Kateřina Klementová
Historical dance - renaissance (15th century)

Dancer, choreographer and dance lecturer. Since her childhood, she has been occupied with contemporary dance, since 2000 has been focusing on the historical area. Studied by Barbara Sparti, Lieven Baert, Béatrice Massin and others, nowadays she´s the leader of Chorea Historica, early dance ensemble. In 2007, she has founded a Czech branch of La Società di Danza, Italian school of 19th century dance. On a long-term basis, se cooperates with the Czech Jane Austen Society. She´s working as researcher and project manager in NIPOS, a cultural organization. She´s organizing and leading early dance workshops for children, youth and adults in Czechia and abroad. She is the lecturer of the educational programmes of the Czech Philharmonic, teaches Historical dance at the Dance Conservatory of Prague.

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About The Class

The class will focus on Italian courtly dance of the 15th century (early renaissance period), as recorded in the treatises of dance masters Domenico da Piacenza, Guglielmo Ebreo/Giovanni Ambrosio and Antonio Cornazano. We will research the technics of the movement of the period dance style, getting familiar with the basic steps and body „ornamentation“ typical for this era. We will „reconstruct“ different choreographies from the above mentioned treatises, not forgetting the questions of the etiquette, social aspects of the dance, which is closely bound with the dance style – playfully, in the context of the historical period.

Level Of Skills Required

Beginners and pre-intermediate

What to wear

Everybody should bring soft dancing shoes and comfortable clothes (T-shirts, trousers, jogging trousers, leggings, the ladies also long full skirts). At the concluding performance, bring a costume, or a token costume in the period style (gentlemen: short trousers, stockings, broad-sleeved shirts, waistcoats, tunic; ladies: broad-sleeved shirts, long full skirts with train). Also bring with you clothing and other items, which could be lent to the other dancers, please.

Maximum number of students


Teaching Languages

Czech, English, Italian