Category Archives: Dance

Convict dance research

I’m currently working on a doctorate at the Queensland University of Technology to research convict culture in the early colony from 1788 to 1840.  The main focus is social dance with the research uncovering a surprising amount of information to … Continue reading

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Events

The exhibition will include a programme of free public events. Redcliffe Museum – 75 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe Official opening   24 August 2018  6.30pm – 8.30pm. RSVP  https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/subsite.aspx?id=173254 Curator’s talk  01 September 2018  10.30am – 11.30am https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/subsite.aspx?id=174485  

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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

  Did you know that the indigenous people danced together with the convicts of the First Fleet?  Not only did the early colonists write about this occurring, William Bradley captured one such event in his 1788 journal A Voyage to … 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

One night, one ball… dance like Jane Austen. 2018 The Jane Austen Regency Ball will be held in the beautiful Sandgate Town Hall, Brisbane. Saturday 13 October Dances from Jane Austen’s day to the music of Australia’s premier early colonial … 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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