Category Archives: Dance

Samford dances 2014 – 2017

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 11th August … 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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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 Saturday 26th January.  7:30pm at the Farmers Hall, Samford, Brisbane Cost $10   Did you know that the indigenous people danced together with the convicts of the First Fleet?  Not only did the early colonists … 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

Date for 2019 is Saturday 19th October. 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 … 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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