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.

November 16, 2011

2012 Jane Austen Festival Australia Dance Stream

For those that have been waiting to see what dance workshops are on offer in 2012 - here is the list. The festival is designed to fit as many as want into the dance workshops, with limited-attendance workshops on the side. Some do a combination of sewing workshops, talks and dancing and some spend all their time dancing. Its up to you.

Jane Austen Festival Australia

12-15 April 2012


Special Offer: JAFA Season Ticket + 3-day English Dance Week

Dr John Gardiner-Garden
John is a dance teacher, researcher, choreographer and musician with over 20 years experience teaching, leading and playing for Regency (and other) era dancing, and with many dance books and recordings to his credit. He is the artistic director of Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy and leader of the band Earthly Delights.

Dance Workshops - 4 workshops a day, with the first workshop every day for newcomers - a warm up for all and a pre-requisite to attending the Ball on Saturday Night!

FRIDAY 13 April 2012

9:15-10:30 The Austen era country dance—an introduction to ‘the felicities of rapid motion’. 

11:00-12:15  We’re not at war with Paris—the French dances enjoyed in Austen’s England.  

1:30-2:45  The new craze from Scotland and what Darcy meant when he mentioned the reel.

3:15-4:30  The knotty German dance—the salsa of the Regency era.  

Dances drawn from daytime repertoire.

SATURDAY 14 April 2012

9:15-10:30  So tonight we’ gonna party like it's 1799—What you need to know to fudge the ball.

11:00-12:30 Dances that went to the music and names in the Austen family manuscripts. 

1:30-2:45 Imports from Austria and Russia—including the Duke of Devonshire’s favourite.

3:15-4:30 The easy minuet of the day—and how it became a folk dance.

Dances drawn from daytime repertoire.

SUNDAY 15 April 2012
11am-ish,  Chess pit in Commonwealth Park-The 32 person Chess dance—a hit in 2010—& other fun dances.

3:15-5:00pm Church Hall‘It’s a hard set that doesn’t ask for more’—a Jane Austen House Party with dances linked to her family plus your requests. 

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