Renaissance Dancers "bring the Elizabethan period to life"

Among the theatres of London's Southwark disrict roam the Renaissance Dancers, a group of amateur dress and costume enthusiasts dedicated to bringing the dances of Elizabethan England to life. An article for newsletter tells their story. (photo)

The dancers wear costumes, created either by themselves or by professional costumiers and students of the London College of Fashion, and made from traditional fabrics and techniques. Their dances are either sprightly or stately, and are enhanced by the costumes they wear because "the constriction of the corset aids the required poise.”