Category Archives: Dance

What to wear at a Jane Austen Ball

Overview Gentlemen Ladies Shoes Making a costume Buying a costume Hiring a costume About the Ball Buy a ticket Overview Jane Austen was writing her novels at the time Australia was being colonised, so the clothes people wore and the … Continue reading

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South Sea

 Music by Phillip’s Dog: Roland Clarke (violin)   South Sea Straight and Skillern’s A Collection of Two Hundred & Four Favourite Country Dances for 1775 Country dance: Duple minor longways. A1 1-4 All set twice to partner 5-6 Change places … Continue reading

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Mile End Assembly

Music by Philip’s Dog: Roland Clarke (violin) Country dance: Triple minor longways. A1 1-4 1st couple cast into 2nd place, 2nd couple moves up 5-8 1st man circles left with  2nd couple, whilst 1st lady circles left with  3rd couple … Continue reading

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Mundy’s Quadrilles

… this is the largest and most significant body of settler musical work to survive from Australia before the 1840s. The quadrilles are … competently crafted, melodically original and textually varied.   Most of them are tonally and chromatically rather more … Continue reading

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Dancing in Police Reports

This is a list of colonial Police Incidents where dancing was mentioned.  It covers the period from 1803, when the first newspaper was printed, through to 1840. Dancing was not illegal, but the circumstances surrounding it lead to it being … Continue reading

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Samford dances 2019

January 26 Australia Day Bush Dance February 8 – Community Folk Dance March 8 – Celtic Ceili April 12 – Barn Dance May 10 National Heritage Festival Dance June 14 – Dances from Poldark TV series August 9 – Barn … Continue reading

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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 – 2018

Dances in Samford, Brisbane 2018 Friday nights 7.30 – 9.30pm,  Farmers Hall, Samford, QLD 4520 26th January (Australia Day Dance) 9th  Feb, 9th  March, 13th  April Special classes prior to the ball  7th, 14th, 28th September & 5th October, October … Continue reading

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Convict dance 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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