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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 (see map).

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 visit for information on this year's Dance activities.

Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir
Dean of the Pennsic School of European Dance

European Dance Activities

Details about classes and evening dancing will be posted online at the Pennsic School of Dance website.

The dance class schedule can be found on Pennsic University, 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 are needed and welcome to play most nights at the European Dance Tent. During the day, many dance class teachers also welcome musicians to play for their classes. Music will be provided. All skill levels of musicians and all acoustic instruments (period or modern) are welcome.

Dance Musician support information can be found at

Revels and Socials:

Thursday, Aug 2
9 pm - midnight
English Revel (Dance Tent)
Friday, August 3
4 pm - 7 pm
An Enchanted Picnic (Dance Tent)
Dancing, dining, story telling, singing, conversation - all in persona! This gathering shall be reminiscent of the picnics and noble gatherings described in works such as the Decameron and the Book of the Courtier. Come prepared with a period-style story to tell, song to sing, dance to do or share. We shall even have the pleasure of a master lutenist to play for us!
Friday, August 3
9 pm - midnight
Flamingo Ball (Dance Tent)
Saturday, August 4
9 pm - midnight
Early Bird Ball (Dance Tent)
Sunday, August 5
8 - 11 pm
Beginners' Ball (Great Hall)
Never danced? Not a problem! We teach all of the dances and no partner is needed.
Monday, August 6
9 pm - midnight
Choral Ball (Dance Tent)
A choir will join the live band to create a unique ball experience - singing the original lyrics to our familiar tunes while we dance!
Tuesday, August 7
9 pm - midnight
Feast of the Phoenix Ball(Dance Tent)
Wednesday, August 8
3-5 pm
Dancing at the Villa: A 15th-Century Italian Ball (at Casa Bardicci)
Join us for an Italian ball in the lovely Medici-inspired villa.
Thursday, August 9
9-11 AM
Children's Revel (Dance Tent)
Thursday, August 9
9 pm - midnight
Dance Games Night (Dance Tent)

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.

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