Discover how history can be traced through dance.

Take a fascinating journey to see history in an unique light – through the pastime which invigorated the lives of our ancestors and was a key social activity.

This collection reveals the history of dance in early colonial Australia 1770-1850 by exploring significant social and historical links.

Our history can be brought to life in a unique way by experiencing music and dance – a living link to our heritage.

What’s in a dance?

Statement of significance

In the modern age of intense electronic social networking, these dances shine as genuine, warm, social pleasures.  Words are unnecessary while dancing; other skills are required – a smile, a glance, a touch.  Could it be more different to social media on your smart phone?
In an evening of country dance one may have a dozen partners and dance with every person in the room; a group of individuals synchronised in the pattern of the dance.

Dance rates as one of the most beneficial forms of recreation:  it involves so many different aspects in such an enjoyable way.  The exercise of moving through the dance, remembering the figures, listening and responding to the music, and above all, the myriad of friendly  interactions.

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The information on this website www.colonialdance.com.au may be copied for personal use only, and must be acknowledged as from this website. It may not be reproduced for publication without prior permission from Heather Clarke.

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This resource was created on the lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people.
We pay our respects to their elders past and present.
Sovereignty was never ceded.

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