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PLEASE NOTE:
CLASSES and SUMMER COURSE 2021 will operate under a COVID19 Safe Plan
subject to any NSW Government restrictions

2021 Summer Course - The Early Dance Consort

2021 Summer Course 6 to 8 January
With apologies for the late notice, yes we are planning to hold a Summer Course in January 2021.
Dates: Wednesday 6 January to Friday 8 January inclusive.
Times: 9am to 4pm daily.
Venue: the usual, 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney.
Follow link for more details. PDF Brochure

Evening Classes in Court Dance 2020

2020 Evening Classes
Term 4 will begin on Thursday 15 October, and, COVID)19 permitting, will run for 10 weeks up to 17 December, just one week before Christmas Eve.
Our distanced dancing and exercising solo under a COVID-19 Safe Plan, proved worthwhile in Term 3, so we plan to continue with physical distancing (hands free of course), observing the usual hygiene precautions and subject to the advice of the NSW Department of Health. 
It is essential that you let us know if you'd like to come along, as we need to limit numbers & to have contact details. We recommend wearing a mask when travelling on public transport, and in class if you prefer to do so, as well as using hand sanitiser regularly, and having the COVIDSafe app active on your phone. Bring your own water and snacks, and get a COVID-19 test and stay home if you are at all unwell, or have been exposed to any recent contact, hotspot or travel risks.
See Classes for more info & Schedule for dates & details (2020 Brochure). 

POSTSCRIPT to Courtly Ayres and Dances with Consort 8, in Burwood on September 19:
Thanks to all who came along and gave us such a wonderful reception. There is a review by ClassikON at
https://www.classikon.com/review-consort-8-courtly-ayres-and-dances/ambassador-thoughts/

Consort 8 has kindly provided some videos, at https://consort8.org/videos - take a look!

Courtly Ayres And Dances 29 August 2020
Members of The Early Dance Consort will be appearing as guests with Consort 8 in
 
COURTLY AYRES AND DANCES
A fund-raising concert to support St Paul's Pantry SOLD OUT
Saturday 19 September 2020, 6pm (new date) 
St Paul's Anglican Church, 205-207 Burwood Rd, Burwood
Tickets online & at the door $35 (concession $30)
For more details see Concert Flyer and Consort 8 website Consort8.org
Let them know if you missed out and would like a repeat performance! https://consort8.org/contact-us/

* In keeping with the COVID-19 Regulations, social distancing will be adhered to

 

PLEASE NOTE:
CLASSES have resumed for Term 3 under a COVID19 Safe Plan
subject to any NSW Government restrictions

Evening Classes in Court Dance 2020

Evening Classes in North Sydney commenced for Term 1 on Thursday 30 January, and ran for 7 of the planned 10 weeks, until the COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown intervened.

Term 2 Classes were cancelled with the exception of a couple of experimental classes when restrictions eased in late June. Now it is our plan and hope to recommence Evening Classes for Term 3 on Thursday 23 July. All going well, the term will run for 10 weeks, up to 24 September. 2020 Brochure

Needless to say, we will be dancing and exercising solo, operating under a COVID-19 Safe Plan, with physical distancing (hands free), the usual hygiene precautions, and subject to the advice of the NSW Department of Health. But it will be good to enjoy musical exercise for body and mind, and to see your friendly faces again. 
Please let us know if you'd like to come along, as we need to know exact numbers & contact details.
Don't forget the first class of term is free to try, if you're unsure. No previous experience or partner required.

We recommend wearing a mask when travelling on public transport, using hand sanitiser regularly, and having the COVIDSafe app active on your phone. Please bring your own water and snacks, and stay home if you are at all unwell, or have been exposed to any recent contact or travel risks. See Schedule for more details.


Recent

EDC 2020 Summer Course in Early Dance
Our 11th Summer Course in Early Dance for 2020 ran from Wednesday 8 January to Friday 10 January, at the usual venue in North Sydney. Follow the link for more information.

Christmas 2019 Invitation
Our Christmas-End-of-Year Party will be held on Thursday December 19, 6.30-9pm.
All welcome - students current, past and prospective, friends and family.
At our class venue: 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney.
Please drop in if you can spare the time...
to catch up with friends, dance a little & partake of a shared feast.
Please bring some simple finger food or something non-alcoholic to drink,
ready to share (cups, plates etc provided).
Cool festive attire recommended, dance shoes essential.
Looking forward to seeing you.
With best wishes from Fiona & John.

 Following the great success of our Scottish Baroque Winter Ball in June, we'll be having a
Spring Renaissance Ball - Friday 15th November, 6.30-9.30pm in North Sydney

EDC Spring Ball 2019
Dear EDC Students & Friends,

You are warmly invited to our Spring Ball, on Friday 15th November at 81 Blues Point Road, North Sydney. Come and join us to dance with guest Renaissance musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium, under the guidance of cornettist, Matthew Manchester (Camerata Antica).
Please bring some simple finger food &/or non-alcoholic drink, ready to share (cups, plates etc provided). The theme is Spring/Renaissance (dancing shoes essential). Entry $20 ($5 children).
Hope to see you there.
With best wishes from Fiona & John.

RSVP ~ 0400 104 969 or email  (printable
Invitation)

Scottish Baroque Ball 13 June 2019, North Sydney

Scottish Baroque Winter Ball - Thursday 13 June, 6.30pm-9.30pm
181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be joined by a fabulous ensemble of musicians from Scotland and Australia, in an evening of Scottish music, song and dancing from the baroque to early Colonial Australia, featuring:
David McGuinness (keyboards) and Aaron McGregor (violin) from Scotland's Concerto Caledonia, and musicians from the Melbourne-based Evergreen Ensemble, led by Shane Lestideau (violin), with Ben Dollman (violin/viola) from the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Lucy Price (cello) and Allegra Giagu, (mezzo-soprano).
 
Invitation: Although this is one of our regular class nights, we want to share this evening, so it is open to all - please don't miss this event, whether you'd like to join in some dancing, or come to enjoy the wonderful music!

Entry: $20 for adults, $5 for children (no additional charge for students currently enrolled in the term).
If you can, please consider making an additional donation for our musical guests. 

Dress: For all, but especially those intending to join in the dancing, please wear something in keeping with our Scottish theme - period costume would be brilliant. Alternatively, for ladies - a gown or long skirt, and for men - a kilt, or add a sash to your ensemble.  Flat dancing shoes essential (ballet flats, ghillies, jazz shoes).

Repast
: As is our usual custom for the ball, we would grateful if you would bring something to share - simple finger food, and/or something non-alcoholic to drink. Cups, plates &c provided.

Bookings essential: Please email, SMS or phone 0400 104 969 to confirm your attendance, as places are strictly limited. Invitation PDF

The Evergreen Ensemble and guests will be touring with concerts and workshops on the theme "Curious Caledonians" exploring the Scottish roots of early Australian Colonial music. See https://www.evergreen-ensemble.com/concerts for more details and ticketing links to events in Sydney (June 7), Berry (June 11), Wentworth Falls (June 12), Melbourne (June 14), Geelong (June 15), and Adelaide (June 16) along with our Scottish Ball in North Sydney on June 13. The tour will result in an ABC Classics Recording "One Hundred Days Away", to be launched in November.  See https://www.evergreen-ensemble.com/albums for information.  

Term 2 classes commenced on Thursday 2 May, at 6.15pm and will run for 10 weeks until 4 July.  Venue: 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney.
No previous experience is required, and no need to bring a partner.
See Classes, Schedule or download a 2019 brochure for details.
The term will feature a very special ball on 13 June - a Scottish Baroque Winter Ball. See more above.

Autumn Ball 2019At last a Ball - for Autumn ...
Thursday 11th April, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, at 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney.
All welcome: students, friends, families & anyone interested in coming to try early dance.
Please bring some simple finger food &/or something non-alcoholic to drink,
ready to share (cups, plates etc. provided).
Autumnal tones and dancing shoes are the suggested attire.
Hope to see you there.
RSVP 0400 104 969  or email
Entry $20 ($5 children)  Invitation

EDC Evening Classes 2019Term 1 classes come to a close on Thursday 4th April, with an Autumn Ball the following Thursday 11 April.
Term 2 will resume on Thursday 2 May, at 6.15pm
Venue: 181 Blues Point Road, North Sydney.
Please note we offer the first class of each term as a trial, so you can join in
and get a feel for early dance before committing to a full term.
No previous experience is required, and no need to bring a partner.
See Classes, Schedule or download a 2019 brochure.


2019 Summer Course
The 2019 Summer Course in Early Dance (our 10th) was held in North Sydney from Wednesday 9 January to Friday 11 January.  It was a great chance for people who can't make the classes to come and have some intensive early dance sessions, working on a range of dances from the 16th to the 18th century (and get some exercise too).
PDF brochure & enrolment form.
Please note Early-bird enrolment was available until December 21.  

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