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Letizia Dradi
renaissance dance


“Bizzarrie e cortesie” 

16th century dance between Renaissance and Mannerism 

Basic/Intermediate level

The course will be accompanied by a musician on the lute.


Il Bizzarro, Bizzarria d'Amore and Cortesia d'Amore, these are some of the dances, taken from Cesare Negri's Le Gratie d'Amore (1602), that we will reconstruct during the course, discovering alongside the canons of harmony, beauty and measure, equally significant opposites, such as the quest for the new and the extravagant.

In the Renaissance, dance played an important role in the education of young people and an indispensable skill in court life. Dance masters were also teachers of good manners and to them we owe the precepts of behaviour and the description of courtesies. 

The dance that most represented the nobility was undoubtedly the Pavana. Extremely present in the musical collections of the period, it is almost completely ignored in Italian dance treatises. A recently discovered document in Italian allows us to study the Pavana from a different angle. 

Signed by Evangelista Papazzone, the manuscript dedicated to the 'courtesies', to the Pavana and to the Gagliarda variations, was written in Vienna between 1572 and 1575 for Rudolph II of Habsburg. An extravagant emperor, passionate about alchemy, depicted by Giuseppe Arcimboldi in his famous portrait in the shape of flowers, fruit and vegetables, it well represents the oscillation between measure and extravagance that characterised the artistic and cultural environment of the late 16th century.

The course is aimed at beginners of all ages and abilities, whether with an experience in historicaldance or other movement techniques.

Afternoon programme

“Sonatemi un balletto, col mio amor voglio danzar!”

Historical dance for musicians  (afternoon open to everyone)


How to 'play a ballet' so that the dancers can dance in the right tempo, with the necessary phrases and repetitions suited to the choreography? Certainly by putting yourself in their shoes and then experimenting with steps and sequences taken from the publications of the dance masters of the late 16th and 18th centuries. From the 'New Italian Style' to the French 'Belle Danse', the course allows you to sample the most performed dances of the time from the point of view of movement.


At the end of the seminar, a lecture/aperitif open to all, teachers and students alike, where it will be possible to try out simple animation dances


A classically trained dancer, choreographer and teacher, she approached the study of ancient dance in Urbino in 1992, under the guidance of B. Sparti, V. Daniels and D.C. Colonna. She is involved in ethnic and contemporary dance, and in 2002 she graduated as a dance-educator© Laban method/community dance (Mousiké, Bologna). He studied Palaeography and Musical Philology at the University of Cremona.

From Europe to Asia and the Americas, she has performed with La Petite Bande by S. Kujiken, Le Concert des Nations by J. Savall, Doulce Mémoire, Dowland Consort by J. Lindberg, Elyma by G. Garrido, La Follia by G. Fabiano, Micrologus, Musica Fiorita by D. Dolci, La Risonanza by F. Bonizzoni, Les Jardins de Courtoisie, Resonanze by C. Chiarappa, Norsk Barokkorkester G. von deer Gotz- R. Lislevand, Orchestra Barocca Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado-R. Balconi, La Follia by G. Fabiano, I Solisti Veneti.

For director Susanna Nicchiarelli, she choreographed the film Chiara dedicated to the life of the saint from Assisi (production Vivo Film-Rai Cinema and Tarantula, 2023) and danced in Romeo and Jiuliet by Carlo Carlei (Indiana Production 2013).

He collaborated with Il Leoncello di A. Pontremoli and Il Ballarino dancing in several productions and in particular in the French-language show inspired by the life of Leonardo da Vinci "L'Harmonie du Monde". 

She has conducted research on Manuscript 9085 "Les Basses danses de Marguerite d'Autriche" conducting workshops and lecture-conferences (Bourg-en Bresse 2004; Pesaro, 2012; Dolmetsch School Congress, London 2013). 

She has created the choreographies for the following operas by Claudio Monteverdi: Il Ballo delle Ingrate, L'Orfeo, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda staged several times in Milan, Genoa, Mantua, Brescia and Trento.
He danced with C. Turocy's New York Dance Company in "The Pleasure of the Dance" and in "The Temple of Glory" at the Jarvis Theater in Napa, California.

She has presented her studies in the United States for the Society of Dance History Scholars, at the Vaganova Academy (St. Petersburg Russia), at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (France), in Germany, VII International Historical Dance Symposium in Burg Rothenfels am Main, at the Historical Dance Society in London, at the University of Bologna and at the Teatro San Carlo-Conservatorio Napoli. 

She has conducted lessons for adults and children in numerous prestigious institutions in Italy (Conservatorio di Adria, Rovigo, Pesaro, Como, Brescia, Parma, Scuola Civica Milano) and abroad (CSI Lugano, Switzerland; Rigve International Summer Course, Norway; Historical Dance Society, UK; Valtice, Czech Republic; Belgium, Slovenia, Paraguay, Indonesia, ).

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