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The New York Historical Dance Company is a group of dancers devoted to the study, recreation and performance of dances from the fifteenth through the early twentieth centuries. Costumed in period clothing, the company performs social and theatrical dances from Europe and America. The company has performed with Piffaro, Parthenia—A Consort of Viols, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Wake Forest Consort, Mannes Camerata and the New Dance Group. Members of the company have also performed at the Connecticut Early Music Festival, Wake Forest University, at SUNY Stony Brook, in Germany, Belgium and Austria. Our ambition is to bring the joy and beauty of these dances to modern audiences, at the same time educating them in an important facet of the culture of past eras.

Director Dorothy Olsson has had training in both music and dance; she received her Masters of Music of Musicology from Manhattan School of Music and her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University, with a dissertation on early 20th-century dance. She has presented numerous workshops, choreographies and performances of historical dance, and written books and articles about historical dance. Dr. Olsson was an Assistant Professor of Dance Education at New York University for ten years.

Artistic Director Kaspar D. Mainz has appeared in more than 600 theatrical performances in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. He is the Artistic Director of Deliciae Theatrales, a group that specializes in theater, dance and music performances for children. He has taught at Salzburg University, University of Leipzig, Salzburg Mozarteum, and University of Graz. Mr. Mainz has offered workshops in historical dance in Europe and the United States. Mr. Mainz was a contributing author on dance in the new leading publication for music pedagogy: Dreiklang. Musik 5/6 (edited by Dr. Georg Maas and Dr. Ines Mainz), published in 2009 by Cornelsen Verlag, Berlin.

The New York Historical Dance Company in video shoot

Dorothy Olsson

Kaspar D. Mainz