About the Norwich Historical Dance

We are a collection of enthusiasts brought together by a love of the music, costume and dance of past centuries. Our aims are to promote and preserve the knowledge of Early Dance, its place in our cultural heritage, and to enable the enjoyment of such dance by members of the group and the general public.

Dancers go 'modern' with late Edwardian costume for the First World War Commemoration dance at the Early Dance Circle Festival 2014 - click to enlarge

Dancers go 'modern' with late Edwardian costume for the First World War Commemoration dance at the Early Dance Circle Festival 2014

Using published research, based on original source material, the group has built up a performing repertoire of mediaeval, Tudor, 17th and 18th century and Regency dances.

Costumes are as authentic as possible, and we usually dance to live music played on instruments appropriate to the period of the dance.

NHD dancers line up in 15th century costume for a performance at Norwich Castle, 2015

NHD dancers line up in 15th century costume for a performance at Norwich Castle, 2015

We perform at a wide variety of events and venues, including National Trust properties, private parties, cultural celebrations and living history re-enactments. The group also gives workshops to local schools linking in with the National Curriculum.

Dance Periods

Find out more about the periods of dance that we cover, the events and locations we've danced at and our inspirations:

New members are always welcome; we meet regularly at 7:30 pm on Thursday evenings at Norwich High School, Norwich. For more information, Contact us.