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Sunday 16 December - Jane Austen's Birthday High Tea at the Hyatt

Jane Austen's Birthday High Tea 16 December 2012

Sat. 15 December – Dickensian Christmas Carol Ball, St Johns Church Hall, Constitution Ave, Reid. 7.30-11.30pm 


Baroque, Rococo & Roll Dance Party 
Sat. 20 October 
St. John’s Church Hall, Reid 7:30-11:30pm 

La Bourrée d’Achille 
The Queen’s Jigg 
Le Pistolet 
Menuet à deux 
La Bohaimiene 
Easter Thursday 
Menuet à quatre (2) 
Le Nouveau Pistolet 
Moll Peatley the New way 


La Bourgogne 
La Matellote 
(next 5 with guest brass quintet) 
La Chaine 
La Coquette 
Pécour’s L’Allemande 
Menuet de la Reine 
La Chasse 
Contradanza XXXVIII 
La Chasse d’Amour 
The Changing 


Aimable Vainqueur 
Les Jolie Garcons 
Les Quadrilles 
Le Tourbillon 
Les Meditation Chinois 
The Students of Prague 



Sat. 13 October – 11-11.30am and 12-12.30pm, we were part of St.John’s Annual Spring Fair at St Johns Church, Constitution Ave, Reid, Canberra.

Sat. 6 to Mon. 8 October - A long-weekend of Dance in the Age of Enlightenment 
We journeyed from the belle danse of Versailles, through the country dance as it tripped across Europe, explored the evolution of the minuet and enjoyed the cotillions craze before moving on to the no-rules Allemande that turned into the waltz. We enjoyed this rare opportunity to learn the French steps and style so central to everything our dance heritage with teacher John Gardiner-Garden.

 Saturday 6 October 2012
The early 18th century
 Sunday 7 October 2012
The early to mid 18th century
 Monday 8 October 2012
The late 18th century


Basic French steps, and a simple ballet

Feuillet’s 1706 Recueil de Contredanse:

La Chaine (V),

  La Chasse (V)

La Coquette (V),

Le Pistolet (V)

Menuet de la Reine (V)

Pecour’s La Bourrée d’Achille


English longways

Easter Tuesday (new)


Review of ballet


Stepping English 3/2 country dances

Hole in the Wall (IV),

Mr Beveridge’s Maggot(IV)

Mr Isaacs Maggot  (IV)

Easter Thursday (new)

Orleans Baffled (new)


A popular ballet

Pécour’s Aimable Vainqueur (V)


Review of a ballet


Late C.18th contredance

Landrin’s Receuil d’Anglaise c.1770s:

Anglaise de la Reine (1) (VI)

Magri, Trattato … di ballo 1779:

Contradanza 1 (VI)

Contradanza XXXVIII (VI)



Review of ballet


4 person dances and fancier steps

Le Cotillon des Fetes de Thalie  (V)

La Bohaimiene (new)

Les Quatre Faces (new)

Le Nouveau Pistolet (new)


English Longways

The Queen’s Jigg (new),

Marlborough (new)


Review of a ballet


The new French cotillion craze

La Chasse d’Amour (VI)

Les Jolie Garcons (VI)


The Potpourri cotillion

Les Quadrilles (VI)




Review of a ballet


Contradanza XXXVIII (VI) cont.


Another popular ballet

Pécour’s L’Allemande (new)


Enter the waltz

The Students of Prague (new)

The Princess of Wales’s Waltz (new)
 12:30-1:30 lunch 12:30-1:30 lunch 12:30-1:30 lunch


Ballet with a courant, sarabande, passepied and bourrée section

Pécour’s La Bourgogne (V)


Dances from Dezais and Jayme

Les Mariniers (V)

 Le Rigaudon d’Angleterre (V)

Granadiais (V)

L’Noss de Paysan (V)

Les Galeries d’Amour (V)


Review of a ballet


The German dance


The Allemande  in couples dances:

Guillaume & Dubois’ variants.


The Allemande  in cotillions:

Allemande du Devin de Village (VI)


The Allemande  in country dances:

Moll Peatley the New way (V)


Review of a ballet


The late C.18th cotillion experiments

Les Belles Filles de Norwich (new)

Les Ombre Chinois (new)

La Meditations Chinois (new)




La Matelotte (V)


Reviews of ballets and other dances


The Minuet

Menuet à quatre (2) (new)

Menuet à deux variations from Taubert, Rameau, Tomlinson, Minguet and Ferriol


Review of a ballet


Dutch source contradanse

La Baroque (VI),

The Changing (VI),

La Riswic (VI)

Le Tourbillon (VI)


Review of a ballet


 The late C.18th minuet

Minuet à deux (3)

*Menuet de la Cour (VI)


The late 18th cent country dance

La Meditations Chinois (new) cont.

 6:00-6:30 Reviews by request
(included- off theme, Hambo variants)
 4:30-5:00: Reviews by request 4:30-5:00: Reviews by request

4 August 2012 - 3 November 2012

Dancing Through the Ages - Saturdays 4pm-6.30pm at the ANU Sports & Recreation Centre. No experience necessary, friendly atmosphere. Learn dances from the Renaissance and Baroque through to the time of Jane Austen, Dickens and beyond - everything from galliards to galops, pavans to polkas, minuets to mazurkas, country dances to waltzes. 500 years of romance and passion - all to wonderful live music!
Tutor Dr John Gardiner-Garden is the director of Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy. He has danced at the Opera House, toured and taught around the world, published acclaimed books on dance, prduced 8 CDs of dance music, makes learning easy and fun, and inside the 2.5hrs caters for all levels. Pre-registrations required for this 12-week course. Email or phone 6281-1098 in the evening for more information. 

Sat. 18 August, 7:30-11:30pm
Renaissance Dance Party, St.John’s Church Hall, Reid,

New BoPeepe
Sweet Kate
Gioioso for 3
Lioncello Nuovo
Petit Rinense

Ballo del Fiore for 3
Basic branle suite
Branle des chevaux
Les Bouffons
Chiara Stella
Caccia d’Amore

Bassa Toscana
Bellezze d’Olimpia
Catena d’Amore
La Castellana (cascade)
Branle des Chandelier
Branle de la Haye

Earthly Delights Renaissance Dance Party

EDHDA Renaissance Dance Party

Wed. 15 August 9:00am-3:00pm (with lunch feast) Renaissance Day, Local School

New BoPeepe
Sweet Kate
Basic branle suite
Branle des chevaux
Branle de la Haye
Petit Rinense

Bassa Toscana
Les Bouffons
La Castellana
Chiara Stella
Torneo Amaroso

July 2012, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney