Welcome to a world of music, dance and costume! 

COVID SHUTDOWN UP-DATE (Friday 31 July 2020)

Sadly we cannot yet recommence our Saturday afternoon ANU class (ANU Sport has cancelled its 2nd semester recreation program) or our Wednesday evening home studio class (though I have fingers crossed for September) or our monthly balls. I will undertake to offer an update at the end of August and hopefully, if Canberra remains community-transmission free, it will include either options for some small-scale safe in-person dancing or for some zoom dancing. 


The good news—the new revised and expanded edition of the 31-book series Dancing through the Ages is now complete!  The work has been successfully loaded onto the publisher's website and a proof copy ordered, so by the end of August I should be able to announce the works availability and a launch special for those ordering a full-set. Please email us your expression of interest to receive emailed notification. This work is so massive now and so chock full with worthwhile material that it will definitely be the last edition and I have removed 'working notes' from the subtitle. (see Book & CDs page- to which I'll be adding relevant information during August 2020).

The next project is to produce a revised and expanded second edition of The Christmas Carol Dance book, 2002, and The Odd Delights, 2015 aiming for release in October 2020. Please email us your expression of interest to receive emailed notification.

The next project after the above will be to update of the website with photos and video from our 6 year backlog! Wish me luck!

The grand 19th century dance&costume weekend (JAFA) that was planned for April 2019 has been reschedule to 16-18 April 2021 (see upcoming page). 


Best wishes to all, John Gardiner-Garden.

Earthly Delights is a banner under which - through classes, workshops, events, commissions, performances and publications - an enormous range of related passions are exercised. The twin driving forces behind Earthly Delights are John and Aylwen Gardiner-Garden, who met dancing in 1989 and have shared a passion for social dance (and each other) ever since. They have 4 children and a pretty home, studio and garden in a leafy lakeside suburb of Canberra, the small but beautiful capital of Australia. 

Under About Us you can find notes on the artistic life of John and Aylwen,  on The Dance Academy they run, on some of the musicians and dancers who've performed with them over the years, and even a little on the home, studio and garden that is their base.

Under Upcoming you can find information on upcoming balls, JAFA 2020 - our 19th Century Dance & Costume Weekend, special workshops, displays and dance class series. Please join us—we all love newcomers and love to make new friends.

Under Past Events you can browse through photos, posters and programs associated with hundreds of public events we've been involved with since about 2004 (with many hundreds of more photos due to be loaded up progressively). These pages don't go back to when John started calling in 1988, or when the band Earthly Delights started in 1995, or when Aylwen started organising public events in 1998, and don't include information on any of the hundreds of private shows John's organised. So many pleasures will linger only in our personal memories.

Under Books & CDs you can read about all the different resources that I, Dr John Gardiner-Garden, have produced. Presently available the 2 volumes of Lost Dances of Earthly Delights (128 dances, 400 tunes, 8 full band CDs), my supplementary Odd Delights, my popular Christmas Carol Dances (instruction for 64 dances that can go to well-loved songs), and my new 33-book magnum opus. The book is introduced on Books & CDs 'button' page (and there you'll find vignettes of all 33 covers), but fuller-covers and contents are found across the eleven pages Dancing through the Ages Overview and Companions1400-15501550-16001600-16501650-17001700-17501750-18001800-18251825-18501850-18751875-1900.  Together the 10,000 + page work offers background on, reconstruction of, and chorded music for nearly 1,000 dances from between from 1400 to 1900, as well as extensive notes analysing links between these dances, the evolution of dance forms, movement ideas and notation systems through this 500 period, and the changing nature of ball culture and dance sources in countries across the old and new word.  The whole is supported by thousands of quotations, diagrams and illustrations from original sources.

Earthly Delights has long been associated also with the ACT Heritage Festival every April and Aylwen has been involved in making lots of historical costumes and hats. For information on these see Aylwen's page on Costumes and Hats, and follow her links to her costuming blog and to ordering details for dress supplies and patterns. 

Let us come to you!  We can tailor a contribution to your next event, be it at a school, a faire, a festival, a gallery, a living-history event, a wedding or a commercial function.  We can display and/or get participation in dances from any period and many lands. We can focus on a particular period and place (be it Renaissance Italy, Elizabethan England, Baroque France, Rococo Germany, Regency London, Civil War America, Colonial Australia etc) or more generally tour Medieval Europe, put on a Dickensian Christmas show, time-travelling through 5 centuries from 1400 to 1900, or just have a good time together! We can perform in or out of doors and can come to you in any format, from small group to show, talk or play, to a large dance band with a dozen costumed dancers.  Contact us on (02) 62811098 or 0409 817 623 to discuss your needs and obtain a quote.

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We hope you will catch up with us one day - perhaps by coming to one of our classes or events, by booking us for your own event, by ordering a book, CD set, festival ticket or dress, or perhaps by simply emailing us to say hello or comment on something. We'd love to hear from you! 


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