The Covent Garden Minuet Company is a convivial group of men and women based in central London, who rehearse 18th century social dances and perform them in authentic costume to magnificent baroque music, recapturing the charm and playfulness of the Georgian ballroom.
The Georgian era is known for neat elegance but also boisterous fun, and both are reflected in the popular dances of the time. Styles like the minuet, sarabande and bourrée, with their distinctive rhythms and intricate geometric patterns, allowed fashionable dancers to show off their fine technique and graceful bearing. But later in the evening, everyone could join in the simpler and more lively contradanses - a rare opportunity to socialise and flirt, unrestrained by chaperones!
Although these dances appeared at court balls, provincial assembly rooms and private parties across Europe and its colonies for more than 250 years, they're now all but forgotten. The Company finds them fascinating, challenging and enchanting - and so, based in Covent Garden - a stone's throw from the site of some of the first performances- the Covent Garden Minuet Company brings them back to life. The Company recently appeared dancing on television in BBC4's "Dancing Cheek to Cheek" alongside Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley.
(performing at Waddesdon Manor - filming credit ZCZ Films)
We love getting into costume and entertaining audiences with our dances, and over the past 30-odd years have been fortunate enough to perform at some stunning venues. We'd be delighted to hear from you, whether you're interested in joining us or booking us, or have another query. We're always looking for opportunities to dance, so please do get in touch.
Connect with us @CGMinuetCo and facebook.com/CGMinuetcompany