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 before 18 April 2020. 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.

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.