JAFA 2017 DANCE PROGRAM
Some etiquette tips that makes dancing go better:
Listen to the dancing master and don’t distract others who are trying to listen to him!
Listen for when a dance will be taught for everyone and when it is a pre-arranged display.
Listen to any background offered on a dance, as understanding context can increase reward.
Be patient when the dancing master offers basics for beginners or extras for the advanced.
Share experience and friendship around, so if experienced ask a beginner for a dance and vice-versa.
20 April at CANBERRA BAPTIST CHURCH HALL, Currie St, Kingston.
THURSDAY 20 APRIL—festival three-eras-in-one-day dance overture. $30 Festival add-on.
For novices and experienced dancers alike to enjoy building skills and exploring steps, figures and repertoire ahead of the festival proper at the Albert Hall. While some use other rooms in this lovely venue for pre-Festival costuming workshops, we’ll use the main hall for dancing. We’ll cater for all levels, and devote:
9:15-10:30 to the Georgian era,
11:00-12:30 to the Napoleonic era,
1:30-3:00 to the late-Regency/early Victorian-era, and
3:30-5:00 to revision, extension and possible display review (with a role for everyone!).
We’ll offer free refreshments and snacks. The venue has a lovely picnic area and Kingston Shops are just two minutes’ walk for those wanting to purchase a meal. Needs to be booked in advance.
21-23 April at ALBERT HALL, Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla
FRIDAY 21 APRIL—dances from the 18th century into which Austen was born.
9.00-10.30: The Georgian–era country dance—longways dances for the evening Pleasures.
11.00-12.30: The square set Cotillion—the craze that in Austen’s youth spread from France to England.
1.30-3.00: Austen meets Mozart—the English country dance craze in Germany, Austria and beyond.
3.30-5.00: Novelties for pairs and trios—the congo minuet, allemande à trois and other little known treats.
6.30 for 7:00-11.00: GEORGIAN PLEASURES EVENING—Eat at candle-lit tables, enjoy displays of the French courtly dance, and join-in on dances workshopped during the day and other friendly dances of the kind done at a Bath assembly. Appropriate dress would be Georgian, Regency or something semi-formal.
SATURDAY 22 APRIL—dances from the period of Jane Austen’s novels.
9:00-10:30: The Austen-era country dance—longways dances for the evening ball.
11:00-12:30: The Quadrille —the latest square dance fashion from Europe.
1:30-3:00: Scottish-inspired dances—in England and in contemporary Germany language manuals.
3:30-5:00: The waltz and mazurka—two beautiful new couples dances that invade ballrooms everywhere.
6.30 for 7:00-11.00: THE GRAND NAPOLEONIC BALL—All the new dances from the daytime workshops plus some old favourites will come together for a full evening of dances from the Jane Austen novel / Napoleonic War period. Appropriate dress would be Regency/Napoleonic or something formal.
SUNDAY 23 APRIL—dances from decades immediately following Austen’s death.
9:00-10:30: New hybrids—some of the most popular dances of 1820s-40s combined old favourites.
1:30-3:00: New couples dances—the gallop, polka and new dance games opened a new era.
3:30-5:00: New quadrilles—one to music composed in 1840 Tasmania and a rare Scottish sixdrille.
6:30 for 7:00-10:30: THE WAVERLEY BALL*—Any dress fine at such a masquerade, be it Georgian era, Regency, Scottish or early Victorian. We’ll fit in all the1820s-40s dances previewed in daytime workshops plus more around a dinner break, desert break, costume parade, displays and lots of farewell fun!
*The popularity of the historical novels of Sir Walter Scott (a contemporary and favourable reviewer of Jane Austen) gave rise to costumed balls to which guests would come dressed as characters from his novels (his first in 1814 entitled ‘Waverley’) and groups of friends would try and costume to the same theme for the opening quadrille. Soon any historical dress was acceptable and Waverley balls were even being held in Australia and New Zealand.