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EDC Evening Classes 2019Term 3 Evening Classes will commence on Thursday 25 July, and will run for 10 weeks to September 26. See Schedule and Class Brochure for more information. Don't forget the first class is free to try, if you're unsure. No previous experience or partner required.



Following the great success of our Scottish Baroque Winter Ball in June, we'll be having a special Spring Renaissance Ball with musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Save  the date: Friday November 15, 6.30pm in North Sydney (midway through our Term 4).  More details to come...


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).

: 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 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 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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