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!


Scroll down to see the front covers of the new 31 Dancing through the Ages  books, due to be available for order and delivery in late September, but go to other related Books & CDs menu webpages for full contents of all 31 books, but please hold off ordering till the final proof of the work is o.k.ed, the information on the publisher's site is updated and this sign disappears— all due to happen in mid-September.

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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. New edition out October 2020! Please await update on when and how to order.

Christmas Carol Dance Book
Odd Delights

Under Odd Delights, you will find a small book of newly devised or discovered dances. New edition out October 2020!  Please await ordering update.

Odd Delights

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

Under Dancing through the Ages Orientation and Overview, 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 31-books in a giant series that was 30 years in the making.  It will be a library at your finger-tips (and the last two books in the series. 

Dancing through the Ages is an 10,800 page work offering 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.

The work is broken into 31 books, each of between 300 and 460 (average 350) double-sided A4 pages. After the 'Orientation and Overview' book 1, the work is organised into ten 'Volumes', each of 3 books.  

Each 3-book Volume is devoted to a particular period and consists of 1,000 plus pages of research, discussion, analysis, illustrations, musical scores, dance reconstructions, source extracts, transcriptions and translations. The first book (Part 1a-d) looks at dancing in general (the social, political and geographic contexts in which dance and the institution of the ball was evolving; the nature and evolution of the period’s main forms of dance; dance elements such as style, etiquette, honours, holds, formations, figures and steps; developments in dance teaching, notation and publication, and period-relevant primary sources (including little known ones). The second and third books (Part 2a and Part 2b respectively) offer sources and music for, and reconstructions and analysis of dozens of dances from the relevant period, presented in alphabetic order.

To order any or all of the books in this 31-book series go to (PUBLISHER's WEBSITE ORDER PAGE LINK TO APPEAR HERE MID AUGUST 2020 when grand work is finally available!) . The books are AUS$35 each (approximately US$25), plus postage which will diminish with the more books in your order. As your books will be sent from the nearest Lulu printer on your continent, you will not be paying for overseas shipping and will not be waiting long for the books to arrive. Orders are normally filled at local postage rates within a week.  

N.B. I recommend that in addition to ordering the books pertaining to the period you first think of, you also order books from the adjacent period collections plus the invaluable Book 1: 'Orientation and Overview'.  Indeed, because of the interconnectivity of dance over the 500 years covered by this series (and the cross-referencing between books in the series), I highly recommend the full set!

If you are able to collect from our home in Canberra Australia, I may be able to offer you a special no-postage price on a full-set. Phone 62811098 or email us

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 

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