Tent.
Greetings to all those inspired to play music for dancing! Musicians
All instruments (period or otherwise) are welcome, so long as they don't require electric amplification.
Players at all skill levels are welcome. If you aren't quite at the level of being able to sight-read the melodies at dance tempos, there are easy chords, bass lines, drones, etc that you can try.
There will probably be a new set of music available in the early summer, but you can start practicing from
last year's Pennsic Pile .
Musicians are welcome and appreciated to play for open dancing and the balls We are pretty informal - play as much or as little as you like, and feel free to switch between playing music and dancing.
In addition to the balls and open dancing, many dance teachers welcome musicians to play for their classes! Just show up and let the teacher know you're interested in playing, and be sure to check with them for the desired tempo and roadmap.
Please visit our Dance Updates & Announcements Facebook page
for updates and announcements about this year's Pennsic School of European Dance.
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