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 2013-2014

Brickhill Community Centre Upper Hall

Avon Drive, Bedford MK41 7AF
(except 28th September)

Saturdays 2–6 pm

Renaissance Dances
28th September*, 19th October, 23rd November 2013

Each afternoon starts with a lively medley of typical dances suitable for beginners, then features a dance of Spanish origin practised in all the courts of Italy, France and England: Spagnoletta (September), Spanish Pavan (October) and canario (November).

Teacher: Anne Daye

* Please note that the workshop on 29th September will be held in Goldington Reading and Recreation Rooms, 1 Barkers Lane, Bedford, MK41 9SH.

Danze e Delizie
22nd February, 15th March, 5th April 2014

A programme of dances from original sources which celebrate the rulers, castles and culture of the northern Italian courts 1450–1500. No previous knowledge of fifteenth centry dances is needed, but some dance experience would be beneficial.

Hazel Dennison

Cotillions for Jane Austen
10th May 2014

Come and enjoy the charming square dances that were the favourite activity of Jane Austen's youth. Sociable and varied, these were little gems of choreography and we present new dances devised for the assembly rooms of England.

Teacher: Anne Daye with Ian Cutts (violin)


Cost: £10 per workshop

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 Mellstock Christmas
18th January 2014, 3-7 pm at Brickhill Community Centre
Joint event with Bedford Gallery Quire

A convivial Christmas party inspired by Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree, jointly organised by Bedford Early Dance and Music and Bedford Gallery Quire. It will include a programme of dancing, carol singing and entertainment. Ian Cutts will be providing music on his violin.

Further details 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 is the building marked 'Brickhill Parish Council' on the map below and the entrance to the car park is adjacent to the bus stop on Avon Drive in the centre of the map. The building marked 'Brickhill Community Centre' contains shops. Click 'View larger map' to go to the Google Maps web site for directions.

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Goldington Reading and Recreation Rooms are 2 miles east of Beford town centre, at the northern end of Barkers Lane, close to its junction with Goldington Road (A4280). There is a small car park in front of the hall and on-street parking.

They are slightly the north of the marker shown on the map below, almost opposite Holy Cross church.

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