Author Archives: Heather

Thesis

  Social dance and early Australian settlement: An historical examination of the role of social dance for convicts and the ‘lower orders’ in the period between 1788 and 1840. Abstract One of the aims of historical research is to provide … Continue reading

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Poussette

Poussette for three couples A figure of progression.  In bars 1-4 couples 1 and 2 change places.  In bars 5-8 couples 1 and 3 change places, leaving couple 2 in first place, couple 3 in the middle and couple 1 at the foot. All three … Continue reading

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Samford dances 2014 – 2017

Dances in Samford, Brisbane 2017 Friday nights 7.30 – 9.30pm Mostly on the 2nd Friday of the month. January – no dance 10th February 10th March 7th April 12th May – Heritage Festival Dance 16th June 14th July 11th August … Continue reading

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Convict dance workshop video

This video captures the essence of dance as experienced in the final of three workshops conducted at Queensland University of Technology in September 2017.  The research brought together dance students and members of community folk dancers in Brisbane to examine … Continue reading

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Convict dance research

I have recently completed a doctorate at the Queensland University of Technology researching convict culture in the early colony from 1788 to 1840.  The main focus concentrated on social dance with the research uncovering a surprising amount of information proving … Continue reading

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Museum Events

On display: 25 August 2018 – 18 November 2018.  Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00am – 4.00pm Redcliffe Museum – 75 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe When we think of convicts, we don’t tend to think of music and dance. But dance was an integral part of everyday life … Continue reading

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Museum exhibition

When we think of convicts, we don’t tend to think of music and dance. But dance was an integral part of everyday life and one of the most popular forms of recreation in the early colony. Convicts danced to escape … Continue reading

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Statement of Significance

  The History of Dance and Music in Australia 1788 -1840  provides an unique insight into the social and cultural life of people in the early European colony, at all levels of society.  It comprises a collection of dance instructions … Continue reading

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Australia Day Dance

2019 Australia Day Bush Dance Saturday 26th January.  7:30pm at the Farmers Hall, Samford, Brisbane Cost $10   Did you know that the indigenous people danced together with the convicts of the First Fleet?  Not only did the early colonists … Continue reading

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Harry Shaw – champion clog dancer

  Most people associate clogs with Holland and don’t realise that English clog dancing was incredibly popular in the 19th century.  English clogs with wooden soles and leather uppers were comfortable and cheap  – ideal for workers in the mills, … Continue reading

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