Cotillon - Sweet Dance classes at Monaco&Grand Canal Hotel

Duration: approx. 2 hours 

Location: Venice


Why choose this experience?

1 To spend an afternoon in a mask learning the traditional dances of the Venetian Carnival
2 Because it takes place in the afternoon and for a short time, from approximately 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm
3 To relive the elegance and prestige of the Carnivals of the past in their original location, in a historical Venetian palace

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Important information


Sunday 16 and Tuesday 18 February 2020

Departure point:

Venice, Hotel Monaco&Grand Canal, San Marco 1332 - Calle Vallaresso.

Departure time

3.30 pm

Languages available

No explanations.


€130.00 per person

approx. 2 hours
  • Dance lesson
  • Hot chocolate and typical cakes
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you don't show up at the event).

If you want to attend the event please show a copy of the voucher (electronic and paper copies of the voucher are both accepted).

Reservations will be accepted up to the number of the places available.

Dress code: historical costume (costumes must be the traditional Venetian costumes from the 1600s-1800s).

CANCELLATION POLICY: there will be no refund in case of cancellation.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures,serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute) the service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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Full description

Minuets and dances for a fun afternoon in a mask with friends!

In the magnificent hall of the historic Hotel Monaco&Grand Canal you will learn the steps of the traditional group dances from the 18th century. Our dance teachers will follow you step by step in the dances, accompanied by a trio of Baroque music that will play live for the duration of the event! Cotillon – Dance Classes will take place on Sunday 16 and Tuesday 18 February, from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm! Choose the date you prefer and book online!

An unusual afternoon to experience the refined and seductive evoking atmosphere of the Carnival of Venice: the location is perfect for the event and a symbol of the splendour and prestige of the Venice Republic. The Dandolo Palace, which is now seat of the Hotel Monaco&Grand Canal, once hosted one of most popular casino of the Venice Republic… After a careful restoration, it is today a very special place to get in touch with the magic of the golden period of Venice.

In the breaks between dances hot chocolate and typical cakes will be served.

During Cotillion – Sweet Dance Classes, the traditional dances that you will learn include:- the Minuet, the favourite dance at the court of Louis XIV, usually danced by one couple with a series of slipped small steps aimed at drawing the form of 8, an S or Z; the Contraddanza, from the English 'Country Dance' which has two opposite rows, facing each other, and takes some steps from the Minuet; the Polka, evolution of some popular Bohemian dances of the early 19th century, is a fast dance, in pairs; the Waltz, born in Bavarian and Austrian rural areas, won the courts of much of Europe because of its sweet and flowing character; The Farandola, a fun group dance in which participants hold hands and follow the leader with changes of direction, coil and twist.

To take part in this unique event and learn some steps of these fascinating traditional dances, could prove very useful to take part in the elegant dances in the evening of the Carnival of Venice, such as the Tiepolo Ball, Minuetto or Dancing Chocolate... Book now your ticket and immerse yourself in the imaginative dances of the Carnival of Venice!

To take part in Cotillion - Sweets dance lessons a historical costume is required. Before the event, you can choose and rent one of the elegant gowns at the Atelier Tiepolo: as every year, the studio moves to the Hotel Danieli for the duration of the Carnival. Furthermore, by booking online Cotillion - Sweets dance lessons and rental of the venetian costume, you will enjoy special benefits.

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