Società di Danza Novara

Nineteeth Century Dances Courses

To rediscover the charm and pleasure of traditional European society dances.

The Società di Danza is a cultural association that deals with the study, practice and dissemination of historical and nineteenth- century dances in particular, its activity is identified in the   Manifesto, in the Sistema and in the Materiale Didattico.

The Società di Danza, a cultural association founded and directed by  Dott. Fabio Mòllica in Bologna in 1991. organizes continuos courses, reconstructions of  gran balli in many Italian cities and in Europa,

  training activities, stage  and historical dance seminars, produces a series of   books on the history

of dance in the nineteenth century and a series of  materiale didattico, collaborates with organizations,

institutions and associations and promotes historical research in the field of dance.

The natural evolution of the Società di Danza is the Federation of the Società di Danza active since 2007.

The purpose of the association is the study, dissemination and practice of 19th-century traditional dance.

Our dance system consists of group dances and couple dances;

to the first set belong Quadrilles and Contraddances,

to the second Waltz, Polke, Mazurke, Galop and dances derived from them.

The two sets are not rigidly separated, but live interrelated and form

the choreographic universe of our Società di Danza system of European traditional dance.

The dances of our system are conceived as a small social and artistic project.

The dance activity that we practice falls within the field of social or company dance.

This is a different practice from that which falls within the so-called historical dance.

The historical dance is the product of the research of the “Reconstructors” of ancient dances.

These scholars, using different methods of study, through comparative analysis,

they reconstruct single dances belonging to specific historical moments.

The Dance of Society of the nineteenth-century tradition, that is the system that we practice,

it’s a different experience.

Ours is a synthesis of what hundreds of dance teachers produced in the nineteenth century.

From diversity we have come to homogeneity. On the dozens and dozens of variations of a dance,

we made a synthesis and produced a single sample.

From the great variety in the description of steps and figures we have extracted all the basic elements

and we have placed them at the foundation of a unique “language” on which to base

further development of the system.

In our idea of ​​social dance, the analysis of nineteenth-century manuals leads to synthesis

which establishes precise, clear and shared rules, so that a reality of the past

can return to be a living dance, reproducible and developable in the future.

With this in mind, the Società di Danza organizes Grand Balls and costume shows,

publishes books on the study of dance and organizes courses in Italy and abroad

in order to spread its system.

The Società di Danza is a group affiliated with:

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society di Edinburgo.

The Federation of Società di Danza aims to coordinate national activities

and international associations of the Società di Danza.

Since 1991 the Società di Danza has created:


Great Balls. Reconstruction of nineteenth-century dances in period costume

in historic squares and buildings

i Summer School (since 1993)

Easter Seminar (since 1992)

Historical Dance Seminars (since 1994)

Training Seminar for 19th Century Dance Teachers (since 1993)

International Stage of 19th Century Dance

Grand Ball of the European Union

International Conference 1999, 2000 

Grand Balls of the Risorgimento project

Publication of dance books 


A book collection created in the library of the Department of Music and Entertainment

of the University of Bologna, containing documents and materials

from different countries on 19th century social dances.

Projects in collaboration with universities, museums, cultural institutes and local authorities

of numerous Italian cities

The “Dance and the city” project in Bologna from 1996 to 2000

Dance Season of the Eighteenth Century

 Since 2007 the   Società di Danza has continued, developed and expanded these study activities,

research, training, practice and dissemination of nineteenth-century European dance society,

and also has:

developed national and international projects

carried out numerous training activities (courses, internships and seminars) and  events in Italy and Europe

developed the  Gran Balli Risorgimentali project, aimed at the celebration

of the Unification of Italy and the founding values of the Risorgimento

realized the ‘ Gran Balli dell’Unione Europea‘ , project, aimed at the celebration

of the common historical-cultural identity of European countries

developed projects for training and dissemination of nineteenth-century dance culture

addressed to high school students.

produced and created a film  ‘Un’Idea di Danza’ to present the study and dissemination work,

ideas and motivations, dances and the 19th century  Gran Ballo.