Category Archives: Dance

Death of Captain Cook – a serious ballet

The Grand Serious Pantomimic Ballet, The Death of Captain Cook. In Hawaii, a series of unfortunate events and misunderstandings lead to James Cook being killed along with five of his crew and fifteen islanders.  His untimely death elevated the captain … Continue reading

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The King of the Cannibal Islands

From a Police Report in the Sydney Herald, 10th of June 1832 Ann Roberts, a dab at culinary preparation, was charged by her master with continually annoying him, and quoting extracts from the times of Helfogabalus down to the King … Continue reading

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Drops of Brandy

From a Police Report in the Sydney Herald, 3rd of January 1833 TUESDAY. – Ann Painter was placed at the bar on the following charge, brought against her by her lord and master:- Having retired to bed at an early … Continue reading

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Michael Wiggins

This version transcribed from Fentum’s Annual Collection of Twenty-four Favorite Dances For the Year 1810, down an octave with flattened C in bar 4. From a police report in the Sydney Herald, 22nd of April, 1833 Paddy Cary was charged with … Continue reading

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9 Benefits Of Dancing (And Why The Convicts Danced Too)

9 Benefits Of Dancing (And Why The Convicts Danced Too) A blog by Mary Paterson Dance has changed a lot since Australia’s foundational years. But what hasn’t changed is the benefits that come with getting up and moving. These benefits … Continue reading

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A dance unit for primary schools

SOON TO BE RELEASED! Dance and the First Voyage of Captain James Cook  Perfect for learning about how dance was a part of Captain Cook’s first voyage on The Endeavour!  Providing step by step dance performance preparation for your class … Continue reading

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How to use Dance to teach Australian Curriculum History

Developed in collaboration with Kym Stevens at Dance Teaching Ideas As the new school year begins, time poor teachers around Australia are trying to develop new and engaging lessons for their students.  Covering all elements of Australian Curriculum can be … Continue reading

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Island of Love

Listen to Island of Love [All new recordings coming soon!] Skillern’s Compleat Collection of Two Hundred & Four Reels and Country Dances. London 1775 & 1776 Country dance: Duple minor longways. A1 1-4 1st and 2nd couples set to partners, then … Continue reading

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Special events in 2020

Release of Captain Cook Project for primary schools – January. Launch of CD and book: Captain Cook’s Country Dance Dance workshop with Phillip’s Dog at the National Folk Festival 9th-13th April [day and time to be confirmed] A presentation including … Continue reading

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Jane Austen/Australian Regency Ball 2020

Imagine yourself transported to the world of Jane Austen. Experience the dances popular in Jane’s day, just as they were in early colonial Australia. Dance to the music of Australia’s premier early colonial dance band, Phillip’s Dog. All dances are … Continue reading

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