Category Archives: Dance

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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Napoleon’s Last Gamble. Regency Dance 2015

Pine Rivers  Heritage Museum Napoleon’s Last Gamble: 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the Legacy of the Napoleonic Wars in Australia. As part of the event I’ll be giving a Heritage Talk [10.00am Wednesday 10 June] on the … Continue reading

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Special Events

Special events 2017 Heritage Festival Dance 12th May at the Farmers’ Hall, Main Street, Samford QLD 4520. 7.30 – 9.30pm In conjunction with the Australian Heritage Festival. An evening of dances from the early years of the colonial era 1788- … Continue reading

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Regular Events

Regular events 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 … Continue reading

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Salamanca Castanets

Music by Philip’s Dog: Roland Clarke (violin), Katie Lawton (violin), Rebecca Wright (Cello), Donald McKay (bodran). Recorded by Daniel Nelson, Amniote Audio & Lisa Meier, Harmonix Productions at SAE Studios, Brisbane. Mixed and Mastered by Daniel Nelson, Amniote Audio. Country … Continue reading

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2015 Heritage Ball, National Folk Festival

Programme of early colonial dances for the Heritage Ball, National Folk Festival 2015. These dances will appear in the first section of the Ball programme on Sunday 5th April at 8.00pm.  A preparatory workshop will be held on Friday 3rd … Continue reading

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1788 Collage – dance, social life, fashion, celebrities and events.

1. Donnybrook Fair. Francis Wheatley 1788. 24% of convicts in the First Fleet came from Ireland. 2. Ladies in the dress of 1788. Ladies’ Own Memoranda-Book for the Year 1789.  Women in the First Fleet saved their best clothes for … Continue reading

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Port Jackson, a dance from 1796.

Thompson’s Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1796 Listen to Port Jackson as a Midi or mp3  Arr. Roland Clarke. Download the PDF in Bb or in G. Country dance: Duple minor longways. A1 1-4 1st and 2nd couples … Continue reading

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Governor Phillip meets Jane Austen

Did Arthur Phillip meet Jane Austen in Bath?  It is quite possible. Phillip retired to Bath in 1793 to recover his health after five years as the governor of the colony of New South Wales.  While on occasions he was … Continue reading

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