Jane Austen Festival Australia 12-14 April 2019

This year we explore a few themes: 200 years since the publication of  Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey”, the 250th Anniversary of James Cook’s first voyage to Australia and the Pacific and one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known books, The History of England.





The Registration Form will ask you to make choices from 6 streams and will look like the list below. If you scroll further down this page you’ll find a more detailed description of each session plus any extra costs.

 Pre-festival 1-day Regency Dress Workshop
 Friday early morning set up team from 7.30am
 Friday 9am – 10.30 Dances for all for the evening ball (1)
 Friday 11.00-12.30 Dances for all for the evening ball (2)
 Friday 11.00-3.00 Georgian Market Bonnet (2 sessions)
 Friday 11.00-12.30 JAFA Choir
 Friday 11.00-12.30 Sewing Basics – stitches & seams
 Friday 11.00-12.30 Making Fly Fringe
 Friday 1.30-3.00 Beginner’s Dance Workshop
Friday 1.30-3.00 Introduction/Refresher to Impro Theatre
 Friday 1.30-3.00 Symposium
 Friday 1.30-3.00 Sewing Basics – using patterns
 Friday 1.30-3.00 Make a Georgian Pockets
 Friday 3.30-5.00 Advanced dance workshop
 Friday 3.30-5.00 Ribbon Shoe Clips
 Friday 3.30-5.00 Regency Era Card Games
 Friday 3.30-5.00 Making 18C Sleeve Ruffles
 Friday 3.30-5.00 Spindle Spinning
 Saturday 9.00-10.30 Dances for all for the evening ball (1)
 Saturday 11.00-12.30 Dances for all for the evening ball (2)
 Saturday 11.00-3.00 Make a Regency Bonnet (2 sessions)
 Saturday 11.00-3.00 Make a Regency Shako Hat (2 sessions)
 Saturday 11.00-12.30 Sewing Basics – stitches & seams
 Saturday 11.00-12.30 JAFA Choir
 Saturday 1.30-3.00 Beginner’s Dance Workshop
 Saturday 1.30-3.00 Symposium
 Saturday 1.30-3.00 Make a Regency Apron
 Saturday 1.30-3.00 Crochet a Pineapple Reticule
 Saturday 3.30-5.00 Advanced dance workshop
 Saturday 3.30-5.00 Ribbon Shoe Clips
 Saturday 3.30-5.00 Regency Era Card Games
 Saturday 3.30-5.00 Symposium
 Saturday 3.30-5.00 Make a Regency Chemisette
 Saturday 3.30-5.00 Paper-pieced pincushion
 Sunday 9.00-10.30 Dances for all for the evening ball (1)
 Sunday 9.00-10.30 JAFA Choir
Sunday 9.00-10.30 Mr. Tilney vs. Mr Collins: Faith in Austen’s Life and Writing
 Sunday 10.30-1.30 Promenade, Picnic Games & BYO Picnic
 Sunday 1.30-3.00 Dances for all for the evening ball (2)
 Sunday 1.30-3.00 Viewing table: Antique Men’s Clothing
 Sunday 1.30-5.00 Impro Theatre (2 sessions)
 Sunday 1.30-3.00 Symposium
 Sunday 1.30-3.00 Making Fly Fringe
 Sunday 3.30-5.00 Advanced dance workshop
 Sunday 3.30-5.00 Viewing table: Antique Women’s Clothing
 Sunday 3.30-5.00 Symposium – Where was Northanger Abbey?
 Sunday 3.30-5.00 Victorian hairstyles and beyond
 Sunday Pack Up Team, drivers and trailers from 10.30pm

Program for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday JAFA 2019 evening balls
each with a different theme and different guests.
N.B. To learn/preview all the dances planned for the balls, come to daytime dance workshops.

They start for everyone each day at 9am. For further details see grid timetable.
In the evening ball program below:
* means uncalled for those who attend the late-afternoon experienced-dancers-only session.
ITALICS means a special display.
All other dances will be called for all!



Gather 6:30 for 7:00-11:00pm Friday 12 April 2019. Dress Georgian, Regency or semi-formal.

In between readings of Austen’s very fun “History of England” sample dances from the periods of Kings and Queens mentioned, then in second half of the evening enjoy dances from the Georgian-era into which Austen was born.

From Tudor England:

Basse d’Espagne- popular all over Europe, including in England

Eglamowr – a fun dance named after the hero of the Sir Eglamour romance

*Prenes a gard—a fancy dance from the Derbyshire Gresley manuscript

From Elizabethan England:

Madame Cecilia—with lots of flirting

La Chemise—from a newly discovered ‘Inns of Court’ manuscript

Spagnoletta—a dance to an Italian tune in which the women get to lift the men!

From Stuart England:

*Lansdowne no. 4— an incredibly fancy pattern to a great tune.

Goddesses—a fabulous romp to a catchy tune

Aye me Symphony—a fun 3-part ‘Playford’ dance

MASQUE OF THE SEASON—bringing a rare manuscript’s dance and music to life.

Mr Lane’s Magot—with guest singer

Half Hannykin—an easy mixer

SUPPER with splendid choir I Progetti offering songs from the Austen music book

and period songs for two original dances:

*Emma’s Song—‘Go down to the garden singing’ in this dance Handel’ Non lo dirò col labbro’

*Wachet Auf—a beautiful contradance to Bach’s beautiful cantata

Georgian-era dances:

Mr Young’s Delight—an elegant longways dance

Trip to Paris—a longways English country dance to a hit from the Paris opera

*Minuet d’Alcide—a uncalled fancy French opera choreography

Fleeting moments—a cotillion allemande to the minuets of Bach cello suite no.1

THE CONUNDRUM—an amazing 2-couple bourrée to Bach’s cello suite 4.

Le Bois de Boulogne—from a manual by London’s teacher Giovanni Gallini.

Irish Washer Woman—a simple longways dance to match this lively tune.

CountryBumpkin—get a hat on your set’s bumpkin and get ready to reel!

Meditation Chinoise—a double-sized set that will have you doubled over laughing!


Gather 6:30 for 7:00-11:15pm Saturday 13 April 2019. Dress Regency or semi-formal.

Between formal opening and frivolous finale, enjoy dances in all rhythms and formations from Jane’s lifetime, punctuated by Beethoven’s Ode to Joy dance, a grand Chess dance, an acted scene from Pride and Prejudice and other treats.

*Minuet in lines– the way this traditional ball opener started to be done in Napoleonic times

A Grand March into The Cuirassiers—a quadrille in the tradition of the Lancers and Hussars Perigordine—a fun mixer to name-sake music written out in Austen’s music books

Petersen’s English dance no.5—corner stealing to music from Germany, France and England

Carillon de Dunkerque—a promiscuous clapping dance popular in England

L’Augustin Waltz—a way devised in 1810’s England to enjoy this German folk song

De’il among Tailors—a simple dance set to a fabulous Scottish tune.

GROSSVATER TANZ—a crazy longways dance devised by Gergoux of Paris.

National Waltz—one man between 2 women in this progressive pleasure.

Hull’s Victory—stomp with a dance and tune that go back to the 1812 American war.

SUPPER with Kirsty Budding Theatre presenting a scene from Pride and Prejudice.

The European flag dance—make stars in big circles to Beethoven’s stirring ‘Ode of Joy’

Wechsel Vals—a fun way to switch partners.

Drops of Brandy—put some lively Irish stepping into a longways dance

The Chess Dance (experience needed for nobles, but not for pawns—Make two sets of 32!

La Réverbère—an ingenious square by Lyon dancing master d’Auternaux.

Mazurian Anglaise—a crossing of the Polish mazurka with the English country dance.

*Mazurian Ecossaise—another hybrid of two of the most popular dance forms of the day.

Opera Reel—a fun simple dance to this driving Scotch tune

Congo minuet—the wild Regency way to enjoy the most-esteemed Georgian dance.


Gather 6:00 for 6:30-10:30pm Sunday 14 April 2019. Any Tudor to Victorian costume with a mask.

Enjoy a gallopade from 1820s England, the Sylphides from 1830s Denmark, a can-can from 1840s France, the ‘Rose Bay Quadrille’ from 1850s Australia, a lively ‘Basket’ from 1860s America, ‘Le Polo’ from 1870s France, a reel from 1880s Scotland, couples dances, a ‘Gothic dance’ and final farewells.

Grand costume parade into Rose Bay Quadrille, from the first dance book printed in Australia.

The Swedish dance—fun for ranks of 1-man-between-2-women.

Lowe’s Galopade—to the thrilling 1829 ‘William Tell’ overture.

Triolet Waltzer—Another fun 1 man-to-2 women mixer.

Les Sylphides—a famous elegant Danish quadrille to this beautiful ballet music.

Recital of amusing poem by Gilbert of G & Sullivan fame

Redowa or Valse Patineurs—a mid-century triple time craze

The Basket—set to the uplifting ‘Life let us cherish’, with guest singer Adela.

The Gothic Dance—bring out our Northanger Abbey theme by making Gothic arches.

*Five steps to Heaven—some snazzy variants in another mid-century couple dance craze.

Le Polo—a late 19th century French quadrille that became a world-wide hit.

SUPPER with ACT Impro theatre.

Greensleeves—a manifestation of the English nostalgia for the village green. Ribbons supplied!

Ostendaise—a simple way to couples dance, and we’ll share the fun by progressing partners.

The Orpheus Quadrille—revisit the standard quadrille done left-bank Paris Can-can style!

*La Parisienne—make a medley of popular waltz, polka, schottish and polka-mazurka.

Asher Minuet—relax with this elegant late 19th century response to ‘new-fangled rubbish’.

*Reel of Nine—a fun challenge for sets of 3 men and 6 women

The Boston Ball—a cross between waltzing and indoor soccer!

Charge of Light Brigade—a thrilling

Free Waltz





Please note: Earthly Delights and Jane Austen Festival Australia and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.