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High Heels & Ghillies - Performance Sunday 27 May, 2.30pm in Macedon, Victoria.
A concert of music & dance from 18th-Century Scotland and France, presented by Evergreen Ensemble, under the direction of Shane Lestideau.
Beautiful instrumental and vocal works from the French Baroque period, Breton circle dances, Highland airs, and Scottish baroque jigs and reels. With special guests Fiona Garlick and John Barnard - baroque dancers & directors of Australia’s Early Dance Consort.
High Heels & Ghillies Flier

Shane Lestideau: Baroque violin, direction
David Rabinovici: Baroque violin & viola
Natasha Kraemer: Baroque cello
Myriam Arbouz: Soprano (France)

Fiona Garlick & John Barnard: Baroque dance

Dance in 18thC Scotland was strongly influenced not only by its own traditional dance repertoire, but by the French court. Dances such as the Sarabande, Corrente and Minuet were coupled with Scottish jigs and reels to form sonatas or suites. In France itself, a huge diversity of dance styles could be found between the balletic fashions of the royal courts of Louis XIV and the popular dances of the country villages. Evergreen Ensemble, with violins, cello, and the glorious voice of Myriam Arbouz, invite you to follow the intricate steps of these marvellous dancers as they wind their way down from the Highlands to Edinburgh and Versailles, Brittany, and the Centre of France. (See for information about other performances.)

Sun 27 May, 2:30pm, Church of the Resurrection Cnr Honour Avenue and Mount Macedon Road, Macedon, Victoria 3440. Bookings:  


Renaissance Dancers - Evening Classes in Court Dance 2018 Term 2 Evening Classes in Court Dance will begin on Thursday 3 May, and run for 10 weeks to July 5. The venue is at 181 Blues Point, North Sydney. Take a look at our Classes page for links to full information about the classes and the benefits of learning early dance, along with details about what to wear, the full 2018 Schedule and Class Brochure PDF. Hope to see you there.


2018 Summer Course image2018 Summer Course in Early Dance
Our 9th Summer Course was held from 10 -12 January (Wednesday to Friday) at the usual venue in North Sydney. Follow link for full details or see 2018 Summer Brochure and enrolment form.

EDC 2017 Christmas Party imageThe EDC Christmas Party will be on Thursday 14 December, 6.30-9.00pm. All welcome - students past, present and future (no ghosts!) and friends - to come and join us to celebrate another year of early dancing and mark the festive season in good company, with a little food & drink, conversation & dancing. Attire: Festive, with dance shoes.  As usual, please bring a plate of simple finger food or something non-alcoholic drink-wise to share. Cups and plates supplied. Hope to see you there.

2018 Evening Classes in Court Dance imageEvening Classes in Court Dancing come to an end for 2017 with the Christmas Party, but will resume in 2018. Follow links for information and 2018 Schedule, plus printable Brochure.

2017 Term 4 Classes held on Thursdays at 6.15pm, from 12 October, will run for 10 weeks up to and including our Christmas Party on Thursday 14 December. Classes are located in North Sydney, close to public transport.  Please visit our Classes page for further information. 2017 Class brochure

EDC 2017 Spring Ball 29 September, North Sydney

Dear EDC Students & Friends,

Bees aren’t the only ones dancing for Spring!

We’re hoping that you can join us for our
2017 Spring Ball -
Friday 29 September, 7.15-10pm,

at the usual class venue, 181 Blues Point Rd, North Sydney.

Please bring some simple finger food &/or drink (non-alcoholic) to share
(cups, plates &c provided) - not forgetting those dancing shoes.

Looking forward to seeing you there, in colours of Spring.
Best wishes from Fiona & John.
RSVP 27 September  0400 104 969  |
Entry $15 ($5 children)  PDF Invitation

Our 2017 Mid-Winter Ball falls on Bastille Day, Friday 14 July - so what better opportunity
to celebrate with French dances of the Ancien Régime plus one or two from La Révolution?

 2017 EDC Mid-Winter Bastille Ball image
It will be on Friday 14 July, 2017 from 7-10pm (a little later than usual),
at the usual venue, 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney.
Dress for dancing (and warmth) to match the Tricolore or
French-inspired costume if you can.
Confrères welcome, naturally.
Please bring some simple finger food &/or drink (non-alcoholic) to share
(we’ll provide cups, plates &c), in the spirit of égalité.
Hope to see you there! Best wishes from
Fiona & John.
RSVP 12 July 0400 104 969 |
Entry $15 ($5 children) Invitation

Term 2 Evening Classes will come to an end on Thursday 29 June. Term 3 Classes will begin after a 2-week break, at 6.15pm on Thursday 20 July, and will run for 10 weeks, up to Thursday 21 September. Please see our Classes pages for full details, including links to What to Wear, Class Schedule and 2017 Class Brochure.

Apologies if you tried to email us or visit website between 23 and 25 March. We, along with many other local businesses, were affected by a major outage.

2017 Summer Course in Early Dance
Our 2017 Summer Course in Early Dance and will be held from January 11-13 in North Sydney,
with a Summer Ball on 13 January.  PDF Brochure & Enrolment Form.

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