La Pellegrina was founded in 1988 by dancer Dorothée Wortelboer and musician Dirkjan Horringa for the organization of summer schools abroad. In the first years of La Pellegrina the courses were held in Italy, with historical dance and -music as subject. Since 1991 the courses have acquired a much wider scope and take place in the Czech Republic, this summer for the twentyfirst (!) time. From 2007 there is also a autumn course in France.