Hands-on skills for your off-screen time!

Enrollment is open now for December and January

These classes are offered on a sliding-scale model. They meet on Zoom and last 50-60 minutes unless otherwise specified. Register in advance at the bottom of the page, and pay by one of the options shown below the form. Space is limited to ten (or sometimes fewer) participants in each class, so enrolling early is recommended.

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Historical Dance

Kick up your heels at home!

Five 60-minute evening meetings: Jan 4, 11, 25, Feb 1, 8, 6:30pm Pacific

This class is for: Age 8-14—no previous dance experience required. Family members are welcome to join in if you'd like to dance with a partner!

Not your ordinary screen time — kick up your heels with us like people did in past eras! Learn dances from Europe's Renaissance and Baroque periods and England's Georgian era, times when people of all ages danced in the fields and cobbled streets, in the ballrooms of stately homes, and in lavish theatrical productions. Beloved Seattle historical dance teacher Anna Mansbridge will teach some fun and easy dances as described in historical publications. This semester includes a special focus on the work of Ignatius Sancho, born into slavery but later making a name for himself in writing and music composition as a free man in late-18th century London.

Portrait of Ignatius Sancho by Thomas Gainsborough, 1768

How to prepare for this class: Please wear clothing that is comfortable to move in. You can either dance barefoot or wear flexible shoes with a low heel. Any floor surface is fine, but please make sure that the space is free of lots of objects that can be bumped into or stepped on—you may need to push some furniture out of the way.

Suggested donations as follows: 

Above your local median income/assets: We suggest $80-100. This fee covers about 75-90% of the actual cost of the program.

Near your local median income/assets: We suggest $50-70. This fee covers about 50% of the actual cost of the program.

Significantly below your local median income/assets: Pay what you can, no one turned away for lack of funds.


Calligraphers' Club (continuing students)

Seven 60-minute Saturday meetings: Jan 9, 23, 30; Feb 6, 20, 27; Mar 6; 4:30pm Pacific

This class is for: Students who've completed one of our Medieval Calligraphy series classes this year.

This is a group for students who've already taken the introductory class in formal, geometrica Gothic Textura. Now we'll turn to its more cursive, casual cousins, the Secretary and Anglicana hands. Faster to write and more flexible, these styles were used for slightly less formal texts, including poetry. Teacher Shulamit Kleinerman will lead group projects using some actual medieval English sources. In the nature of a club, class time will also offer a more open-ended shared workspace for students who might be working on their own independent calligraphy projects and would enjoy the communal support, place to ask questions, and see some like-minded faces.

Participants will need to purchase some additional materials for the class. The list will be posted soon.

Suggested donations as follows: 

Above your local median income/assets: We suggest $85-110. This fee covers about 75-90% of the actual cost of the program.

Near your local median income/assets: We suggest $55-80. This fee covers about half of the actual cost of the program.

Significantly below your local median income/assets: Pay what you can, no one turned away for lack of funds.


Medieval Songs

Four 50-60-minute Friday afternoon meetings: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 4:30pm Pacific

This class is for: Age 10-14 (age 8-9 may be able to attend; please inquire)

Discover the real music of the Middle Ages! Seattle soprano, composer, and teacher Achil Obenza teaches these beautiful melodies from the Middle Ages that still appeal to young people today, with evocative stories and tastes of old languages. Joining with students from all over, you'll learn a new song each week, singing with accompaniment recorded on instruments of the time. Between classes, you'll have access to the recordings to sing with at home.

Suggested donations as follows: 

Above your local median income/assets: We suggest $70-90. This fee covers about 75-90% of the actual cost of the program.

Near your local median income/assets: We suggest $40-60. This fee covers about half of the actual cost of the program.

Significantly below your local median income/assets: Pay what you can, no one turned away for lack of funds.