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Academy of Victorian Dance
Group of Historical Dance from 1798 to 1900

The Beauty of serenity
"The quiet is the state that best suits beauty, as the sea,
the experience teaches that the most beautiful creatures are those
with a quiet and well-educated character.
Moreover, the idea of a noble beauty can only be born
from a contemplative state of mind,
serene and detached from all individual representations".
History of the Art of Antiquity, 1780

From the study and the passion for this important historical period, came the idea of rebuilding the period in all its original forms. To disseminate and make known 1800 is not to forget its historical memory and important achievements both scientific and behavioural in societies of this intense century. The dances represented a very important part for socialization through the various social classes, were the popular ones and both for those ancient and noble and also for the new emerging classes of merchants who entered the new society no longer dominated by nobles alone Our commitment as Association Academy of victorian Dance , is not only to rediscover these dances and reconstruct them in their original way, leaving aside any contamination after the nineteenth century but also to provide a valid concrete help to people in difficulty. Moreover, the associates can use the books on dances and thematic notebooks written by Vittorio viscardi in order to deepen in the correct way the approach to this century. This need for historical rigour is a very important and essential element for us. Our professionalism in carrying out our work is attested by the long experience acquired over the years and that can be found in the organization of events in Rome, Italy and Europe. In this area we realize and have realized, dance evenings with dinner or meetings such as dancing afternoons and tea dances such as that held in Naples at the Club Officers of the Navy that, with its structure, has provided a setting suitable for the purpose, or like the dances with dinner at Palazzo Savorgnan in Rome, or at the Hotel Quirinale always in Rome, and at the Papal Barracks of 1860, Pio IX and Genoa, at the Palazzo Ducale during a fundraiser for the Hospital gaslini, the debut in society of the students of some Roman high schools, held at the Circle of Finance of Villa Spada and others. In these reconstructions and re-enactments the aim is to allow as many people as possible to participate in the social dance and the dances. The dances are carefully chosen to offer all participants an evening of enjoyment and usability.
In addition to the purely European dances the Association also carries on the study of the dances of North America in a very precise period: "the American Civil War, 1861 - 1865". In Russia , in Moscow , the Academy of victorian Dance was invited and participated in " Times & Epochs ", the largest European commemorative event with 6000 historical re-enactors from all over Europe creating the Italian Boulevard, just a few steps from Red Square, with its historical epochs and with the Academy of victorian Dance that represented the 1800 collecting a great success of public and critics during the seven days of the world event. From the point of view of fun there is a great social component, and that is why we turn to young people to learn the right way to behave in society. The motto of our Association is:
The Ball of Beauty and not the Ball of Buzz 
a message directed to all young people who want to rediscover both the elegance of behave properly and relate in society for their future.
Academy of victorian Dance - L 'Imperiale, Founding Members
The project to create a Federation was born to guarantee the city of Rome an appropriate disclosure and evocative seriousness, that it is the mirror of the glorious three millennia history of this City. Twenty Associations have gathered to safeguard the popularization of History with the capital "H" and to tell it in the most correct way protecting a precious cultural background for humanity. The Association evokes with absolute historicity, the epochs related to each individual Association, the types of dances, the behaviors of the society, the history.
For the Academy of victorian Dance and The Imperial, it’s a continuation of the idea that we’ve always had.
Mme Gianna Menetti
President of the Association. He has a long experience in the field of dances and carries on this commitment with the utmost seriousness
Mme Debora Ranucci
Vice-president of the Association. Lover of the historical period of the 800, she loves the waltz and the quadrilles that are very congenial to her.
M. Gianni Gianninoto
Secretary of the Association. Very active within the Association, is the researcher and creator of the locations and loves the mazurka.
Mme Serena Caimmi
Co-founder of the Academy. Always present in all the activities, she is very attentive to clothes and waltz lover but does not disdain the polka and the mazurka.
Mme Laura Nuccetelli
Co-founder of the Academy, has always been attracted by this historical period for the complexity and beauty of costumes and hairstyles. He loves the waltz and all the quadrilles.
M. Alessandro D'Orazio
Co-founder of the Academy, he was the first president of the Association. He participated assiduously in many Stages and dances. He does not hide his particular pleasure in dancing the polka-mazurka.
M. Vittorio Viscardi
Co-founder of the Academy. The Master. He has been studying historical dances for many years and makes them available to all those who want to learn new dances.
Mlle Flavia
The youngest member of the Historical Dances Group. She is so good not only at dancing but also at remembering and has become the vice-master.
Mme Rita Aromolo
Always with the Academy, he immediately showed a lot of commitment to the dances of 1800, distinguishing himself in particular for the study of the polka.
Mme Piera Sabetta
Passionate about the 19th century, its codes of conduct and its engaging and cheerful dances. He loves dancing in dancing Teas and internships that he finds particularly interesting.
Mme Rita Fraioli
An expert and tireless dancer, she travels through all the ages with clothes and grace always adapted to the various historical periods she goes through. But 800 is still his favorite time.
Mme Silvana Ingegneri
His grace is unmistakable. It moves within the ballroom with elegance and gracefulness and then it launches resolutely in all genres of dance always gaining much admiration.
Mme Antonella
1800 is the ideal century for her. It is perfectly identified in the historical period of romance and dance with assiduous Redowa.
Mme Mimma De Cesaris
Great dances are the ideal environment in which he knows how to move with gracefulness and confidence. He is considered by everyone an example of grace and loves the waltz.
M. Luigi Barbarossa
His appearance betrays his being a gentleman at all times. Master of the ball and affirmed "Porteur", he prefers every type of dance.
Mme Patrizia Rustichelli
The mastery and elegance of this lady is now established in every field. She loves very much the quadrilles in every type of dance.
M. Massimo Mancini
The knowledge of the dances and its elegance make it one of the most requested "Chevalier". It prefers the lively dances that enliven the evenings.
In the Docu-film 'The Battle of Rome - 1849'
, the Academy of Victorian Dance participated
in the production of the 1800s scenes
in historical costume.
In the Docu-film 'The Battle of Rome - 1849', the Academy of Victorian Dance participated in the production of the 1800s scenes in historical costume.
Nel Docu-film "La Battaglia di Roma - 1849", l'Academy of Victorian Dance ha partecipato per la realizzazione delle scene del 1800 in costume storico
Regency Era
Fashion and the industrial revolution in the nineteenth century.

Between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, the textile industry took a leap forward and managed to satisfy not only the demands of the wealthy classes, but also those of the middle and low bourgeoisie.

This was possible thanks to the inventions that led to the industrial revolution, that is to say, to the process of economic evolution, that of an agricultural, handicraft and commercial system, led to a modern industrialised system characterized by the use of machines driven by mechanical energy and the massive exploitation of new energy sources, including fossil fuels.

The nineteenth century can be divided into different stylistic periods:

1796 - 1821 circa, neoclassicism

1822 - 1865 circa, Romanticism

1866 - 1888 circa, eclectic

1889 - 1910 circa, Liberty
Victorian Era
In the nineteenth century only the richest families could afford a wardrobe composed of: a dress for the morning, one for the lunch, one for the afternoon visits, one for the normal dinner, one for the elegant dinners and one for the dance evenings.
Nineteenth-century fashion began a process of evolution that led to rapid changes and a modification of lines every five to ten years. In the early years of the century Empire style was imposed, which stood out for its soft lines and high waist placed under the breast and for the almost total absence of rigid structures (Regency or neoclassical).
Resumed the forms of ancient times: Greek and Roman.
Then the typical romantic fashion was imposed: life lowered and returned to the natural point and then went down slightly below it; the busts became adherent and with splints, the skirts, thanks to the crinoline, swelled.
The new crinolines replaced the eighteenth-century paniers. The crinoline was initially made of horsehair, hence its name, then strengthened metal circles.
In the 1850s with the crinoline cage, the circumference of the skirt was extended to a few meters, until reaching its maximum dimensions between 1855 - 1860; at the time of its maximum splendor, it even reached the circumference of seven meters.
American Civil War Era
With Worth, the tailor of Empress Eugenia, wife of Napoleon III , in 1865, we witnessed the launch of a new rigid structure type, which had the effect of flattening the skirt front and stretching it on the back; this new structure was called demi crinoline.

The skirt was enriched with decorations and inlays of fabric, which created a fascinating and lively effect; this type of fashion characterized the second half of the 1870’s.

At the end of the 1880s the evolution of the crinoline ended.

The woman got rid of this structure and her figure became more natural, with the skirt of scampanata shape, more functional and modern, which already foreshadowed the most modern forms of the Bèlle epoque.
The Academy of victorian Dance publishes books and notebooks written by Vittorio Viscardi. These books are the ideal compendiums for those who want to know more about the period. In the books, as well as a description of the society and the costumes, there are detailed descriptions of the dances with the right movements. In addition, a part is dedicated to clothing and jewelry. The bibliography is taken from French, Italian, English, American and Russian period manuals to demonstrate that the 19th century was a century that united Europe, at least for the dances!
The journey in 1800 continues with the CDs containing the music of that period playing on the piano; careful research that will please those who listen to them.
Want to know more? You can contact us by this form.

Curriculum activities: 
March 16, 2011 First Edition "Dance with us" (Dance of Italy) to celebrate the unification of Italy 
March 26, 2011 Opening of the literary salon "Partono i bastimenti... Il sogno americano"  
May 8, 2011 "Crinolina, bust and tea" First Tea Dance from 15.30 to 19.30 - at the headquarters of Rome
June 5, 2011 Second Edition "Dance with us" (Great Ball of Summer 2011) at Villa Spada 
October 2, 2011 Show Cultural Living Rooms of Aprilia - Rome
December 3, 2011 Performance during the Christmas Dinner 2011 
February 25, 2012 Third Edition "Dance with us" (Dance of the Sirens), Rome
March 1, 2012 Show Auditorium Civitavecchia - Rome 
March 10, 2012 Fourth Edition " Dance with us " (Dance of the Mimosas), Spello
May 5, 2012 Fifth Edition " Dance with us " (Dance of the Roses), Locanda del Castello - Roccasecca - FR
June 14, 2012 Conference: 150 years of the Unification of Italy - Preserving the memory of the past
June 21, 2012 Auditorium Forum Sport Center - Rome 
June 23, 2012 Sixth Edition " Dance with us " (Summer Gala - Ballo dei Gelsomini) - Cerenova - Rome
June 30, 2012 Seventh Edition " Dance with us " (Summer Gala - Villa Savorgnan di Brazzà) - Rome 
October 13, 2012 Eighth Edition " Dance with us " (Autumn Ball - Circolo Ufficiali Marina) - Naples
November 18, 2012 First Edition "Matinée Dansant" - Stage - Rome 
December 16, 2012 Second Edition "Matinée Dansant" - Stage - Rome
December 20, 2013 Third Edition "Matinée Dansant" - Stage - Rome
February 16, 2013 Ninth Edition "Dance with us" (Grand Gala d'Hiver) - Rome
March 3, 2013 Fourth Edition "Matinée Dansant" - Stage - Rome
April 13, 2013 Te' Dansant - Rome
April 14, 2013 Feast of the Court - Villa Guglielmi 
June 15, 2013 Tenth Edition "Dance with us" (Grand Ball at the Castle) - Rome
July 5, 2013 Eleventh Edition "Dance with us" (A summer at the castle)  
10 ottobre 2013 Campidoglio - Duecento anni di Verdi - Academy of Victorian Dance
12 ottobre 2013 Stage 2013 - Academy of Victorian Dance 
10 novembre 2013 Nascita della Federazione dei Rievocatori Storici di Roma e Provincia
Academy of Victorian Dance - 16 novembre 2013 Stage 2013 - Academy of Victorian Dance 
11 Gennaio 2014 Stage 2014 - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale
15 Febbraio 2014 Te' Danzante per associati - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale 
22 Marzo 2014 Stage Primo livello danze Regency - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale
19 - 20 - 21 Aprile 2014 Dodicesima Edizione "Danza con noi" (Cinecitta' si Mostra)  
Luglio 2014 Spettacolo Guerra Civile Americana - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale
Novembre 2014 Villa Panfili - Multiepoca - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale 
14 Dicembre 2014 Stage - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale
11 Gennaio 2015 Stage - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale 
8 Febbraio 2015 Stage - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale
22 Febbraio 2015 Stage - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale 
8 Marzo 2015 Stage - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale
15 Marzo 2015 Militaria - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale 
29 Marzo 2015 Stage - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale
12 Aprile 2015 Stage - Academy of Victorian Dance - L'Imperiale 
6 -7 Settembre 2015 ''Ce steva 'na vota'' - Abbazia San Nilo Grottaferrata
10 Ottobre 2015 A Spasso nel Tempo - Campo Multiepoca 
14 Novembre 2015 Un Tè con Rossella - Conca d'Oro
12 Dicembre 2015 Un tè con Rossella - Conca d'Oro
12 Marzo 2016 Un Tè con Rossella - Conca d'Oro 
2 Aprile 2016 Tredicesima Edizione "Danza con noi" (Giornata Mondiale per la Consapevolezza dell'Autismo - Cavalcando il Blu) - Piazza di Siena 
Stage e lezioni nel Lazio - Cantalupo, Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Viterbo ed altre
12 e 26 gennaio 2019 // 2 e 16 febbraio 2019 //2 16 30 marzo 2019 // 6 13 aprile 2019 // 11 e 25 maggio 2019 // 8 e 29 giugno 2019 // 7 settembre 2019 // 5 e 19 ottobre 2019 // 16 e 30 novembre 2019 // 14 dicembre 2019 Stage in abiti storici del 1800 , per i soci e per gli esterni. Gli incontri si sono svolti presso il Clodio Fitness Center di V ia Platone , Roma 
27 e 28 Aprile 2019 // 5 12 e 19 Maggio 2019 Stage gratuito per i soci del Comitato promotore del Parco della Cellulosa
20 Gennaio // 17 Febbraio // 24 Marzo // 14 Aprile 2019  Stage gratuito presso il Centro Anziani di Piazza Ronca Ostia Lido
In collaborazione con la Federazione dei rievocatori storici di Roma e Provincia - Tour dell’evento “A spasso nel Tempo” 
Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia 21 e 22 Settembre per le Giornate Europee del Patrimonio Quattordicesima Edizione "Danza con noi"  // il 28 e 29 Settembre per un evento sulla Musica e il Ballo Archeoparco Castranova 12 e 1 3 ottobre 2019 Evento Multiepoca il 12 solo per i rievocatori il 13 aperto al pubblico
9 febbraio 2019 // 22 Giugno 2019 - Ballo “Un ballo con Rossella O’Hara” Casale di Tor di quinto Via del Casale Di Tor Di Quinto 
10 Febbraio 2019 // - 26 Maggio 2019 - Un Thè con Rossella Danze American Civil War e presentazione del libro “American Civil War” di Vittorio Viscardi in collaborazione con il Comitato Promotore per la tutela del Paco della Cellulosa di Casalotti Roma 
23 e 24 febbraio 2019 - Carnevale - eco 2019 - Ostia lido Ospiti del Municipio X
10 marzo 1876: Quindicesima Edizione "Danza con noi" (La prima telefonata "ufficiale" di A. G. Bell) - Castello di Lunghezza 
10 Marzo 2019
18 maggio 2019 Balli Americani American Civil War Casale di Tor di quinto Via del Casale Di Tor Di Quinto  
28 luglio 2019 - Gran Tour Vision Parco regionale dell’Appia Antica 
2 -3 -4 settembre 2019 - Gran ballo al castello di Lunghezza con riprese cinematografiche per il docufilm: “La battaglia di Roma –– 1849” 
26 ottobre 2019 // 25 ottobre 2019 // 27 ottobre 2019 - Festival Lidense in Tour –– In collaborazione con il Municipio X di Roma –– Location: Teatro del Lido // Borgo Castello di Ostia Antica // Giardino di Roma – Acilia  
23 novembre 2019 - C’era una volta il west nel ristorante “C’era una volta il west” 
25 novembre 2019 - Sedicesima Edizione "Danza con noi" (Giornata contro la violenza sulle donne Centri Anziani del Municipio X) - Acilia. P.zza dei Sicani, 2 -Organizzato dal Municipio X 
8 dicembre 2019 - Diciassettesima Edizione "Danza con noi" (Museo delle Carrozze d’epoca) - via Millevoi - Roma 
31 dicembre 2019 - Diciottesima Edizione "Danza con noi" (Gran Galà di Capodanno) - Church Palace Hotel

Seminari, stage, lezioni del periodo Regency e Vittoriano 
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