COVID SHUTDOWN UP-DATE (Saturday 5 September 2020)

Good news 1) 

We are restarting our dance classes! Both series will be at our home studio in Yarralumla- each for a minimum and maximum of 8 guest participants (not counting my family members) with bookings for each open online at   https://earthlydelightshistoricdanceacademy.square.site/ . The options are:

6:45-9:15pm Wednesday evening 

3:00-5:30pm Saturday afternoon

The cost will just be our usual good-value 10-week subscription of $120, and if people respond very soon we can start this coming Wednesday 9 and Saturday 12 September, otherwise the following week (will confirm in email back to enrollees).

As always we'll cater for all levels in each 2 1/2 hour session (with the first 1/2 hour focused on the foundations needed by beginners, the last on extending the most experienced, and the 1 1/2 in between on dances that all can enjoy together) and you are welcome to you are welcome to subscribe to both sessions.

To ensure the correct number and correct contact details needed for our COVID-safe plan, please enrol online, and to help planning please do so by Monday 7 September if possible- or phone me on 62811098 if you have any questions or need any special permutation of plan.  Sorry for late notice after such a long wait¡

If you have some pre-shutdown Wednesdays in credit, please still register online for a new 10-week subscription and we will either will then offer you a pro-rate refund for the earlier weeks in credit or add them to the new subscription, whichever you tell us you prefer. 

Good news 2)

New revised and expanded editions of the 31-book series Dancing through the Ages, as well as of The Christmas Carol Dance Book and another book of original dances I've been working on, should all be ready for order in late September! Please stand-by for update.



Best wishes to all, John Gardiner-Garden.

JAFA (John & Aylwen's Fun Adventure)
NEW DATE (postponed from April 2020) Sat.17 & Sun.18 April 2021
The 19th century dance and costume Weekend 
at the historic Yarralumla Woolshed in Canberra, where there will be free parking for everyone.

Earlybird ticket to JAFA 2021 are on sale NOW... and SCROLL DOWN EVEN FURTHER beyond the poster and flyer for registration link.

Every April for more than a decade we've enjoyed a JAFA event at a wonderful Canberra venues. 
We have been able to reschedule the grand event planned for 3rd weekend of April 2020 to the 3rd weekend of April 2021!
 To offer us the perfect venue to focus in April 2021 on dance and music with 19th-century Australian links (elegant Australian colonial-era dance) while still being able to sport Regency or Victorian costume, and to make tickets 1/2 of the price of our Albert Hall events, we are setting the weekend at very special heritage venue, Canberra' Yarralumla Woolshed. If the Duchess of Richmond could hold her famous ball on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in a stable, we can hold our famous mid-April event in this beautiful venue.  

As in years past, starting straight after a 10:15 morning tea each day, expect dance workshops to build the confidence of first-timers as well as expanding the horizons of connoisseurs.  

On Saturday the dance workshops will continue after a provided buffet lunch, then stop 4pm or soon after for all to check out stalls, rest, get dinner and finalise dress for the Grand ball that will start at 7pm, will go through to midnight and will feature a wonderfull well-researched program of music and dance with links to early Australia.   

On Sunday after the provided morning tea, dancing or board games, there will be a costume parade, bring-your-own picnic lunch and provided outdoor period games on lawns near the Woolshed... and then another full-band dance in the hall - with a theme of 19th-century dance games - perhaps the biggest marathon of such tried in Australia for 150 years.. and afternoon-tea will be provide.

We are rolling over tickets purchased for the 2020 event and offering great-value advance tickets for the 2021 event—booking button further below. Book in also if you like for the free but limited number Friday evening extra.

Here is a poster and flyer to share with family and friends:

PAST EVENTS for 2020

NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL, in Civic, on Saturday 22 February 2010
'EURO VILLAGE SQUARE' performances 
at intersection of Bunda Street and Scotts Crossing  


This is the exact same place and timetable as last year, but this year we will have Sally with us on piano, a bigger sound set up and hopefully even more costumed EDHA dancers ... so do join us!
We'll be showing and leading lots of fun historical dance from Europe and won't be repeating anything - so do come to all sessions (as if its a 3 hour ball from 10am to 1pm) and then in our two breaks come and say hello to us or help us tell members of the public all about our scene and give them flyers for the dance sessions and events that are mentioned further below.

To receive monthly emails with upcoming event notices please subscribe to our email list at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/dance-news. Feel free to share any of these posters or details with friends...we love to have new folk dancing with us and if you know any musicians who might like to join our ensemble, put them in touch with us.