Books & CDs

I, Dr John Gardiner-Garden, keep a pretty low profile but have worked hard for 20 years to produce resources that might help people better understand and more easily bring alive our wonderful dance heritage. On the appended sub-pages you will find information on 15 such resources which I have produced and an electronic shop through which you can place orders.


Fool or Creator? An animator needs to be both.
On a desert planet, a medieval jester unfolds his portable stage and compels his puppets to perform an old story of transformation.
A slightly different angle on the myth of Adam and Eve by the wonderful film-maker Nick Hilligoss and featuring some of John's music (performed by Earthly Delights).


Under Historic Dance I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX and X you can glimpse the covers and contents of my February 2014 10 volume 7,000 page magnum opus on social dance from 1450 to 1900. In each volume, I consider the social, political and geographic context in which dance was evolving and the continuities and changes in the institution of the ball, I explore the nature and evolution of the period’s main types of dance, I offer sections on ‘Style’, ‘Etiquette’, ‘Honours’, ‘Holds’, ‘Formations’, ‘Figures’ and ‘Steps’, I offer my reconstructions of, and music for, dozens of dances (over 800 dances across all volumes!), I discuss developments in dance teaching, notation and publication, and I offer an annotated bibliography of relevant primary sources. Throughout the emphasis is on original sources and discussion is built around hundreds of included facsimiles, transcriptions, translations and illustrations. 

Try any volumes but, because of the nature of the subject, breadth of the sources explored and the linkages across volumes, I would encourage you to order not just the volumes you first think of but the volumes that are either side of them as well. Indeed, if you are at all interested in historic dance I’d encourage you to get the full set and we've devised a way you can do this at a substantial saving. You will not be disappointed! 

Under 'Historic Dance - Introduction' you will find my 'Introduction to the series', essay 'On the Persistence of Ideas' and the 'Series (Secondary Source) Bibliography'.
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) that will open up to you the music and dance world of the Bordonians. 


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. 
Christmas Carol Dance Book

Under Early works you can learn of my now out-of-print (and unorderable) early dance brochures and books and my first award-winning book & 2CD set.