EVENTS LISTED IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER WITH MOST RECENT AT TOP (though programs within an umbrella event box may be offered in chronological order)

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17 December 2016 (7.00-11.00pm)

Christmas Carol Ball (with I Progetti)

18 December 2016 (12.30-3.30pm)

- followed next day by Canberra Regency Picnic

My family, EDHDA players and dancers and our very special guest the wonderful I Progetti choir directed by Charis de Valence all look forward to the company of friends old and new. 

To quote a lyric set to the tune ‘Greensleeves’ in the 1642 book New Christmas Carols (with my slight amendments!):


The old year now away is fled,

the new year it is [nearly] entered

Then let us all our sins down tread,

[and enjoy a Christmas Carol Ball]


Let’s merry be this holiday,

and let us run with sport and play,

Hang sorrow, let’s cast care away

[at our Christmas Carol Ball]


And now let all the company

in friendly manner all agree,

For we are here welcome all

[at this year’s Christmas Carol Ball]


Come lads and lasses everyone one,

Jack, Tom, Dick, Bess, Mary and Joan,

[join together in song and dance, and]

God send us a merry new year!

The program that was realised at the Saturday evening ball (dances drawn from John's Christmas Carol Dance Book, plus new compositions) was:

1st BRACKET  7:00-7:50pm

Dancing to EDHDA players

Here we come a caroling

Quem Pastores

Deck the Halls

We Three Kings

God Rest ye merry, Gentlemen


2nd BRACKET 8:00-8:50pm

Welcoming I Progetti in concert

The Gloucestershire Wassail (trad. arranged Charis de Valence)

Angelus ad pastore ait (Andrea Gabrieli)

Dancing to I Progetti

Hanacpachap (processional hymn in Quechua language, published in Lima, 1631),

Verbum caro factum est (one of ten Villancicos de Navidad published in Spanish in 1556)

Dancing to I Progetti and the EDHDA players:

Veinticinco de diciembre

O Tannenbaum



3rd BRACKET 9:00-9:40pm

Dancing to EDHDA players

Good King Wenceslaus

Coventry Carol

Little Drummer (with Charis on drum)

Jingle Bells (with Charis on bells)


4th BRACKET 10:00-11:00pm

I Progetti in concert

O nata lux (Mark Chapman)

Lo, he comes with clouds descending (Charles Wesley, melody by Thomas Arne)

Dancing to I Progetti

Angelus ad Virginem

Riu riu chiu (another of ten Villancicos de Navidad published in Spanish in 1556

Dancing to I Progetti and the EDHDA players:

In the Bleak mid-winter

Rejoice and be merry


O Come All ye Faithful (big formation dance)

Twelve days of Christmas (all singing!)

Santa Clause is coming to Town (free dance)

Sat 19 November, 7-11pm

Canberra Baptist Church Hall, 11 Currie Cres, Kingston

Dancing through the Ages Ball

We've enjoyed the October ball and now we can really make the scene in the poster below come alive as we are welcoming Victorian dress (or any dress you like-  why not Steampunk!) to our November ball. Please bring a plate of supper to share during the dance.

Joysssance vous Donneray

Negri’s Courante (new II)

La Bohaimiene (V)

Manches Vertes (V)

Menuet de la Reine (1) (V)

Le Jeu des quatres (V)

La Bacchante & contredanse (V)

Le Cotillion and Cotillon de Surenne (V) together with (2x on each tune then back to 1st x1)

Petersen’s no.5 to Wernigeröder Englischer Tanz no.1

Petersen’s no.5 to Beethoven’s Contradance no.6 (under Douze- 4 hands- AAABBCC only)

Wernigeröder Englischer Tanz no.19

Triolet (1) (new VII)  to La Poule (2) played AABBCC (for Triolet in your Volume VIII)

The Conversation - using one of Beethoven 6 Deutsche no.6 payed AABBCC

Lauchery’s Ecossaise for 1823.

Länger’s Ecossaise for 1824 - to Beethoven’s Sechs Ecossaisen.

Pecour’s L’Allemande and Allemande à 2  (new VI)- all set to Allemande (3) in Vol. V

The Sixdrilles (new VIII) set to Mundy’s First Set

Dashing White Sergeant- for La Danse Florence

Country Bumpkin / Reel of Nine - to Morphet Rant

Mon. 17 October, 7-9pm

First class in our 8 week LAKENITE learning. 

Dance from Shakespeare to Jane Austen 

course at Ginninderra college,Belconnen. Open to all.

Sat 15 October, 7-11pm

Canberra Baptist Church Hall, 11 Currie Cres, Kingston


Courant/La Bohemienne  (II new)

La Gillotte (new III)

La Chasse (V) - HG

Gallerie d’Amour (V)

Path to the Well (Spring 1)

La Bourgogne (V)

Blessmann’s no.1 or Fricke no.1 (new VI)

Fourth of June (new VI) - need to retest

Minuet à deux (V) and/or à quatre (1) (V)

Albert’s Quadrille (new X)

Kreuz-Ecossaise (new VII- to ??)

Ecossaise in 2 col. (new VII to Beet.’s)

Wechsel-Waltz (new to Triolet W. (VIII)

Contrafasseur / St Martin’s Lane (both new V)

Marset no.2 (new VI)- possibly

Giddy Prom.(Summer 6)

Celtic Spiral (Spring 8)

Burley Griffin Bourrée (Country 13)|

Keraus (new VII) 

The months email out read:

1) It’s A.C.T. election day this Saturday and we have a clear choice—between staying at home in front of the T.V. and wearing something colourful to our 7-11pm mid-Spring floral frolic at Canberra Baptist Church Hall, Currie St., Kingston. Live music and fun dances will be bursting forth and you’ll want to join in on the wild c.1600 courant called ‘La Bohemiene’ and gavotte called ‘La Gillotte’, and on the c.1700 contradances called ‘La Chasse’ and ‘Les Galleries d’Amour’.

You will, however, have lots of voting dilemmas. To a great tune by Purcell you’ll have to choose between doing the 2 person ‘Les Contrafaiseurs’ and doing the country dance ‘St Martin’s Lane’ that I’ll teach. To Grétry’s famous Menuet de la Cour tune you’ll have to choose between doing Gardel’s Rococo ballet or a Victorian pastiche that I’ll teach. To a beautiful minuet you can choose between doing a formal two-person version or the casual four-person one I’ll lead…. and when it comes to the beautiful Baroque couples dance ‘La Bourgogne’ (with its courant, sarabande, bourrée and passpied passages) you’ll have to choose between watching it and having another piece of cake. 

You will have to choice between two partners in the ‘Wechsel-Waltz’ and between two columns in an Écossaise set to some Beethoven (and you thought dancing between columns in a contradance was just a modern American invention!).You’ll have to follow a leaders choice of figures in the ‘Kreuz (Cross)-Ecossaise’—all three of these dances all coming from a fabulous 1824 dance manual I’ve been translating.  

German, Italian and Spanish masters numbered their original country dances and we’ll enjoy Blessmann's no.1 , Magri’s no.16 and Marset’s no.2. In France and England they named their dances and we’ll enjoy a new version of ‘La Tempête’ and a dance named after the date the English colonised French Canada, ‘The Fourth of June’. 

You will all want to elect to do our night’s feature dance, the Albert’s Quadrille, 120 years ago one of the most popular dances in Australia.

A couple of weeks ago I discovered that Bordonian dances are being enjoyed by enthusiasts in Finland and that their list of favourites includes some we haven’t had on a ball program in Canberra for 10 years. So let’s rediscover the fun mixers ‘Path to the Well’ (Spring 1), ‘Giddy Promenade’ (Summer 6) and ‘Celtic Spiral’ (Spring 8)…  and for Bordonian connoisseurs let’s let ‘The Burley Griffin Bourrée’ (Country 13) spring forth.

We ran out of time last month to enjoy ‘Keraus’, a European version of the finishing dance ‘Sir Roger de Covereley’ or ‘Strip the Willow’ so we won’t miss ending with it this month.

2) On Sunday 16 October anyone at the ball the night before is welcome to a recovery 10:30am brunch at our home (set in a very pleasant garden) in Yarralumla. We’d especially love new comers to take this opportunity to see some genuine dance manuals from the last 5 centuries, and to watch some snippets of dance videos and films. We’ll bake some scones etc, but if you want to stay for lunch please bring a pot-luck contribution. Alcuin is keen for us to take the canoes out after lunch (as we can walk them to the lake from our place) and you are welcome to join us - cloths should be fine as our canoes are very stable.

3) This coming Monday 17 October we have a group ready to start the ‘Dance from Shakespeare to Jane Austen’ 7-9pm Monday evening class at Ginninderra College in Belconnen,  part of the LakeNiteLearning program… but we urgently need 1 more enrollee for the course to run… so please help us out! Even if you can’t join us, get a friend to enroll and discover the world of historical dance.

Sun 24 September, 10am-1pm

Commonwealth Park, Canberra


From c.1600

Les Bouffons

Chiara Stella 

From c.1700

La Bacchante contredanse

La Bacchante ballet

La Chasse

Les Contrefaiseurs ballet

La Coquette

Le Cotillon

Gavotte du Roy

Jamaica/Bonne Amitié

La Matelotte

Menuet à quatre

Minuet à deux

Le Pistolet 

From c.1770

Guillaume’s Allemande

La Pontlevoy

From Bordonia

The Battering Ram

Sat 17 September, 7-11pm

Canberra Baptist Church Hall, 11 Currie Cres, Kingston


Our announcement:

Our pirate theme makes a long awaited return! Any dress from any century will be fine (villanous or innocent) but if you are stuck in modern casual and arrive before 7pm we might have a spare tricorn we can loan you so you'll look respectable when William Steed leads his famous 'Walk the Plank' dance. Please share this flyer with friends or print it off for your sea-chest. Our Pirate Ball used to always be in September and this year falls just two days before 'International Talk Like a Pirate Day’. Happy planning! 

Our email out:

Hope your ship and crew are ready to catch the return of our ‘Pirates and Princess’ ball this coming Saturday (just 2 days before  ‘International Talk like a Pirate day’). We’ll  be launching the fun at 7pm at Canberra Baptist Church Hall in Currie St., Kingston. If your hat’s blown overboard, come a bit early and we might have a spare tricorn you can borrow (though no costume or special dress is required). You’ll want to be there by 7pm in any case so as to enjoy meeting the new dancers from our University class who are coming to their very first ball, and to enjoy the full program we have planned.

To bring out the pirate in everyone we’ll enjoy dances such as Pirate ball favourites ‘The Female Sailor’, ‘The Battering Ram’, ‘Walking the Plank’ and ‘Rough Seas’—the last to the tune ‘The Sailor’s Hornpipe’. And everyone will either get to see or be part of a mass display of the 16th century French sword dance ‘Les Bouffons’. Another display will be equally combative—the early 18th century ballet ‘Les Contrefaiseurs’ where men and women compete in imitating each other (to a wonderful Purcell tune).

To momentarily make princes and princesses of everyone we’ll teach two elegant 15th century Italian-recorded French-style Bassedances (‘Borges’ and ‘Mignotta Nova’) and a 17th/18th century Versailles favourite, ‘Le Menuet à quatre’. 

There’ll be fun for everyone with longways contradances from Germany, Italy and Spain ('Blessmann’s no.3', 'Magri’s no. 8' , 'Marset no.1' and 'Miss Bland’s Allemande'), lively set dances for 3 or 4 couples from 17th century Italy and France ('Brando di Cales' and 'La Gillotte') and the snazzy all-involving late 19th century quadrille ‘Quadrille Americaine’

I’m sure we’ll also have takers to debut two amazing dances from the 18th century—one of the earliest French 4 couple cotillion inventions (‘Cotillon de Surenne’) and an Italian invention for upward facing ranks of 5 (‘Magri’s no.9’)

 We’ll save the traditional English end-of-evening ‘Sir Roger de Coverely’ for our Jane Austen Festival next April, but why don’t we end this Saturday with our debut of the easy fun German / Austrian equivalent from that same period, a dance called ‘Keraus’.

Looking forward to your company! 

The program that was realised:

Basse dance Borges (new I)

Mignotta Nova (new I)

Les Bouffons (II)

Brando di Cales (III)

La Gillotte (new III)

La Matelotte  (V)

Menuet à quatre (V)

Les Contrefaiseurs (new V)

Le Cotillon de Surenne (new V)

Blessmann’s no.3 (new VI)

Magri’s no. VIII (new VI)

Marset no.1(new VI)

Miss Bland’s Allemande (new VI)

Quadrille Americaine (IX)

Battering Ram (LD Aut.7)

Rough Seas (Odd Delights- to Sailor's Hornpipe)

Walk the Plank

Free Allemande (or whole of Simon Guillaume’s c.1770 sequence)

Sat. 20 August, 7-11pm, 

End of Winter Feast & Frolic.

Dress however you like!

Featuring lots of fun dances that have been introduced in various classes over the preceding month and lots of new dances 

John has been inspired to work up following his recent Grand 5 week European dance tour.  

Canberra Baptist Church Hall, 11 Currie Cres, Kingston

The promotional email went:

Temperatures will plunge tomorrow but improve dramatically at 7pm when the music strikes up for the opening dance of our "End of Winter" Ball at Canberra Baptist Church Hall in Kingston. You are welcome to come through anytime from 6:30pm in order to get a ticket (if you haven’t already in person or online at http://www.earthlydelights.com.au/upcoming ), to find a place for your supper contribution, to introduce yourself and friends you may have brought to others, and to start your warm-up with a cup of Aylwen’s hot-spiced apple juice (only concocted once a year!).  

No special dress is required, though any fancy dress you care to wear is welcome :)

Enjoy two dozen dances from the last 500 years (fun for all regardless of experience)— including:

•   a suite of dances that used to bring everyone onto the ballroom floor in Renaissance times; 

•   an old English round that returns you home in the last bar;

•   a 17th cent. English country dance popular in 19th century Russia (even mentioned in Tolstoy’s War and Peace); 

•   a dance done at Versailles to the 16th century English tune Greensleeves; 

•   a contradance and baroque ballet about wild women both set to the same tune; 

•   a mixer in which you are lovestruck by every opposite met;

•   some of the earliest and latest dances in the square set cotillion form;  

•   some great inventions by two of the best late 18th century ‘English country dance’ writers (and one was Italian); 

•   the debut of the little known but fabulous 1860s quadrille ‘Les Cinq Parties du monde’ (‘The Five Parts of the World’)- by the little known nephew of the famous Cellarius; 

•   a thrilling 8 couple Bordonian corner meeting dance; 

•   and, as a finale, a late 19th century game that galops under the title of ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’. 

Till tomorrow night!

The Program we danced was:

Danse de Cleves

Branle -opening (II)

Jamaica/Bonne Am (IV)

Daniel Cooper (new IV)

Newcastle (IV) 

St Martin’s Lane (new IV)

La Bacchante (1) - the ballet (V)

La Bacchante (2) - the contredanse (V) 

Le Cotillon (new V) 

La Gavotte du Roy (V)

Manches Vertes (newV)

Le Pistolet (V) 

Blessman’s no.2 (new VI)

Magri’s Contradanza no. XVI (new VI)

La Pontlevoy (new VI)

Cinq Partis du Monde (new IX)

Gates of Terpsichore - LD  Spring 6 

Charge of Lightbrigade (new X) to the Wind-up Galop.

Sat. 30 July, 3:00-5:30pm 

First class in 10 week 2nd semester 


 ANU Sport’s Lifestyle programme

ANU Sport Centre studio 1, 

David Cocking Sport & Recreation Centre

North Road, Australian National University.

These live-music classes offer priceless fun, exercise, socialising and skill building (whether a complete novice or experienced dancer). 



Canberra Baptist Church Hall, Kingston,

Saturday 16 July 7-11pm 

Alternating between dances from Lost Dances of Earthly Delights Vol. 1: Pleasures for Four Seasons, and dances from Volume IV of John’s Historic Dance (expanded edition to be released end of 2016 as Dancing through the Ages).

Dizzy Mixer (Spring 3)

Epping Forest (IV)

Yarraluma Rumba (Spring 7)

Gathering Peascods (IV)

Lotsi’s Spell (Spring 11)

Black Nag (IV)

Opposites Attract (Spring 12) 

Jenny Plucked pairs (IV)

The Clap Waltz (Spring 14)

Grimstock (IV)

Four Baskets (Spring 15)

Lilli Burlero (IV)

Indoor Games (Spring 16)

Cold and Raw (IV) 

The Bridges of Konigsberg (Spring 10)

Giddy Promenade (Summer 6)

Take Eyes (Autumn 2)

Nonesuch (IV) 

The Druid's Ring (Winter 15)- just listening

FROM LATE MAY TO LATE JUNE 2016 John & Aylwen with 4 other members of their Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy) were in EUROPE. They greatly appreciated the friendship and hospitality extended to them over 5 weeks in 5 countries.  In between enjoying dance workshops, special events, soirées, grand balls, and dance & costume research in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and France (including balls at Rothenfels castle, Festetics Palace in Budapest, Bismarckhöhe in Potsdam, and Théâtre des Variétés in Paris), Aylwen presented costume workshops on a number of themes and JOHN PRESENTED THE FOLLOWING DANCE WORKSHOPS: 

N.B. Roman numerals in parenthesis refer to relevant volume of John’s historical dance work- new edition due out late Nov.2016.

N.B. The 8 programs within this box are presented in chronological order even though event boxes on this 2016 page as a whole are presented in reverse chronological order.

Thursday 26, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May 2016

‘The Gresley manuscript dances and their Italian connection’ workshop x 3 

at the 4th International Historical Dance Symposium


featuring c.1500 Italian & English dance (all from John’s Vol. I) with musicians from the Akademie Burg Sternberg, Zentrum für Alte Musik und historischen Instrumentenbau

2-person dances



Libeau desconus

Simple 3-person relay dances

Petit Rinense



More involved 3-person dances

Lioncello nuovo



Wed 25, Thursday 26 and Friday 27 May 2016

‘All involving dances of late 16th and early 17th century Italy and the persistence of propensities and ideas across lands and centuries’ dance evening x 3

at the 4th International Historical Dance Symposium


featuring c.1600 Italian dances with musicians from the Akademie Burg Sternberg- Zentrum für Alte Musik und historischen Instrumentenbau

Barriera / Barriera nuovo (II)

Ballo del Fiore (II)

Contrapasso in ruota (II)

Fedeltà (II)

Furioso all’ Italiana (II)

Villanicco (III)

Medley of Chiaranzana(II)/Catena d’amore(III)/Caccia d’amore (III)variants                        

Tues 31 May 2016

Costumed evening sharing Renaissance dance with the Augsburger Geschlechtertanz society


included (among other dances shared):

Eglamowr (I)

Talbott (I)

Ballo del Fiore (II)

Contrapasso in ruota (II)

Fedeltà (II)

Villanicco (III)

Displayed: Lioncello nuovo (II)


Thurs 2 June 2016

Late 18th and early 19th century dance workshop

at the Musikum Salzburg (with thanks to organiser Verena Brunner)


included (may be others I’ve missed):

La Perigordine (VI)

Les Belle filles de Norwich (VI) - a 12 person cotillion

Les Quatre Berceaux (VI) - a 12 person cotillion

Française en rond (VII)

Highland Laddie as a Mescolanze (VII)

The Spanish Waltz (2) (VIII) 

Tues 14 June 2016

Napoleonic/Biedermeier era dance workshop,

at Biedermeierstrand theatre (with thanks to organiser Iris Trauzettel)



Française en rond (VII)

Black Dance / Galopade (1) (VII)

La Perigodine (VII)

Quadrille Française (1) (VII) - four of five figures to Paine’s set

Lady Caroline Lee Waltz (VII)

Ecossaise to Beethoven’s 6 Ecossaises

La Boulangère (1) (VII)


Thurs 16 June 2016

‘The 18th century Allemande’ workshop

6. Internationale Barocktanztage hosted by Potsdamer Rokoko


featuring the multi-figure couples allemande sequence

Allemande (3) (VI) - Guillaume’s

Allemande (5) (VII) - La Strasbourgoise

also featuring dancing illustrating the allemande inside other forms:

L’Allemande - Pécour’s couples ballet (V)

Allemande de Devin Village - a 4 couple cotillion (VI)

Moll Peatley, new way (V) - a double time country dance

La Riswic (VI) - a triple time country dance


Friday 17 June 2016

‘Cotillions for twelve’ workshop

6. Internationale Barocktanztage hosted by Potsdamer Rokoko


Les Belle filles de Norwich (VI) - Bruckfield

Douze (VI) to Beethoven’s Kontratanz no.6

Les Quatre Berceaux (VI) - Gaudrot

Contredanza XXXIIII (VI) - Magri


Sat 25 June 2016

Day workshop on Australian dances hosted by the society Quadrille Français.

Téâtre du Renard


featuring dance and tunes from 19th century Australian manuals and scores, together with dance and music compositions by John Gardiner-Garden inspired by 19th century forms. 

DISPLAYED: Waltz medley The Alexandrina Waltz (Town 9) x 2  Hands off Waltz (Village 10) x2  Even Handed Ländler (Village 12) x 2  I Wonder as I Wander (a short 16 bar sequence) x 2. MUSIC used: Lost Dances Village CD, track 10, THEN TAUGHT: The Alexandrina Waltz to the same music as above, but I could have taught it to its own tune, Town 9, or any other 32 bar waltz.

TAUGHT: 'Cotillion l’Evéntail’ from Richard Lovenberry, The Australian M.C. (Brisbane, 1884)(in forthcoming ‘Dancing through the Ages’ book 30). MUSIC used: from my Lost Dances Autumn CD, track 3 (a tune set I normally use for my ’Secret Liaison Waltz’ dance that was inspired by the early/mid 19th century 'Spanish Waltz').

DISPLAYED: Polka medley Loose Cannon Galop (Winter 7) x2, Grapevine Polka (Village 3)x2, Hot Cross Polka (Country 1)x2, Pyrotechnic Polka (Autumn 1)x2. MUSIC used: Lost Dances Village CD, track 3. THEN TAUGHT: The ‘Loose Cannon Galop’ and 'Grapevine Polka’ to the same music as above, but could have used their signature sets or any other polka music.

TAUGHT:  Le Quadrille de Jean Gilles by J.H.Christinson, published in A Manual of Dancing and Etiquette, (Maitland, New South Wales, 1884)(in forthcoming ‘Dancing through the Ages’ book 31), MUSIC: recording of Sally Taylor’s playing of Charles d’Albert’s piano score The Sydney Exhibition Quadrille (which included the French song).

DISPLAYED a Varsovienne medley: La Va ouvert (Country 6) x2 La Va melangée (Court 9) x2 La Va croissée (Town 11) x2. MUSIC: LD Country 6. THEN TAUGHT La Va ouvert (Country 6) to the same music.

DISPLAYED some polka-mazurka variations I put together to Armand Roeckel’s piano score, 'The Australian Polka Mazurka’ (Sydney, 1863)- I put them together in the order described for a polka-mazurka in J.Kurth, Der gewandte Ball-und Vortänzer, Erfurt, c.1854, pp.32-34.(in forthcoming ‘Dancing through the Ages’ book 27).

DISPLAYED a mazurka medley: Barbarous Elegance (Court 2) x 2 (opposite foot start), Ad Absudam Sur Place (Village 15) x 2, Russian Tour (Town 4) x 2 (left foot start), Vulgarian Salutions (Village 2)(short 16bar sequence) x2 (left foot start. MUSIC was Town 4. THEN TAUGHT: Vulgarian Salutations (Village 2) (short 16 bar sequence) x2 (left foot start)

TAUGHT figures 3, 4 and 5 of the Lancers for 16 as it appeared in some Australian manuals (Robert’s Manual of Fashionable Dancing (Melbourne, 1875); Mrs Chad Read, Australian Ballroom Guide (Sydney, 1876), Richard Lovenberry, The Australian M.C., or Dancers Enquire Within’ (Brisbane, 1884)- but mostly following Read’s instructions which seem to follow instructions published in England by Louis d’Egville) set to a piano score based on Arthur Sullivan’s 'Pirates of Penzance’ .

DISPLAYED a left-foot high-promenade-hold-starting schottische medley: Southern Highland Schottishe (Country 4) x2, The Showdown Schottische (Town 10) x2, Switch, Swish and Swing (Court 13) x2 Reprise of Southern Highland Schott. x 1  MUSIC: LD Country 4. THEN TAUGHT my 'Showdown Schottische’ to the same tune used above,but I could have use the Town 10 tunes I wrote for it or any other 32 bar schottische. 

TAUGHT Mrs Henderson’s Double Quadrille (Mrs Henderson’s Etiquette of the Ball-room and Guide, no date but perhaps c.1856, pp.56-60, in forthcoming ‘Dancing through the Ages’ book 27). MUSIC:  recording of Sally Taylor’s playing of Merriott's piano score 'The Waverley Quadrille’ (figures 1-4) and A.Redler’s Les Rats (fig. 5).  Source: 

DISPLAYED and TAUGHT for some my Wind-up Galop (my Odd Delights book).  MUSIC: Sally Taylor’s playing of Charles Godfey’s 1871 ‘The Wind-up Galop’.

TAUGHT my Juggling Partners (Lost Dances of Earthly Delights, Volume I, Summer 15. MUSIC: Track 15 from LD Summer CD.

TAUGHT my Battle of Waterloo (Odd Delights book). MUSIC: recording of Sally Taylor’s playing of Beethoven’s Contradance no.4 (WoO14#4).

Saturday 21 May, 7-11pm


Canberra Baptist Church Hall, Kingston 

c.1500 Italian & English  (vol.I)

2-person dances



Libeau desconus

Simple 3-person relay dances

Petit Rinense



More involved 3-person dances

Lioncello nuovo



c.1600 Italian (vol.II&III)

Barriera (for 2) / Barriera nuovo (for as many as will)

Ballo del Fiore

Contrapasso in ruota


Furioso Italiana


Medley of Chiaranzana / Catena d’amore /Caccia d’amore 

Later era dances

Beseda Quadrille (IX)

also (as best as remembered at time of writing a 6 weeks later):

Australian Polka Mazurka (IX)

Free Mazurka medley to Village 5: Town 4 Boots and Blades (Autumn 14) x 2, Blackforest Mazurka (Village 5) x 2, Askance Romance (Town 13) x 2  (sh) Conjuring L’Amour (Cntry 12) x 2

Free Polka medley to Autumn 10: Fast Forward (Cntry 7) x 2 (out. to l.f.) Peek-a-boo Polka (Town 15) x 2 (l.f.) The Courtship Polka (Aut. 13) x2 (l.f.) Wrong foot Polka (Aut. 10) x 2 (r.f.)

Free Schottische medley to Country 4: Southern Highland Schott. (Country 4) x2, The Showdown Schottische (Town 10) x2, Switch, Swish and Swing (Court 13) x2 Reprise of Southern Highland Schott. x 1  

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 15, 16 & 17 April


Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue Canberra.

Here are some photos from workshops and balls in hall over the three days and nights of the festival. They were taken by Steven Shaw, presented here with his kind permission and are only to be used elsewhere with his permission. Hopefully later we'll get up a selection of other people's photos too and some photos taken outside the dance hall playing games, on the promenade and at the picnic. Click on an image if you want to see higher resolution examples and click through to see more of Steven Shaw's Jane Austen JAFA Dance Photos from the Albert Hall, Canberra at http://ausact.com/jafa.html

Listed in the next six sections BELOW the photos are the dances programs.

(For the many non-dance workshops and activities see the full Festival program on the JAFA web-site). The Roman numerals in brackets next to the dances in the workshop represent the relevant Volume number in John's forthcoming Dancing through the Ages series. Most dances were danced both a daytime workshop and the matching evening ball but there were a few dances enjoyed in workshops that we did not have time to redance in the evening, and there were a few dances enjoyed at evening balls that were not danced in workshops.The order in which dances were danced in workshops and balls was approximately that given here, but not exactly. 

Enjoy the reminiscing!


featuring dances for the 18th century into which Austen was born.

9:15-10:30 The Georgian country dancethe fun into which Austen was born. 

Bellamira  (IV) 

Tythe Pig (IV)

Moll Peatley, the new way (V)

Comical Fellow (VI)

La Riswic (VI)

11:00-12:30 The Cotillion——a craze that spread to England. 

La Bohaimiene (V) Cm&Am

Strasbourgeoise (1) (VI)

La Folie ou le gout du siècle (vi)

Allemande de Devin Village (VI)

Pouvoir de la beauté (vi) + AA

1:30-3:00    Dances in big formations—period fun in large squares for 12 and 16. 

La Meditation Chinois (VI)

Contradance XXXVIII (VI)

Belle Filles de Norwich (VI)

3:30-5.00    Couples dances of the late 18th century–the minuet and allemande.


Allemande (3) (VI)

Allemande (5) (VII) – to ‘Miss Bland’s Allemande’

Les Quatre Berceaux (VI)Leather Lake


6:30 for 7:00-11:00pm 

Opening minuets by Mozart and Gréty

Tythe Pig

La Folie ou le goût du siècle

Les Belles Filles de Norwich


Gillian Dooley and the festival singers and harpists

Comical Fellow

La Bohaimiene

Aimable Vainqueur by Louis Pécour

Pouvoir de la beauté

Der Prager Student 

REFRESHMENT & Fashion Parade

Free Allemande

Allemande de Devin Village

L’Allemande by Louis Pécour

La Riswic

Les Quatre Berceaux 

Break & Impro Theatre ACT  

Leather Lake

La Meditation Chinois

Moll Peatley


featuring dances from the period of Jane Austen’s novels


9:15-10:30    The Austen-era country dances—longways dances for the ball

Battle of Leipzig (VII)

Strawberries & Cream (3) (new VI)

CountryBumpkin (1) - to Sir  Roger de Coverley (VII) 

Lady Caroline's Waltz (VII)

11:00-12:30  The Quadrille—the square dance that conquered the country dance

Quadrille Francais (2) – to Paine’s 1st set.

Lancers Quadrille (2) (VII)  to Duval’s set

The Douze (VI) to Beethoven 6 as 4h.

The Battle of Waterloo (Odd Delights) to Beethoven’s Kontratanz no.4, 

1:30-3:00      The new set dances—Écossaises, reels and continental mixers

Francaise en rond (new)

Scotch Reel of 5 (VII)

Free Ecossaise to Beethoven’s 6 Ecossaises

Francaise royal (new)

Monferina (new) tune

3:30 -5:00     The new couples dancesthe waltz and mazurka

Waltz (1) (VII)

The National Waltz (VII)

O Du Lieber Augustin (VII)

Mazurka Ecossaise (OD) - to abbreviated Hart 's suite

Mazurka Quadrille- to Mazurka of spa.


6:30 for 7:00-11:00pm 

 Opening minuets by Bach and Hayden

Opening Polonaise

Quadrille Français to Paine’s 1st set.

Lady Caroline’s Lee Waltz

Scotch Reel of 5

Battle of Leipzig

Française en rond

Lancers Quadrille to Duval’s set

La Strasbourgeoise

The National Waltz

La Galopade / Black Dance


 Strawberries & Cream (3) (VI)

La Française royal (VII)

Magri’s Contradance no.XXXVIII (VI)

 O Du Lieber Augustin (VII)

Country Bumpkin (1) (VII)


Ecossaise to Beethoven’s 6 Ecossaises 

Mazurka Ecossaise (Odd Delights)

 The Battle of Waterloo to Beethoven’s Kontratanz no.4 (Odd Delights) 


featuring dances from the decades immediately following Austen’s death.

9:00-10:30 The new hybrid dances—the Spanish, Swedish and Mescolanze

The Spanish Waltz (2) (VII)

La Tempete 1c (VII)

The Triumph (1) (VII)

Highland Reel (VIII) 

Carillon de Dunkerque (VII)

11:00-12:30 The new couples dances—waltz variants, mazurka, gallop and polka

Cotillion games (VIII)  (VIII)

The Wind-up Galop (Odd delights)

La Galopade (2) (VIII)

Mazurka Quadrille (2) (VIII) to arrangement of Hart suite (VIII)

Polka- to Opera Polka / Polka Nationale (VIIIP)

PROMENADE & PICNIC in the Old Senate Rose Garden

2:15-3:30 The new quadrilles—with exciting new figures and music.

Blasis’ New set of Quadrille (VIII)

Mrs Henderson’s (IX) – to ‘Waverley Quadrille’ set



4:30 for 5:00-9:00pm

Grand parade of costumes leading into…

Mrs Henderson’s Double Quadrille (IX)to ‘The Waverley Quadrilles’

Le Carillon de Dunkerque (VII)

The Swedish Dance (VIII) to Mozart 1st rondo

La Tempête (1) (VII)

Free Ländler or Waltz to Beethoven Ländlers

The Spanish Waltz

The Highland Reel

Blasis’ New set of Quadrilles 


 Free Mazurka

Cotillion dance games  …including with scarves

Lancers for 16 to Arthur Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzanze’

La Galopade to Offenbach’s Infernal Galop (‘The Can-Can’)

Free Galop to the ‘Wind-up Galop’

Friday 25 March 5:20-6:40 and Sunday 27 March 2:30-5:00pm


Exhibition Park in Canberra

Pre 1500


Gelosia (I)

 16th century

Fedeltà (II)

Contrapasso (II) 

17th century

Black Jack


Early 18th cent.

Coquette (V) and/or Moll Peatley the New way (V)

La Bohaimiene (V)

Late 18th cent.

Galopade /Black Dance (VI)

Prager Student. (VI)

Early 19th cent.

Francais en rond (new)

La Triolet (VIII)

Late 19th cent.

Quadrille Polo Americain  to Les Rats (4 hands) suite (last 2 figures only)

Quadrille de Jean Gilles  to the Sydney Exhibition Quadrille (X) (all 5 figures) 

John G-G choreography in early 19th cent. style

Battle of Waterloo to Beethoven's Kontratanz no.4.

Saturday 19 March, 7- 11pm


All Saints Church Hall, Ainslie 

Pre 1500


Gelosia (I)

16th century

Fedeltà (II)

Contrapasso (II)

17th century

Black Jack


Early 18th cent.

Coquette (V) and/or Moll Peatley the New way (V)

La Bohaimiene  (V)

Late 18th cent.

Galopade /Black Dance (VI)

Prager Student. (VI)

Early 19th cent.

Francais en rond (new)

La Triolet (VIII)

Mazurka Quadrille

Late 19th cent.

Quadrille Polo Americain to Les Rats (4 hands) suite (all 5 figures)

Quadrille de Jean Gilles  to the Sydney Exhibition Quadrille (X) (all 5 figures)

John G-G choreography in early 19th cent. style

Battle of Waterloo to Beethoven's Kontratanz no.4.

Near Miss Galop to Winter 15.


at UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra, as part of that college’s ‘Lake Nite Learning’ program. 

At last an historical dance class in the Belconnen region. 

Everyone welcome!


Monday 4 April, we are starting a new Dancing from Shakespeare to Jane Austen evening course at Ginninderra College, Belconnen, as part of Lakenite Learning, running across 6 Mondays and 2 Tuesdays (24/4 and 17/5), 7-9pm. We’re having a wonderful 1st term class and enrolments for our next class will open on Tuesday 22 so on that day you can click on the link above and hit the ‘ add me to the class button’.

Saturday 20 February, 7- 11pm


All Saints Church Hall, Ainslie. 

From late 16th century

Alta Vittoria

Ballo del Fiore

Barriera nuova


From early 17th century

Caccia d’Amore


From late 17th century

Black Jack

The 29th May

What you please

From early 18th century

Aimable Vainqueur

From late 18th century

La Riswic1756

From early 19th century

Francaise en rond

The Country Bumpkin (to Sir Roger de Coverley (2) VII&Town 16

From late 19th century


Quadrille Polo Americain

From early 20th century

Quadrille Le Bridge

Lulu Fado

From Bordonian repertoire

Waltz medley to Village 10.

Mazurka medley to Town 4.

Polka medley to Village 3.

Sat. 16 January, 7-11pmNew Year BALL

All Saints Church Hall, Cowper St., Ainslie

A fresh start to the year with freshly researched dance material from across the centuries and from across Europe—some from manuscripts and books that have only just come to light. 

c. 1500 Italy


c. 1600 Italy

Leggiadra Marina

Spagnoletta Regolata

c. 1650-1700 England



The Gun Flee

The Maid in the Mil

Mulberry Garden

Old Simon the King

c. 1700 France

La Vielle Bourrée

 c. 1760 England

Strawberries and Cream (3)

New Twelfth Night

c. 1820 France & Germany

Francaise en ronde

Francaise royal

c. 1900 Paris

Gavotte du Pas de Quatre