We are Les Précieuses Ridicules, the oldest court dancing association in the Netherlands. We got our name from a play by the French playwright Molière. The comedy, written in 1659, makes fun of the (ridiculously) refined ways of the nobility and we like to incorporate this aspect of things into our dance classes, demos and workshops alike.
LPR was founded in 1945 as a (student) dance association and has been making court dancing accessible to students and other ‘plebeians’ for over three quarters of a century. Not having been born an aristocrat certainly isn’t a reason for you to enjoy court dancing these days, or so we believe. Besides, it’s a great way to make new friends!
We will often get the question: ‘What is court dancing anyway?’ Pretty much just that: court dancing is dancing in the way people used to do in the noble ballrooms. LPR are mostly focused on dancing in the rococo, regency and biedermeier styles and all have their own fashions in both costume and dance. Together they roughly span the years between 1750 and 1870.
Have you become curious about our beautiful association and would you like to get a taste of what it felt like to be a nobleperson in the 18th or 19th century? Or are you organising an event that LPR could help you liven up in style? Don’t hesitate to contact us!