COVID SHUTDOWN UP-DATE (Saturday 5 September 2020)

Good news 1) 

We are restarting our dance classes! Both series will be at our home studio in Yarralumla- each for a minimum and maximum of 8 guest participants (not counting my family members) with bookings for each open online. The options are:

6:45-9:15pm Wednesday evening 

3:00-5:30pm Saturday afternoon

The cost will just be our usual good-value 10-week subscription of $120, and if people respond very soon we can start this coming Wednesday 9 and Saturday 12 September, otherwise the following week (will confirm in email back to enrollees).

As always we'll cater for all levels in each 2 1/2 hour session (with the first 1/2 hour focused on the foundations needed by beginners, the last on extending the most experienced, and the 1 1/2 in between on dances that all can enjoy together) and you are welcome to you are welcome to subscribe to both sessions.

To ensure the correct number and correct contact details needed for our COVID-safe plan, please enrol online, and to help planning please do so by Monday 7 September if possible- or phone me on 62811098 if you have any questions or need any special permutation of plan.  Sorry for late notice after such a long wait¡

If you have some pre-shutdown Wednesdays in credit, please still register online for a new 10-week subscription and we will either will then offer you a pro-rate refund for the earlier weeks in credit or add them to the new subscription, whichever you tell us you prefer. 

Good news 2)

New revised and expanded editions of the 31-book series Dancing through the Ages, as well as of The Christmas Carol Dance Book and another book of original dances I've been working on, should all be ready for order in late September! Please stand-by for update.


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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