Dancers enjoy elegant 18th-Century Assembly at Sidholme Hotel during Sidmouth Folk Festival

Dancers in period costume with leader Stuart Marsden (far right). Picture: Maria McCarthy

Dancers in period costume with leader Stuart Marsden (far right). Picture: Maria McCarthy - Credit: Archant

Dancing Master Stuart Marsden led the 18th-Century Assembly, featuring English dances from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, in the Music Room at Sidholme hotel on Wednesday, August 7.

Dancers at the 18th-century Assembly Ball. Picture: Maria McCarthy

Dancers at the 18th-century Assembly Ball. Picture: Maria McCarthy - Credit: Archant

Stuart is a very experienced historical dance tutor whose teaching and choreography have been featured in TV programmes such as Poldark and Pride and Prejudice - Having a Ball.

His workshops at Sidmouth Folk festival have been extremely popular.

Stuart was accompanied by Boldwood, a group of talented musicians who played the energetic and joyful music of the period.

It was an enchanting and memorable event.

A costumed dancer with leader Stuart Marsden and his assistant Caroline. Picture: Maria McCarthy

A costumed dancer with leader Stuart Marsden and his assistant Caroline. Picture: Maria McCarthy - Credit: Archant


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Dancers welcomed the opportunity to celebrate in such beautiful surroundings.

"I love the dancing and the opportunity to dress up for historical dance events," said Janet Slootweg from County Durham.

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"And to do so in such a wonderful room with a stunning chandelier makes the evening even more special."

MARIA McCARTHY

Dancers. Picture: Maria McCarthy

Dancers. Picture: Maria McCarthy - Credit: Archant

The event was so popular, there was no room for any latecomers. Picture: Maria McCarthy

The event was so popular, there was no room for any latecomers. Picture: Maria McCarthy - Credit: Archant

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