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Saturday 7 March, 3:00-5:30pm – DANCING THROUGH THE AGES

Start of 1st semester 10 week course in ANU Sport’s Lifestyle programme, ANU Sport Centre studio 1. 

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

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ANU Sport & Recreation is located in Building 19 (David Cocking Sport & Recreation Centre), North Road, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200.



Enjoy three days and nights of dance (music, costume, theatre, food and other fun) at our Jane Austen Festival Australia from 10-12 April 2015 at the historic ALBERT HALL.


We’ll dance for 3 hours every morning and 3 plus hours every evening and in between all-can-enjoy cave tours, river walks, thermal-pool-swimming, games, sleeping, cooking and eating. The accommodation, food preparing areas, lounges and dance rooms are simply fantastic. We arrive and start dancing on Monday 13 April and depart on Friday 17 April. In between will make a theme on successive days of dance from 1825 to 1850,1850 to 1875 and 1875 to 1900—but any 19th century dress, be it from day or evening dress from any of these periods is fine. We’ll have a big cave tour in full Victorian era costume and there’s a prize for those who manage a Victorian era bathing costume (otherwise your usual is fine!). 
(See some photos from the 2013 event.)

If you have any special need please don’t hesitate to email us to discuss. Looking forward to having you on board!

Wednesday Night Extension Classes

Learn more, have extra fun, get to work with original century old dance books, and enjoy the possibility of doing costumed public displays, by taking the extension classes on Wednesday evenings.  Class participants will need to bring smooth soled shoes and their own bottle of water (water bottles and t-shirts with academy logos are available from our accessories page).  Past Wednesday nighters have enjoyed exploring many many corners of our dance heritage, and enjoyed many wonderful performance outings, including interstate (though participation in the latter is entirely optional). The dance leadership is offered by academy's dance director Dr John Gardiner-Garden and the costume leadership, when wanting to plan for displays, by the academy's costume director Aylwen Gardiner-Garden. Those who are enrolled in both Saturday and Wednesday classes have access to free costume hire for balls and displays. Those enrolled for one dance class series have access to half-price costume hire.

2015 Wednesday Night Schedule


Costume Balls.

For more than 12 years we have run a regular 'costume ball' / dance party series. The balls/parties are normally on the 3rd-Saturday-of-the month and each one has a different historic theme (except for April, June and July). For more on such events see the above poster and the pages under Dance EventsFor more details on any of the above contact us on 0409 817 623 or 62811098.

Historical Fashion Dressmaking Classes

Our facility is a private and self-contained environment in central Canberra. Some of the Workshops offered in the past have been Elizabethan, 18th century and Regency stays, Victorian corsets, Elizabethan gowns, 1780s gowns, regency gowns, victorian bustle gowns, regency tailcoats, bonnets and chemises from all eras. Contact Aylwen if you wish to book a class or have her visit your town to run a class for you. 
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