Nonsuch History and Dance was founded in 1966 by Peggy Dixon as a performance company, gaining charitable status in 1976 to pursue its educational work. Since then we have worked to fulfil our mission to use the dances of history to teach, train and entertain by developing bespoke dance projects with local communities, performing shows, running schools workshops and bringing history to life in stately homes. Nonsuch works with a wide variety of cultural, heritage and educational organisations across the country on a broad range of events, blending historical accuracy and high-quality entertainment in a unique and engaging format.
Dance & History e.V. association was established in 2017. Most of our members have been actively involved in the area of historical dance for many years – mostly as active dancers, but frequently also as researchers in dance history and practice. Our main concern is the preservation and further exploration of dance as unique cultural heritage that has shaped social life in wide parts of Europe. Our central objective is the promotion of science, art, and culture in the field of social dance and stage dance from the 15th to the 19th centuries with dance practice as one of our key issues. An additional objective is the improvement of the presence and status of historical dance in public perception. To achieve this, we cooperate with a number of dance organisations in Europe and America, efficiently joining forces for the advancement of historical dance.
The New York Baroque Dance Company founded in 1976 by Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director. The company specializes in producing 17th and 18th century programs ranging from street performances to fully staged operas. There are over 60 operas in its repertoire as well as reconstructed dances and ballets choreographed in period style. Through residencies at educational institutions serving grades k-12 and at the university level, the NYBDC instructs professionals and the general public, thus preserving our cultural heritage. The NYBDC has toured North America, Europe and Japan with conductors James Richman, John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan and Wolfgang Katschner. In their home base of New York City, the company produces concerts annually with Concert Royal directed by James Richman. The NYBDC also performs with Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus, The Dallas Bach Society, Mercury Baroque, Apollo’s Fire and Philharmonia Baroque.