Author Archives: Heather

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 Be transported Dance as a convict … or a governor! Real acoustic music Imagine reeling with Macquarie, or Frolicking with a felon Saturday 26th January.  7:30pm at the Farmers Hall, Samford, Brisbane Cost $10 includes … 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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Jane Austen Regency Ball

Bookings now open for the 2019 Jane Austen Ball  Saturday 19th October 7:00- 11:00pm Dancing from 7:30pm Includes a delicious supper Sandgate Town Hall, Brisbane, QLD View Map Early bird tickets $50 + booking fee Standard tickets $65 + booking … Continue reading

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Dance Heritage in Moreton Bay

Music Grant 2017 We have been awarded a grant by the Moreton Bay Arts Development Fund and Arts Queensland to give three dance workshops and record the accompanying  early colonial dance music.     The project will capture the story … Continue reading

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The Silly Old Man

Download Midi Country dance: Duple minor longways. (adapted from triple minor) A1 1-3 1st man and 2nd lady (1st corners) clap hands (own, right, own, left) and turn single. 4-6 1st corners change places by the right shoulder, 2nd corners … Continue reading

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A Dance for Shakespeare

Commemorating 400 years since the death of Shakespeare. Dance was part of everyday life in the poet’s time and most of his plays included dancing. We’ll present a selection of easy social country dances from the Elizabethan era. All dances … Continue reading

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