Bedford Early Dance and Music

Bedford Early Dance and Music organises historical dance workshops and social events in and around Bedford.

For more information contact David Parsons

A Season of Regency Dancing 2017–18

Saturdays 30 September, 28 October, 25 November 2017, 27 January and 24 February 2018, 2–6 pm
Brickhill Community Centre Upper Hall, Avon Drive, Bedford, MK41 7AF

Come and enjoy the country dances, cotillons, quadrilles and reels of the Regency era. The workshops will include dances enjoyed by Jane Austen and her family, as researched by Anne Daye, dance advisor to the BBC4 programme Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball.

You will be guided through the figures, steps and etiquette of the Regency ballroom and private parties, to the charming and enlivening music of the day.

The first half (2–4 pm) of each workshop will welcome all comers, including beginners on each day. The second half (4–6 pm) will extend the range of steps and figures particularly in the ever-varied cotillons. There will be a short break for tea and coffee.

Price: £10 per workshop (£5 for each half of the Regency workshops)

Advance booking is not required for workshops.

We recommend wearing soft flexible shoes for dancing.


Sixteenth-Century Italian Dances

Saturdays 24 March and 28 April 2018, 2­–6 pm
Brickhill Community Centre Upper Hall, Avon Drive, Bedford, MK41 7AF

A series of workshops exploring Italian balletti and some of the dance forms used within them led by Hazel Dennison. Dancers of all levels of experience are welcome to take part in any of the workshops. There will be a short break for tea and coffee.

Price: £10 per workshop

Advance booking is not required for workshops.

We recommend wearing soft flexible shoes for dancing.


A Brontë Family Party

Saturday 13 January 2018, 3–7 pm Joint event with Bedford Gallery Quire
Brickhill Community Centre Upper Hall, Avon Drive, Bedford, MK41 7AF

Join us in a world of dance and song inspired by the novels of Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë, and the musical treasures of Branwell’s flute book.

The party will include supper, dancing, carol singing and entertainment spots by BEDM and BGQ, with dance music provided by violinist Ian Cutts. The ticket price of £13 per head will include a substantial early supper with a menu representative of the period.

To book, email or download the flyer (pdf)


Renaissance dance day course

Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre
The Old Town Hall, High Street, Baldock, SG7 6AR
Saturday 7th April 2018, 10 am – 5 pm

A HDS Locals day course in association with Herts Early Dance and the Historical Dance Society led by Hazel Dennison.

This day course is for those with experience of sixteenth-century dance steps. Initial work will focus on the unique dynamics of the steps specified by Caroso, the use of dragging, scraping, crushing, trailing and striking whilst maintaining an elegant upper body. Dancers will then work on contrasting mutanze from Negri’s chal- lenging canario of seventeen figures. Reference will also be made to Arbeau’s canario for a masquerade and the provenance of the 'squashed spider' step in Spanish dance.

Material from the above will be used to construct a solo canario, based on the framework and steps given by Lupi di Caravaggio. Hazel, an experienced and expert dancer and teacher of historical dance, has conducted extensive research into Italian dance of this period. The day promises to be informative, challenging and fun!

For full details and booking form, see the HDS website

Location

Brickhill Community Centre is about 2 miles north of Bedford town centre, just off Kimbolton Road (B660) at the intersection of Avon Drive and Waveney Avenue. There is a car park at the hall. Bus route no 6 runs every 12 minutes from Bedford bus station and stops just outside [Timetable]. If the door is locked, use the intercom beside it. Go through the doors to the back of the building and take the stairs up to the first floor.

The community centre car park entrance is adjacent to the bus stop on Avon Drive in the centre of the map below. Click 'View larger map' to go to the Google Maps web site for directions.


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Printable version

Download a printable (pdf) version of the programme.

Local links

Historical Dance