Scroll down to learn of upcoming Earthly Delights classes, workshops, balls and festivals at which you can discover a fantastic world of music, dance and costume while enjoying fun, food, friendship.

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Wednesday evening class series.

We run various dance class series. Our Wednesday evening series is the easiest to join, as you can join any Wednesday that is convenient. The introductory level runs from 5:30-7:00pm in Yarralumla and a 10-week subscription ($120) can start on the date most convenient to you. 
The advance class runs from 7:30 to 9:00pm- and both beginners and advanced are encouraged to join in and overlap between 7:00 and 7:30 when we all enjoy some dances together.  
Phone us on 02 62811098 to make the arrangements and make your payment using this Paypal link PayPal.Me/edhda/120

 21 December our annual CHRISTMAS CAROL BALL
Canberra Baptist Church Hall, Currie St., Kingston, 4pm-9.30pm

A magical afternoon and evening just a few night before Christmas (when everyone's seasonal panic will be over and we can enjoy some end of year fun and friendship. There will be lots of great live music, lively dancing and a potluck dinner and dessert break (big thanks to every who filled the feast tables at our recent Renaissance ball on the same format). We'll have the lyrics written out so you can bring friends and family members who might not dance but love to sing! We'll be having participants take turn to spin our colourful wheel to see which of the following requests (most not done for 4 more years) we'll do when:

From the Christmas Carol Dance Book

Angels from the realms of glory  

Angelus ad Virginem

Coventry Carol

Deck the Halls 


Good King Wenceslas

Gower Wassail

Here we come a-Caroling

Little Drummer Boy

O Come, All ye Faithful

O Tannenbaum ('O Christmas Tree')

On Christmas Night

Past Three o’clock


Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

Santa Clause is coming to Town

The Rocking Carol

Medley of Silent Night / Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day / We Three Kings / We wish you a Merry Christmas-  for the debut of Hover ball Waltz Futsal!

While Shepherd Watch the Flocks at Night

12 Days of Christmas- for my new ‘12 Dances of Christmas’ mescolanze!


Also on the menu are:

White Christmas

Ang Pasko ay sumapit / Christmas is here (A famous Filipinno carol)

The 16th century 'Chiara Stella' for my new 'Bright Star'

A Swedish Christmas carol medley for my ‘Holiday Holubiec’ mazurka

Walking in the Air – that has become a very popular Finish Christmas carol and to which I've written a new dance. Take your snowman's hand and get ready to fly!

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.

ANU 'Dancing through the Ages' starts 29 February 2020 
 in large Studio 1 at ANU Sports Union.  10 weeks (skipping April 11 and 18th)
Learning everything from galliards to galops, minuets to mazurkas, pavans to polkas, country dances to waltzing, quadrilles to.....

Bookings open mid-February 2020. In mid-February go to http://anu-sport.com.au/get-active/get-active-short-courses and follow the links to book for 'Dancing through the Ages'. For more information contact John or Aylwen.

JAFA (John & Aylwen's Fun Adventure) 2020

Sat.18 & Sun.19 April—19th century dance and costume Weekend 
at the historic Yarralumla Woolshed in Canberra. 

Every April for more than a decade we've enjoyed a JAFA event at a wonderful Canberra venues. To offer us the perfect venue to focus in April 2020 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 weeend 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.   Our first JAFA Saturday ball 12 years ago fell on Aylwen’s birthday and this event will too! - so in addition to a provided mid-evening ball supper, expect a big birthday cake! 

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 marathan of such tried in Australia for 150 years.. and afternoon-tea will be provide.

We are offering an ultra good-value early-bird tickets—but the big discount will end next month so don't miss out —go now to the ticket button further below and start booking. Book in also if you like for the free but limited number Friday evening extra.

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

Here's the same poster as above but in a 2-up form if that you can print and cut into hand-bills: