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 2018–19

29 September, 20 October, 24 November 2018, 26 January and 23 February 2019, 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, including some of the dances on the programme for the Historical Dance Society ball in March.

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.


Fifteenth-Century Italian Dances

Saturdays 23 March and 13 April 2019, 2–6 pm
Brickhill Community Centre Upper Hall, Avon Drive, Bedford, MK41 7AF

Workshops led by Hazel Dennison exploring the lively and elegant balli and bassadanze created for the noble halls and summer palaces of early renaissance Italy, including selections from Si Puo Ballare, researched by Hazel and recently published by the Historical Dance Society. 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 Regency Christmas Party

Saturday 12 January 2019, 3–7 pm Joint event with Bedford Gallery Quire
Brickhill Community Centre Upper Hall, Avon Drive, Bedford, MK41 7AF

A celebration with Christmas cheer featuring dance and music of our region. Family and friends welcome. More information will be available during the autumn.

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