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EVENTS LISTED IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER WITH MOST RECENT AT TOP (though programs within an umbrella event box may be offered in chronological order)

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Dancing through the Ages 
in the ANU Sports Centre, Sport’s Lifestyle program ( $120-$160. 
Saturdays 3:00-5:30pm. 10 week course starts Sat. 24 FebruaryEnrolments open early February.

In order to be part of this big fun class you need to book and pay in person and in advance at the ANU Sports Centre reception desk. For more information check out the Sport Union Dancing Through the Ages web page and the poster below.

*NEW*  GENERAL DANCE CLASS now running every WEDNESDAY 5:30pm (or whenever you can arrive) to 7:30pm 
at our home studio in Yarralumla.
Can be taken in conjunction with or separate from the ANU Saturday afternoon class (see above).
Cost is $120 for 10 week subscription and you can start your 10 week period whenever you like.
Phone 62811098 to let us know you'd like to join and we will give you the address. 
Subscription needs to be paid in advance, either by box below or coming a few minutes early to pay in person on your first evening.

Friday 23 FebruaryTwilight Fair
with lots of activities and yummy food stalls from 5:30pm
and some EDHA musicians and dancers from the EDHA contributing a free participatory dance session finale 7:00-7:30pm 
in the hall of the Canberra Baptist Church,Currie St., Kingston. 
Do join us! 

Saturday 17 FebruaryPirate Ball, 7-11pm
Drop anchor at the Canberra Baptist Church Hall, Currie St., Kingston. 

The ball will be prefaced at 6:30-7:00pm with the launch of Felicity Banks' new Pirate novel. 
We’ll have a dance or two in that ½ hour launch as well, and then it's on with the ball through to 11pm. 

Joining the band will be the wonderful cellist Gillian Pereira and her cello student ensemble, and together we’ll offer 20 fun dances from all eras (including some rollicking hornpipes, some dueling dances, 'the Pirates of Penzance Lancers' and dance games. 

Program danced: Not in exact order.


New Bopeep

Row well ye Mariners

Caccia d’Amore (1)

Singing Quadrille

Petersen’s Englische 5 


Money musk

Brando detta Alta Regina.

Les Contrefaiseur

Nouveau Pistolet

Bourree medley Country 13

Daniel Cowper (1)

Pirates’ of Penzance Lancers   

Hamstead Heath


Polka medley- to Country 7

College Hornpipe.


Collinet cotillion games

La Tourbillon

La Parisienne

Sat. 10 Feb. 9am-12:30pm 
  at our home studio in Yarralumla (phone 62811098 if you need address)

Start the year with great company and a dozen great dances in all styles (something for everyone!) 
- including some doozies we can go on to enjoy at upcoming balls (including at Pirate Ball the following Saturday- see below)

Followed by a picnic LUNCH under trees on shore of Yarralumla bay, 

.... and, to get us further in the mood for Pirate Ball the next week, some canoeing  (we will supply boats and lifejackets). 

Cost  $25 at the door—minus $5 if have already got your Pirate Ball ticket (or buying at same time), 

and minus further $5 if you have already paid for ANU course.

Earthly Delights Historic Dance Summer School
8-12 January 2018
9.00am - 12.30pm
All ages, all levels, no special dress or experience required. 
Teacher: John Gardiner-Garden    Inquiries: (02) 62811098
A wonderful horizon-expanding dance experience for any young person! 
Dances from the Medieval, Renaissance, Cavalier, Baroque, Napoleonic,Victorian and modern eras
500 years in 5 mornings!

 Here’s the list of dance’s enjoyed. All dances were danced by all participants - except for a couple of more challenging dances (marked with *) when the most novice dancer was invited to rest. In refreshment breaks original sources for all dances were shown and discussed, and some inspiring videos viewed. A lot of fun was had!


20 historical dances from the late 15th century to the late 19th century:


Gelosia, 4 cpls longways, Italy, late 15th century

La Danse de Cleves, bassedanse, France, late 15th century,

Dolci Amoroso Foco, 4 cpls longways, Italy (Caroso 1581)

Squilina, trio, Italian (Caroso 1581)

Brando detta Alta Regina, 4 cpls, Italy (Negri, 1600)

Glory of the West- 2 cpls, England (Playford, 1651)

The Spring, longways duple minor, England (Bray, 1699)

*Bourrée d’Achille, couple ballet, France (Pécour, 1700)

Hamstead Heath, 4 cpls longways, England (Young, 1718-)

Nouveau Pistolet, 2 cpl cotillon, France (Durlach ms, c.1720)

Le Tourbillon, longways triple minor, Belgium (Willsim, 1755)

Daniel Cowper, longways, England, 2 versions from late 18th through and early-19th century

Triumph, longways triple minor, England, 3 versions from late 18th t to mid-19th century

Money Musk, longways triple minor, England & America, 3 versions from late 18th to mid-19th century

La Parisenne, cpls (medley of waltz, polka-mazurka, schottische, polka and *galop), France, c.1900.


A polka medley made up of dance from John’s Lost dances of Earthly Delights to tune set of Autumn 10:


Fast Forward (Country 7) x 2

Peek-a-boo Polka (Town 15) x 2

The Courtship Polka (Autumn 13) x2

Wrong foot Polka (Autumn 10) x 2


A bourrée medley made up of dance from John’s Lost dances Earthly Delights bourrée medley to tune set of Country 13:


Quarter Short Square (Winter 3) x 4

Burley Griffin Bourrée (Country 13) x2


This bourrée medley was caught on video- see attachment.