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Friday 10- Sunday 12 April 
JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA at the Albert Hall, Canberra – and to celebrate our new very special venue, a program packed with new guests and features (Georgian Pleasures Variety Night, Battle of Waterloo Ball, dancing to Aeolus Wind trio’s playing of Paris Opera and Beethoven dance music , interstate theatre group, horse and carriage rides, range of food stalls etc…) 

REGENCY DANCE PROGRAM is now online.  

Monday 13- Friday 17 April YARRANGOBILLY 19th CENTURY DANCE AND COSTUME RETREAT in a 40 bed manor house in Northern Kosciusko National Park. Perhaps the most enchanting and memorable of all our 2014 events (and that’s a hard choice!). An incredibly fun/educational Victorian era dance school-come-House party—with splendid scenery, caves, river, thermal pools and kangaroos thrown in. Get one of the last 10 beds available. Family’s welcome and dancer can be novice or experienced.

It’s on again in 2015—the most unbelievably fun little dance and music festival you are ever likely to attend—Earthly Delights’ Victorian era dance school-come-House party at Yarrangobilly in the picturesque northern Kosciusko National Park (just over 2 hours drive west of Canberra). See see Dance Events 2014 for photos and programs from the most recent retreat and download an information pack for 2015.

From lunch time on Monday 13 April to the morning of Friday 17 April (the 4 days and nights that fall directly after Canberra’s 2015 Jane Austen Festival Australia) stay in beautiful heritage accommodation, wear clothes of yesteryear, journey over successive days from the 1820s to the 1890s, and enjoy morning dance workshops in an airy room at one end of the complex and evening balls in a mock-tudor hall at the other—both with excellent wooden floors. 

When not dancing or sharing in scrumptious everyone-helping-out-meals in one of the several cooking and dining areas, lap up wondrous caves, thermal pools, river walks and bush tranquillity. Start planning your day and evening dress (we may be able to help newcomers with hire) and why not this year join those in Victorian bathing costume? In 2015 we will also be adding in an outdoor barbeque with games and a trip to a nearby homestead which used-to hold dances—and for keeping the dance experience alive after the event, instructions and music for all 80 or so dances danced will be available in the latest edition of John’s Historic Dance books.

To keep the cost to the bare minimum necessary to cover accommodation, organisers, dance leaders, musicians and game contributor give their time for free. Only 40 beds are available and over 3/4 have already been reserved … so please do get your expression of interest and payment in quickly for one of the few remaining beds! While they last you can choose either:
  • Bed in a twin or triple room without an ensuite (ie. shared toilet & shower) in 1901 wing | 4 nights for $360
  • Bed in single room without an ensuite (ie. shared toilet & shower) in 1901 wing  | 4 nights for $430
  • Bed in a double or twin room without an ensuite in 1917 wing | 4 nights for $430
  • Double or Twin with ensuite in 1917 wing  | 4 nights for $480

Closer to the date we will get in touch with all participants re: detail plans and proposed bed and kitchen groupings. 
Payments can be made directly to John or Aylwen or by electronic deposit in ‘Earthly Delights’ BSB 112 908 Acc 121 607 765. Please email with a copy of the bank receipt to confirm your booking.


NSD, 2014:
The Victorian Retreat at Yarrangobilly Caves was one of the major highlights of my year. There was just so much to do and enjoy, that there was no way to fit it all in. The thermal pool was great, even though it was just a tad cold for me. I had so much fun playing "volleyball". The nights were just fantastic, with a ball in the Blue room each night. Everyone was dressed to the nines. The James' organized a VERY fun treasure hunt. We were also treated to some very fine musical interludes. My favourite was D's performance of "Recuerdos de la Alhambra". Made my hair stand on end! The trip to the caves was great too. The way we were all dressed up like intrepid explorers of the late 1800s... it's exactly how it must have been back in those genteel days!

MP, 2014
Back to basics...with corsets! The weekend was amazing, time spent in excellent company dancing and exploring the beautiful countryside. Viewing photos from the turn of the century was an added bonus.

Directions if driving by car from Canberra, via Cooma

Saturday 16 May, 7-11pm – TIME TRAVELLERS BALL, All Saint’s Church Hall, cnr Booney & Cowper St., Ainslie, 7-11pm. 
Everyone is welcome, no partners are necessary and all dances are led. Please bring a supper contribution. $25 at door – discounts on line.

Long weekend 6-8 June SHAKESPEARE DANCE FESTIVAL. The ‘Festival of Early Dance’ which was such a success this year will be returning with a bigger emphasis on the Renaissance and so possible under this new catchy name. This year’s guest have all said they’d like to come back and we’ve had new guests express interest, so save those 3 days to stay in town and warm yourself in the most pleasant way possible.

Event tickets to all our events are available online until 4.00pm on the day of an event, after that they are sold for $25 at the door.