2013 Jane Austen Festival Dance Program

We are happy to announce the dance program for our 2013 Jane Austen Festival Australia with John Gardiner-Garden. All workshops and balls feature live music and all dances will be called or led. We ask that all who wish to participate in the ball to attend at least ONE dance workshop a day – the 9.15am workshop is recommended for beginners.

JAFA 2013 dance program


9:15-10:30 The Country DanceI consider a country-dance as an emblem of marriage. Fidelity and complaisance are the principle duties of both; and those men who do not chuse to dance or marry themselves, have no business with the partners or wives of their neighbours (Northanger Abbey, 1817)

11:00-12:15 The Cotillion and QuadrilleMuch obliged for the quadrilles, which I am grown to think pretty enough, though of course they are very inferior to the cotillions of my own day. (Jane Austen to Fanny Knight, 20 February, 1816).

1:30-2:45  The ReelDo you not feel a great inclination, Miss Bennet, to seize such an opportunity of dancing a reel? (Pride and Prejudice, 1813)

3:15-4:30 The Minuet—I can neither sing so well nor dance so gracefully as I once did—and I have entirely forgot the Minuet de la Cour (Love and Freindship, 1790)


9:15-10:30 Essentials for capital dancingWhat a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy!—There is nothing like dancing after all.—I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies (Pride and Prejudice, 1813)

11:00-12:15 The Finishing dancesWe dined at Goodnestone, and in the evening danced two country-dances and the Boulangeries. (Jane Austen to Cassandra, 5 September, 1796)

1:30-2:45 The Allemande and WaltzMrs. Weston, capital in her country- dances, was seated, and beginning an irresistible waltz ; and Frank Churchill, coming up with most becoming gallantry to Emma, had secured her hand, and led her up to the top (Emma, 1816)

3:15-4:30 More Cotillions and Quadrilles

7:30-11:30 The Grand Napoleonic BallIt may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind;—but when a beginning is made—when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt—it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.(Emma, 1816)


1:30-5:00 Jane Austen House partyhe was lively and unreserved, danced every dance, was angry that the ball closed so early, and talked of giving one himself at Netherfield. Such amiable qualities must speak for themselves (Pride and Prejudice, 1813)

7:30-10:30 The Cotillion Ball—Shall you be at the Cotillion ball tomorrow? (Northanger Abbey, 1797, published 1818)

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