Books & CDs

On the pages under this banner I offer content and purchase information on resources that I, Dr John Gardiner-Garden, have produced to help people better understand and enjoy our wonderful dance and dance music heritage. Click on picture or links below to go to a web-page showing more detail contents of works. 
Enjoy exploring these notes and the linked to pages!


Improved and expanded 2nd editions
of the 31 Dancing through the Ages  books, 
of the Christmas Carol Dance Book and 
of the Odd Delights book 
are being presently worked on and will be available later this year.   

To receive an update at the end of July 2020 on when availability is foreshadowed please  email us

 We will look forward to providing you with the latest of everything as soon as they are available.

I've left the notes below so it is easier to bring this page back to life when all books are again available 
and so you have something to read and look at in the meantime,  but remember 
the information and pictures below are from some years ago 
and I am not supplying any of these works at the moment 
(save the 2 Lost Dances, which are a classic that doesn't need updating)

Lost Dances of Earthly Delights (2 Books with 8 CDs)

Under Lost Dances of Earthly Delights Volume 1 and Volume 2 you can discover the books and full-band CD sets (the result of a 6-year project some years ago) that will open up to you the wonderful music and dance world of the Bordonians. To order these famous (for those who know them!) works you have to 
email us- price for 1 book and its 4 included CDs is AUS$85 plus postage, and for 2 books and their 8 CDs AUS$130 plus postage. 
Lost Dances Vol.1 & 4CDs - Pleasures for Four Seasons
Lost Dances Vol.2 & 4CDs - Favourites for Four Settings

The Christmas Carol Dance Book

Under The Christmas Carol Dance Book you can find out about a work which is a must for anyone who wants to bring song and dance together in the festive season. You can buy this volume in hard copy or e-book form from Lulu or, for AUS$30, add it to a larger order direct from us by 
Christmas Carol Dance Book
Odd Delights

Under Odd Delights, you will find a small book of newly devised or discovered dances which you can buy for AUS$25 from Lulu or, for AUS$20, add it to a larger order direct from us by emailing us.
Odd Delights

33-book magnum opus Dancing through the Ages – scroll down for images and contents

Under Dancing through the Ages Overview and Companions, 1400-1550, 1550-1600, 1600-1650, 1650-1700, 1700-1750, 1750-1800, 1800-1825, 1825-1850, 1850-1875, 1875-1900, you will find the covers and contents for the 33-books in a giant series that was 30 years in the making and finally released in June 2018.  It will be a library at your finger-tips (and the last two books in the series, the 'Companions' will offer you very hand on-stage extracts). 

Each book consists of between 225 and 440 (average 330+) double-sided A4 pages and weighs on average about 1kg. Together the work consists of 10,000+ page weighs more than 30 kg, and offers background on, reconstruction of, and chorded music for nearly 1,000 dances from between from 1400 to 1900. The work also offers 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 world.  The whole is supported by thousands of quotations, diagrams, and illustrations from original sources.

In between Book 1  ('Orientation and Overview') and Books 32 &33 ( ‘Companion’ 1&2) the series is divided into 10 Volumes. Each Volume consists of 3 books (that total on average of 1,000 pages) devoted to a particular period and each is divided into 2 parts.  Each Volume’s Part 1 (one book) is devoted to dance in general (with period sources in transcription and translations but generally not facsimiles) and is itself divided into Part 1aDance context on the social, political and geographic context in which dance was evolving in the relevant period; Part 1b: Dance forms on the nature and evolution of the period’s main categories or types of dance; Part 1c: Dance elements with source-based considerations of style, etiquette, honours, holds, formations, figures and steps; and Part 1d: Dance teaching on the dancing master vocation, developments in notation and publication, teaching methods, calling, and an annotated bibliography of dance-relevant material written in the period.  Each Volume’s Part 2 (two books) is devoted to dances in detail, alphabetically-ordered reconstructions of dances that seem to have had their first recording in the period which is the subject of the Volume. Each dance entry includes summary box (abbreviated dance figure and step directions), a few starting words (on formation, mechanism and musical structure), music (chorded melody line, with scores in facsimile)reconstruction table (with relevant texts transcribed, translated, tabulated, arranged to match musical phrase, and annotated to improve understanding and offer possible dance calls), notes offering background, identifying problems and suggesting solutions, and facsimiles of as many relevant primary sources as possible. 

To order individual books in this 33-book series go to our 'spotlight' page on the publisher's site  There it is AUD$35 for any of books 1 to 31, AUD$45 for spiral-bound Companion book 32&33- plus postage (which will diminish with the more books in your order) minus 15% DISCOUNT by applying at the checkout the code FWD15 (current at 29 June 2018 for short time)N.B. I recommend that in addition to the books pertaining to the period you first think of, you also order books from the adjacent period collections and Book 1: 'Orientation and Overview'. To add to your basket don't click 'continue shopping', as that will take you to the publisher's full site, but use the 'back-arrow' as that will take you back to our 'spotlight' page.

To order a half or full set at an even greater DISCOUNT (33.3% on full set—available only for a short time) click on one of the buttons below.  
  • 'A half-set' contains the 17 books of most relevance to either pre- or post-1750 dance. 'The first half set' contains the 'Orientation and Overview' book plus the 15 books in Volume I, II, III, IV and V plus Companion 1: 1400-1750. 'The second half set' contains the 'Orientation and Overview' book plus the 15 books in Volume VI, VII, VIII, IX and X plus Companion 2: 1750-1900. The price has been reduced to AUD$550 inclusive of postage (unless your destination is substantially more expensive than most or unless you require tracked or express post, in which case we will advise you of options before proceeding). This represents a saving of about AUD$85 or AUD$5 a book. 

  • 'The full set' contains all 33 books, covering dance from 1400 to 1900. The price has been reduced to AUD$900 with postage included (unless your destination is substantially more expensive than most or unless you require tracked or express post, in which case we will advise you of options before proceeding).  This represents a saving of about AUD$360 or about AUD$11 a book.  Because of the interconnectivity of dance over the 500 years covered by this series, the cross-referencing between books in the series, the fact that you and/or friends are bound to find all the books of interest, and the close-to-cost price being offered, I highly recommend you order a full set! 
N.B. The Australian dollar prices given here converts to much smaller sums in US dollars, Euros or British pounds. For example, if buying the full-set the price for each book shipped becomes less than USD$20!

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Book 1 =
Orientation and Overview
Series introduction, acknowledgements, consolidated contents, bibliography of secondary scholarship, history of dance in ancient and medieval times,
overview of dance types, forms, figures, devices and orders that persist through 500 years, and the ball tradition post-1900.

Book 2, 3 & 4 =
Volume I: 1400-1550
Dance and dances in Europe in the 15th and early 16th century, the early renaissance.


Book 5, 6 & 7 =
Volume II: 1550-1600
Dance and dances in Europe in the late 16th century, the high renaissance, Elizabethan period.

Book 8, 9 & 10 =
Volume III: 1600-1650 
Dance and dances in Europe in the early 17th century, the late renaissance, early Stuart, early baroque,
cavalier period.

Book 11, 12 & 13 =
Volume IV: 1650-1700
Dance and dances in  Europe in the late 17th century, the baroque, 
restoration, Charles II, Louis XIV, early Versailles period.

Book 14, 15 & 16 =
Volume V: 1700-1750

Dance and dances in Europe and the New World in the early 18th century, the late baroque, early rococo, middle Versailles period.    

Book 17, 18 & 19 =
Volume VI: 1750-1800 
Dance and dances in Europe and the New World in the late 18th century, mid-Georgian, late rococo, Age of Enlightenment period. 

Book 20, 21 & 22 =
Volume VII: 1800-1825 
Dance and dances in Europe and the New World in the first quarter of the 19th century, the  Napoleonic, Jane Austen, Regency period.  

Book 23, 24 & 25 =
Volume VIII: 1825-1850 
Dance and dances in Europe and  the New World in the 2nd quarter of the 19th century, the early-Victorian, Biedermeier period.    

Book 26, 27 & 28 =
Volume IX: 1850-1875 
Dance and dance in Europe and the New World in the 3rd quarter of the 19th century, 
the mid-Victorian, Second Empire, period.


Book 29, 30 & 31 =
Volume X: 1875-1900 
Dance and dance in Europe and the New World in the last quarter of the 19th century, 
the late-Victorian, 
Belle Époche 

Book 32 & 33 = 
Companion 1: 
1400-1750 and  
Companion 2: 
Extracts of music and dance summaries from the Part 2s of Volumes I to V and VI to X respectively, with black backs and bound with black coil for easy music-stand access to tunes and instructions.

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