Coronavirus (COVID-19) UP-DATE (Friday 27 March)


The sad news:

All our dance classes are on-hold at least till July 2020 and all our balls are on hold till September 2020. We will update advice on our Wednesday and Saturday afternoon dance classes in early July and have retained bookings at Canberra Baptist Church Hall Kingston for 4:00pm-9:30pm balls on 19 September, 17 October, 21 November and 19 December—so hopefully we can make a grand return to balls in spring, but will update these plans too closer to date.


The good news!  

We have managed to reschedule our JAFA 2020 to the same weekend in 2021!  Big thank you to all the band members for making themselves available for the new date and all 2020 ticket holders who let their tickets roll over for the new 2020 date (2020 tickets will automatically roll over unless a request for a refund is lodged on the mechanism set up at https://forms.gle/c6q5dfMbEeGWDE7e8 . We have the same venue now reserved in our name for 16-18 April... so can bring to life on those dates everything we have had to postpone from this April. 

To dancers, dance leaders, musicians and all who make our scene possible, many thanks for your amazing support over so many years of uninterrupted 'earthly delights', and many thanks for all the support you have been offering us as we work through the necessary rearrangements of upcoming events.

P.S. I will be working very hard during this shutdown to finish the new book series and then to get a virtual class room set up during so we can at least read together about dance while waiting to recommence doing it!. If I manage to do it I'll announce it here!


Best wishes to all, John Gardiner-Garden.

Welcome to a world of music, dance and costume! 

  Improved and expanded new editions of 35 of John's 37 dance books are due to be released early in 2020 (hopefully all by April), so I recommend holding off ordering the existing editions of the 33  Dancing through the Ages  books, the Christmas Carol Dance Book and the Odd Delights book, and while you wait  email us your expression of interest to receive an update at the end of the year or early next year ... and then we will look forward to providing you with the latest editions as soon as they are available. 
Read more about all publications current and forthcoming at Books & CDs 
Earthly Delights is a banner under which - through classes, workshops, events, commissions, performances and publications - an enormous range of related passions are exercised. The twin driving forces behind Earthly Delights are John and Aylwen Gardiner-Garden, who met dancing in 1989 and have shared a passion for social dance (and each other) ever since. They have 4 children and a pretty home, studio and garden in a leafy lakeside suburb of Canberra, the small but beautiful capital of Australia. 

Under About Us you can find notes on the artistic life of John and Aylwen,  on The Dance Academy they run, on some of the musicians and dancers who've performed with them over the years, and even a little on the home, studio and garden that is their base.

Under Upcoming you can find information on upcoming balls, JAFA 2020 - our 19th Century Dance & Costume Weekend, special workshops, displays and dance class series. Please join us—we all love newcomers and love to make new friends.

Under Past Events you can browse through photos, posters and programs associated with hundreds of public events we've been involved with since about 2004 (with many hundreds of more photos due to be loaded up progressively). These pages don't go back to when John started calling in 1988, or when the band Earthly Delights started in 1995, or when Aylwen started organising public events in 1998, and don't include information on any of the hundreds of private shows John's organised. So many pleasures will linger only in our personal memories.

Under Books & CDs you can read about all the different resources that I, Dr John Gardiner-Garden, have produced. Presently available the 2 volumes of Lost Dances of Earthly Delights (128 dances, 400 tunes, 8 full band CDs), my supplementary Odd Delights, my popular Christmas Carol Dances (instruction for 64 dances that can go to well-loved songs), and my new 33-book magnum opus. The book is introduced on Books & CDs 'button' page (and there you'll find vignettes of all 33 covers), but fuller-covers and contents are found across the eleven pages Dancing through the Ages Overview and Companions1400-15501550-16001600-16501650-17001700-17501750-18001800-18251825-18501850-18751875-1900.  Together the 10,000 + page work offers 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.

Earthly Delights has long been associated also with the ACT Heritage Festival every April and Aylwen has been involved in making lots of historical costumes and hats. For information on these see Aylwen's page on Costumes and Hats, and follow her links to her costuming blog and to ordering details for dress supplies and patterns. 

Let us come to you!  We can tailor a contribution to your next event, be it at a school, a faire, a festival, a gallery, a living-history event, a wedding or a commercial function.  We can display and/or get participation in dances from any period and many lands. We can focus on a particular period and place (be it Renaissance Italy, Elizabethan England, Baroque France, Rococo Germany, Regency London, Civil War America, Colonial Australia etc) or more generally tour Medieval Europe, put on a Dickensian Christmas show, time-travelling through 5 centuries from 1400 to 1900, or just have a good time together! We can perform in or out of doors and can come to you in any format, from small group to show, talk or play, to a large dance band with a dozen costumed dancers.  Contact us on (02) 62811098 or 0409 817 623 to discuss your needs and obtain a quote.

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We hope you will catch up with us one day - perhaps by coming to one of our classes or events, by booking us for your own event, by ordering a book, CD set, festival ticket or dress, or perhaps by simply emailing us to say hello or comment on something. We'd love to hear from you! 


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