Bedford Early Dance and Music

Bedford Early Dance and Music organises historical dance workshops and social events in Bedford.

For more information contact David Parsons

A Season of Regency Dancing 2019–20

28th September 2019, 26th October 2019, 23rd November 2019
1st February 2020, 7th March 2020, 2.00–6.00

Come and enjoy country dances, cotillons, quadrilles and reels of the Regency era. The workshops will include dances from the world of Jane Austen and her family. With experienced teacher Anne Daye, you will be guided through the steps, figures and etiquette of the ballrooms of c.1800, to the charming and enlivening music of the time. Newcomers and beginners are always made very welcome, and we have a break for refreshments at about 4.00.

Price: £10 per workshop (or £5 for the first 2 hours)

Advance booking is not required for workshops.

We recommend wearing soft flexible shoes for dancing.

Spring Dance with Ian Cutts and the Austen Allegros

Saturday 4th April 2020, 2.30–7.30 (doors open 2.00)

In the spirit of a dance at the local assembly rooms or a private party, we invite you to enjoy your dancing in a sociable setting. The programme will feature dances learnt during the season, but visitors will be welcome, with most dances called. An elegant repast with tea and coffee will be served. Instrumentalists from London have been booked for your delight. We invite you to wear your best outfit, whether Regency in style or not.

Please book in advance to assist catering. £15 per person, paid in advance or on the day.


Renaissance Dance workshops

Saturday 22nd February & 21st March 2020, 2.00–6.00

These workshops led by Anne Daye are aimed at dancers with some experience of Renaissance dance and will focus on balletti by Caroso and Negri. The workshops will aid preparation for the Elizabethan revel organized by The Historical Dance Society to be held at Warwick on 18th April 2020, but will also be an enjoyable exploration of these dances.

Note that on Saturday 30th November, the Historical Dance Society AGM Workshop will be held at Brickhill Community Centre in Bedford 11.30–17.00, also led by Anne Daye in preparation for the Elizabethan revel.

Dances from Domenico circa 1450

Saturday 25th April 2020, 2.00–6.00

Workshop led by Hazel Dennison. The elegant balli and bassa danze in Domenico’s dance manual encapsulate the vitality and creativity of the Este court of Ferrara c. 1450. The workshop will be based on Hazel’s new book of dances from Donenico, recently published by The Historical Dance Society, who are partners in organising this workshop.

All workshops will include a short break for refreshments.

Price: £10 per workshop.

Advance booking is not required for workshops.

We recommend wearing soft flexible shoes for dancing.


Mr. Dibdin’s Christmas Frolic

Saturday 11th January 2020, 3–7 pm
Joint event with Bedford Gallery Quire
Brickhill Community Centre Upper Hall, Avon Drive, Bedford, MK41 7AF

A dance and music celebration with festive supper, inspired by Charles Dibdin (author, composer and theatrical producer). Family and friends welcome. See the Flyer and booking form for details.


Download a printable (pdf) copy of the flyers here.


All our events will be held at Brickhill Community Centre, which 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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