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

Half-day workshops 2014-2015

Brickhill Community Centre Upper Hall

Avon Drive, Bedford MK41 7AF

Saturdays 2–6 pm

Regency Workshops – Anne Daye
4th October, 8th November 2014, 21st February, 28th March 2015

A chance to enjoy and gain skills in the country dances, cotillons, quadrilles and reels of Jane Austen’s day. 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.

Si Puo Danzare – Hazel Dennison
15th November, 6th December 2014, 7th March, 9th May 2015

If you wish to dance come and try the the lively and elegant balli and bassadanze created for the noble halls and summer palaces of early renaissance Italy.

The Masters’ Favourites – Anne Daye
7th February, 18th April 2015

Popular Renaissance balletti (1560–1614), each one described by several masters, drawing on the accounts by Caroso, Negri, Santucci, Arbeau and the Vatican manuscript.


Cost: £10 per workshop; £5 for each half of the regency workshops. Booking is not required.

There will be a break during the afternoon for tea and coffee.

Participants are advised to wear loose comfortable clothing and shoes with a soft, flexible sole.

A Dickens of a Party
17th January 2015, 3-7 pm at Brickhill Community Centre
Joint event with Bedford Gallery Quire

This Dickens themed entertainment, jointly organised by Bedford Early Dance & Music and Bedford Gallery Quire, will include a programme of dancing, carol singing and entertainment spots by BEDM and BGQ. Ian Cutts will be providing music on his violin.

The ticket price of £12/head will include a substantial early supper with a menu representative of the period.

For more information, download the flyer and booking form (PDF).

Download a printable copy of this program (PDF).


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 (zoom in to see the building label). Click 'View larger map' to go to the Google Maps web site for directions.

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