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Classes: Term 4, 2016

Update: Term 4 classes are on hold, while Avondale Lions Hall is being re-painted. We may resume before the end of term; maybe early 2017. Contact me for details, or expressions of interest.


Classes run on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30pm. This block covers school term 4: from October 13th until  December 15th - 10 classes, $100.


Avondale Lions Hall
1630 Great North Road
Corner of Great North Road and Blockhouse Bay Road.

There is parking behind the building: turn into the carpark from Great North Road.

There is a bus stop at 1666 Great North Road, used by routes 113, 115, 135, 136, 153, 154, N13.
There are North-bound and South-bound bus-stops on both Great North Road and Blockhouse Bay Road within about 100m of the hall.

Come in by the back door - from the car-park and up the ramp

The venue has a small kitchen and urn. Feel free to bring a tea-bag or three, or a snack. There are glasses, plates, etc.

Dates and Times

Classes run from 7:30 to 9:30pm every Thursday during school term time. We often have a small ball at or near the end of term.

This term, there's the Bal d'Argent (a SCA event with a lot of dancing and music, that I'm running), in early November. We'll finish classes sometime in December.


  • REGULAR: $10 per class, whether or not you attend - pay as a block for the whole term if possible
  • CASUAL: $10 for the first class, then $15 per class thereafter (only pay for classes you attend)

Regular: $100 for the term (10 classes) whether or not you attend every class. I'd prefer if you pay for the term in one block, but ask for weekly if that works better for you. If you expect to be away for a substantial portion, and know the dates in advance, we may be able to negotiate a smaller block at the 'regular' rate. This is a good option if you expect to attend 2/3 of the classes, or more. It also gives me some predictability in covering my own costs.

Casual: you pay only for those classes you attend. Booking isn't necessary, but it's still handy for me, so I can plan classes. An emailed heads-up works just as well.

Class content


7:30-8:30 - Open Class

I teach to include everyone present, no matter your level of experience or skill. All are welcome, no special skills, special shoes, special clothes nor partner needed. 

8:40-9:30 - Advanced Class

At 8:30 we take a short break, then until 9:30 it's a more advanced class.

Most of the time, everyone is welcome to watch, and to participate if they feel like a challenge ... but it's aimed at the most experienced dancers (some of whom have been doing this for many years). Sometimes it will be a reconstruction session (for my benefit) or a rehearsal for Capriol (my semi-professional performance troupe).

Over the next few months we'll be looking at:

  • galliards
  • passamezzi
  • 15thC Italian dances
  • competition dances for the Bal d'Argent

I always appreciate suggestions and requests.


On the off chance that a class is cancelled, I post a notice here (and refund any class fees paid in advance), and do my best to contact regulars by email and text. Occasionally I'll ask one of my most experienced students to run a class for me, if I'm unwell or out of town.

Regulars: I really appreciate it if you let me know if you're not coming. 

Casual students: I really appreciate it if you let me know if you are coming. 

If I know on Thursday morning who's going to be at the class I can prepare something that works well for all of you. 

Contacting me

You can contact me by email, or on 0272 282 977.

Date and time: 
Repeats every week every Thursday until Fri Dec 16 2016.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Avondale Lions Hall