All Kit and Tight Trousers The Image of the Dancing Master in Art and Caricature

The image of the dancing master has been a godsend for artists for over three hundred years – and has been used to display a considerable range of meaning - truly from the sublime to the ridiculous.  In this paper I will attempt to place these images of dancing masters in some sort of natural order and explore some aspects of their fascination as an artistic subject.  

Keith Cavers is a Consulting Iconographer. He studied Stage Management at RADA and the History of Drawing and Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts. Subsequently Slide Librarian and visiting lecturer for twenty years at Camberwell. For twelve years Information Officer at the National Gallery, London.  He gained an M.Phil at the University of Surrey with “James Harvey D’Egville and the London Ballet 17701836” and a John M. Ward visiting research fellowship in music and dance for the theatre to research dance prints at Harvard. He runs Pimpernel Prints (, antiquarian print dealers specialising in the iconography and ephemera of the performing arts, and provides lectures and seminars on the examination of prints and drawings. He hopes to produce his catalogue of English dance prints 16671836 this year. 

Keith Cavers
Symposium Title: 
Teaching Dance 2016
Author affiliation: 
Independent Scholar