12-14 April 2019

Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia come and indulge themselves in everything Regency - including dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books. This festival is now a regular part of the ACT Heritage Festival, Australian Heritage Week and is supported by the ACT Government, the Australian Costumers Guild and the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy. Since its inception in 2008 this little festival has blossomed into one of the most delightful four days anyone could experience each April in an old and beautiful part of Canberra, the Federal capital of Australia.

May 06, 2010

Dance, Dancing and Dancing Masters in Jane Austen's Day - Friday 7 May 2010

Friday, May 07, 2010 from 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Cost: Free

Explore the rich history of western European dance from the 16th century to the 19th century. Enjoy learning how the institution of the ball, ballroom etiquette, dances, dance music, dancing technique and the role of the dancing master evolved over this 400 year period.

Period illustrations, literature and instruction manuals (including rare antique originals that will be on display) will make the story come alive.

Sessions and topics covered will be:
  • Friday 12 March - In Shakespeare's Day
  • Friday 9 April - In the Baroque Era
  • Friday 7 May - In Jane Austen's Day
  • Friday 11 June - In Charles Dickens' Day
About the presenter:
Dr John Gardiner-Garden is a dance historian, researcher and book collector, who is also a dancer, choreographer, musician and composer. He has written several books and has several more on the way. John is the director of the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy, the only academy in Australia where participants can learn about and revel in the music, dance and costumes from the Renaissance to Victoria eras, through weekly classes and monthly balls. He can also be caught around the country displaying anything from a galliard to a galop, a minuet to a mazurka, or with his band Earhtly Delights playing anything from pavans to tangos at anything from garden weddings to grand concerts.
Visit the Earthly Delights website at www.earthlydelights.com.au.

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