2017 Summer Course in Early Dance

2017 Summer Course in Early Dance
January 11-13 (Wednesday to Friday) North Sydney
Summer Ball 13 January

For details of our eighth annual Summer Course, see http://www.earlydanceconsort.com.au/EDC_Archives/EDC_2017/Summer_2017/Summer2017.htm


F&J_R_hands_webWhat better way to deepen our appreciation of the dance movements of the Bach Suites than through dance itself?  Baroque cellists Rosanne Hunt and Josephine Vains and baroque violinist Shane Lestideau collaborate with Fiona Garlick and John Barnard of Sydney’s Early Dance Consort in an exquisite program of works by Bach, Lully, Couperin, Marais and Scottish composers of the eighteenth century.

Baroque dancers
Fiona Garlick  John Barnard

Rosanne Hunt
Josephine Vains

Shane Lestideau

Special guest violinist
Elizabeth Wallfisch

Melba Hall, Royal Parade, Parkville (Melbourne)
$35 Adult  $25 Concession
Children 12 and under FREE

Bookings  www.trybooking.com/LUFO

Enquiries phone 0412 957 510 or bachcelloseries@yahoo.com.au

Baroque Dance Workshop

Menuet_baroque_danceSunday August 21, 2-5pm

Join Fiona Garlick and John Barnard of Sydney’s Early Dance Consort as they lead you into the elegant world of French baroque dance.

If you love Baroque music, you may have wondered what a
Minuet, Sarabande or Gavotte might look and feel like to dance.
This workshop is the perfect opportunity to step back to the baroque era for a taste of the French noble dances which graced European ballrooms and theatres for nearly a century, and gave the baroque suite its character.
Fiona Garlick and John Barnard will guide you in the technique and distinctive qualities of a selection of baroque dance types, and demonstrate excerpts from original choreographies of the era.

Sunday August 21, 2-5pm
Pleasance House
Level 4/178 Collins Street, Melbourne
Adult $65 / Concession $55
Earlybird discount $55 / $45 if booked before July 29
Bookings http://www.trybooking.com/MBBD
enquiries@earlydanceconsort or 0400 104 969

No previous experience or partner required

Clothing: Loose & comfortable to allow freedom of movement
(avoid tight skirts or trousers) Shoes: Lightweight, secure, and
comfortable shoes with low heel or flat, preferably without a rubber
sole. These could be ballet flats, jazz or character shoes, or
lightweight street shoes.

Flyer PDF

Mid-Winter Ball Friday 8 July 2016

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Dear Students & Friends,

We’re having our 2016 Mid-Winter Ball on Friday 8 July, 6.30-9.30pm,
& would be delighted if you can come and join us in some July jollity.
Friends & family are always welcome.
Wear warm, festive clothing or costume, & dancing shoes.
Bring a plate of simple finger food &/or drink (non-alcoholic) to share.
We’ll provide tea/coffee, cups, plates &c.

Hope to see you there!
Best wishes from
Fiona & John.

The Early Dance Consort
Entry $15 ($5 children) – please RSVP by 6 July
9416 5765 | 0400 104 969

PDF Invitation

2015 Summer Course in Renaissance & Baroque Dance, 6-8 January, North Sydney

2016 Summer Course in Renaissance & Baroque Dance

The Early Dance Consort 2016 Summer Course in Renaissance & Baroque Dance, 6-8 January, North Sydney

Our 7th Summer Course in Renaissance & Baroque Dance is just one month away, 6-8 January, 2016. It’s a great introduction to early dance for musicians, dancers, actors and anyone passionate about social history or period drama. No previous experience or partner required. The course will be held during the daytime in North Sydney, Wednesday to Friday, with a Summer Ball on the evening of Friday 8 January (all welcome). For full details, brochure & enrolment form visit

Summer 2016 


Enrolment form

Mid-Winter Ball 4 July 2014


The Early Dance Consort Mid-Winter Ball 2014, Friday 4 July 2014, 6.30pm-9.30pm, 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney

Yes, Dear EDC Students and Friends,

A Winter Ball is long overdue…
So this year you are warmly invited to join us for some festive and
footloose frolics (of the Renaissance & Baroque variety) amongst friends. The details: 6.30pm on Friday 4th July, in the usual class venue – 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney.
Hope to see you there, with the usual plate of finger food and/or drink to share (we’ll provide tea/coffee, cups, plates &c).
Please don’t forget that it is on a Friday evening this time.
Entry $15 ($5 children)
And we’d appreciate an RSVP by Wed 2 July so we have an idea of numbers.
PDF Invitation

With best wishes,

Fiona & John.

(02) 9416 5765 | 0400 104 969 | enquiries@earlydanceconsort.com.au

Dido & Aeneas – Sydney Festival 2014

And yet more things English and 17th Century …

A very different performance of Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas, for the Sydney Festival.
Sasha Waltz & Guests, Vocalconsort Berlin & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Choreography by Sasha Waltz
Music by Henry Purcell

16, 17, 20 & 21 January at 8pm
19 January at 5pm
Sydney Lyric Theatre at The Star

See  http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2014/Dance/Dido-Aeneas/

Bach & the Dance – Melbourne 15 December

Bach Cello Series 2013 Concert: Bach and the Dance
Fiona Garlick and John Barnard of The Early Dance Consort dance to movements from suites for cello and harpsichord by J.S.Bach.

Sunday December 15 at 3 pm
St Mark’s Anglican Church, 250 George St Fitzroy, Melbourne.
Tickets $30/$20.
Phone 0420 866461
Email bachcelloseries@yahoo.com.au

Fiona Garlick &John Barnard (dance)
with choreography by Fiona Garlick
Rosanne Hunt ( baroque cello), Josephine Vains ( modern cello)
Ann Morgan ( harpsichord)

J.S Bach
Suite for solo cello in C major
Suite for harpsichord in g minor (keyboard version of c minor cello suite)
Sonata for Gamba and Keyboard in g minor

Domenico Gabrielli
Ricercari for solo cello in D major and C major

Tea Dance travel update

Just a reminder about the Spring Tea Dance next Sunday 22 September, 1.30pm for 2pm-4.30pm in the St James Trust Building (Level 1, 160 Castlereagh Street, Sydney).

We have an important note regarding transport on the day: the Sydney Spring Running Festival is on that morning, including the Sydney Marathon, Half Marathon and Fun Runs.  As a result, the Harbour Bridge, Bradfield Highway and Cahill Expressway will be closed 4am to 11am. Many CBD streets will be closed until 1.30pm, with others (including Castlereagh St) being designated special event clearways until that time.  See http://www.sydneyrunningfestival.org/ which has a link to a PDF map, and http://m.livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/Incident.aspx?id=442341 for maps & info about road closures and clearways.

We urge you to come along – especially by train, as walking from Town Hall station is the best option. (Please check bus timetables for alterations due to road closures.) See 131500.com.au for up to date information.

If you’d still prefer to drive, allow extra time, and see http://www.wilsonparking.com.au/go/regions/sydney-city-south for Sunday $10 – $15 flat rate CBD parking options.

Let’s celebrate the Spring in a more elegant – if somewhat less energetic – manner! Or you could always follow that run with Tea and Trabucchetti. Either way, we looking forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,

Fiona & John.

Tea Dance details (as previously):
Date: Sunday 22 September, 2013
Time: 1.30pm for 2pm-4.30pm
Venue: Step Up Dance Studio, Level 1, 160 Castlereagh Street, Sydney (in the St James Trust Building, between Market and Park Streets). Map. See above for travel information update.
Dress: elegant dance wear or costume, but change facilities are limited.  Dance or light street shoes with non-marking soles.
Refreshments: Tea, coffee & light refreshments provided. Contributions suited to an afternoon tea – cakes, biscuits, sandwiches &c – would be appreciated, if pre-cut & ready to serve. (Cups, plates & napkins all provided.)
Bookings essential: places are limited and entry will be by ticket only at 160 Castlereagh Street.  The building is secured so guests will need to wait at the door to be met & escorted by lift to the studio. Phone 0400 104 969 for entry on the day.
Payment either (1) in cash at class (2) by cheque or money order to “The Early Dance Consort”  or (3) by direct deposit (please email for details).
Full details on the website, including PDF invitation.
Fiona Garlick & John Barnard

The Early Dance Consort

RSVP 02 9416 5765  |  0400 104 969