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Our performance with Consort 8: With Timbrell and Dance has been re-scheduled for 6.00pm on Saturday 13 August 2022, having been postponed due to the COVID-19 Greater Sydney Lockdown. It will take place at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, as part of its sesquicentenary (150th) Anniversary celebrations. See https://consort8.org/concerts/  for more information.

In the meantime, Consort 8 will be presenting In the Stillness of Time on Saturday 30 April, 6pm, at the same venue, featuring music of Ahle, Caldini, Campion, Cavendish, Dowland, Kogler, Lane, Ravenscroft, Sieg and Tunder. Details & bookings https://consort8.org/concerts

Evening Classes in Court Dance 2022 
Evening Classes 2022 Term 2 commences at 6.15pm on Thursday 28 April, and will run in North Sydney on 10 Thursday evenings to 30 June.
Please see Class Schedule and 2022 Class Brochure for information.
We plan to run on a revised COVID-19 Safety Plan to permit some proximity and contact while wearing masks, but will require everyone in attendance - teachers, students and any visitors - to show that they have been fully vaccinated and ideally boosted against COVID-19. We will still need to restrict numbers, encourage wearing masks indoors including during the class. QR check-in will be optional, but hand hygiene, ventilation and cleaning requirements will continue as before.
If you are interested in coming along to the classes, please email your details and let us know that you'd like to attend. We advise you to bring your own water and snacks. As ever, If you are at all unwell, or have been exposed to any recent close contact or other risks, do get a COVID-19 test and stay home, following all NSW Health guidelines.

2022 Evening Classes Term 1 commenced on Thursday 3rd February at 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney. We managed to get through the whole term, returning to the former extended schedule, observing the necessary precautions. 

PLEASE NOTE for the safety of all, CLASSES will resume in 2022 under a COVID-19 Safety Plan
and subject to NSW Government Health regulation.

See Schedule for the full details. 2022 Class Brochure

EDC Summer Course in Early Dance 5-7 January 2022

Summer Course 5 - 7 January 2022
A special Baroque edition....
With sincere apologies for the late notice due to COVID-19 uncertainties, yes, we have decided to plan and hope to hold a Summer Course - Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 January, between 9am and 4pm each day, at 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney. See Summer 2022 for details. Brochure    Enrolment Form

Please let us know if you are interested in attending the course, which will focus on the technique and select repertoire of the Baroque dance. La Belle Danse - the beautiful dance - evolved at the court of Louis XIV of France, and had a major influence on the development of what we now know as classical ballet, and on the European musical repertoire from the late 17th century through much of the 18th.

For the safety of all participants, we will be conducting the course under a COVID-19 Safety Plan, with double vaccination, check-in, limited numbers, masks (optional during exercise) and distancing and hygiene requirements.  Baroque dance is well-suited to these needs, with limited or no partner contact, and a variety of steps and figures to suit solo or couple performance. Learning something of the precise technique of the different dance types in the Baroque repertoire can be a revelation to musicians. It can provide insights for dancers and actors into the cultural origins of classical ballet and ballroom dance, and into courtly deportment for the stage.

Footnote to the 2022 Summer Course - yes, it really happened, and we were delighted to welcome a wonderful group of students from near and far, for three days of intensive Baroque dance. Thank you all! 

Recent

 

Ball at the court of Henri III of France
With Timbrell and Dance
- Concert postponed

Members of the Early Dance Consort will (sometime) be appearing in another concert with Consort 8. Originally scheduled for 6.00pm on Saturday 7 August, at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, the concert is postponed due to the current Greater Sydney COVID-19 lockdown, with a date yet to be announced. It will be part of celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of the Church. See https://consort8.org/concerts/  for more information.

Evening Classes in Court Dance 2021

PLEASE NOTE:
CLASSES will recommence for part of Term 4,  2021 under a COVID-19 Safety Plan
and subject to NSW Government Health regulations

 

2021 Evening Classes - term 4 planned to commence, but late

Please see Class Schedule for the 2021 Class Program in North Sydney.
We hope to begin Term 4 on October 28 (2 weeks later than scheduled), with a new COVID-19 Safety Plan. Everyone in attendance (16 years and over) - teachers, students and any visitors - will be required to show that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless having a valid medical excuse). We will need to restrict numbers, wear masks indoors including during the class, and use QR check-in, observe physical distancing, hand hygiene, ventilation and cleaning requirements.

Recent students have been contacted by email to advise of resumption of classes, and we welcome any one else who may be interested in attending. However it is essential that you let us know if you'd like to attend, as we need to limit numbers, ensure vaccination status, and record contact details for COVID-19 tracing and our administrative purposes. Everyone will now be familiar with the Service NSW smartphone app required to scan our QR code, check in and out of classes, and to provide proof of vaccination. Please wear a mask, and bring your own water and snacks. If you are at all unwell, or have been exposed to any recent contact, hotspot or travel risks, do get a COVID-19 test and stay home, following all NSW Health guidelines.

See Classes for more info & Schedule for dates & details. PDF Brochure .

2021 has been an interesting year for classes, as we lost Term 3 in the limbo of lockdown. Term 4 is under way and will continue until 16 December. We have been operating under a new COVID-19 Safety Plan, with various health requirements including masks, QR check-in, vaccination, distancing and other hygiene measures.

2021 Summer Course - The Early Dance Consort

2021 Summer Course 6 to 8 January CANCELLED as of 31 December 2020

Sadly, the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney in December led to our decision to cancel the course out of concern for the health of all involved. A sincere thank you to everyone who was planning to come, from near and far. We missed seeing you all at what was to have been our 12th Summer Course, and hope to meet up again before too long.

 


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