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!

STOP PRESS:  33 NEW PUBLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FROM LULU  
31 books dedicated to historical dance and 2 books offering original choreographies in historical styles 
At the very end of this page read also about 2 sets not available from LULU.

31-book magnum opus Dancing through the Ages – 30 years in the making, it will be a library at your finger-tips.

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 LULU. The books are AUS$36 each (approximately US$27), 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. Because of the interconnectivity of dance over the 500 years covered by this series (and the cross-referencing between books in the series), it is recommended that you order the full set—which means clicking individually on all 31 books in the series. If your interest is exclusively in a particular period it is recommended that 
in addition to ordering the books pertaining to that particular period, you also order books from the adjacent period collections plus the invaluable Book 1: 'Orientation and Overview' (which beside many other things, offers a bibliography, consolidated contents, and comparative dance evolution analysis that helps better understand the dances and dance history presented in all the other volumes).

When on the LULU Spotlight page, in order to view the books in the order in which they appear in the series select 'Sort by Publication Date Ascending'

Should you have any questions about any of the publications or how to order them please email us or phone using the number given on the home page.

For images of front covers and links to contents either scroll down or go to Dancing through the Ages Orientation and Overview1400-15501550-16001600-16501650-17001700-17501750-18001800-18251825-18501850-18751875-1900

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 
period.



























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