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 2016–17

Brickhill Community Centre Upper Hall
Avon Drive, Bedford MK41 7AF
Saturdays 24 September, 22 October, 12 November 2016,
18 February, 18 March, 8 April 2017
2–6 pm with a break for tea and coffee

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.

Price £10 per workshop; £5 for each half. Booking is not required.

We recommend wearing soft flexible shoes for dancing.

Renaissance dance day course

Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre
The Old Town Hall, High Street, Baldock, SG7 6AR
Saturday 6th May, 10 am – 5 pm
Joint event with Hertfordshire Early Dance

A day course led for those with some prior experience of early dance, led by Anne Daye and Hazel Dennison. It will comprise balletti from Caroso, Negri and Lupi. Anne will work on Alta Caretta and Hazel on mutanze from Celeste Giglio. There will be breaks for tea/coffee and lunch. Although there are pubs nearby, we suggest bringing a packed lunch.

Price £15. Pay on the day, but please notify Helen Young () if you are planning to come.

Fill the Foaming Cups Again – A Toast to John Clare in Music and Dance

Saturday 14th January 2016, 3–7 pm at Brickhill Community Centre
Joint event with Bedford Gallery Quire

A dance and musical celebration with Christmas cheer, jointly organised by Bedford Early Dance & Music and Bedford Gallery Quire, to include a programme of dancing, carol singing and entertainment spots by BEDM and BGQ. Ian Cutts will be providing music on his violin.

Further details will be available in the late autumn.


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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