Category Archives: Dance

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 Be transported Dance as a convict … or a governor! Real acoustic music Imagine reeling with Macquarie, or Frolicking with a felon Saturday 26th January.  7:30pm at the Farmers Hall, Samford, Brisbane Cost $10 includes … 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

Bookings now open for the 2019 Jane Austen Ball  Saturday 19th October 7:00- 11:00pm Dancing from 7:30pm Sandgate Town Hall, Brisbane, QLD Early bird tickets $50 + booking fee Standard tickets $65 + booking fee http://eventbrite.com.au/e/66533444323 email: earlycolonialdance.1788@yahoo.com One night, … 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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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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Past Events

Past events Regular dances at Samford held on Friday nights 2014 – 1018. The Farmers’ Hall, 30 Main Street, Samford, QLD 4520 (approximately 24kms from Brisbane CBD) Only 25 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD. All welcome – beginners, dancers, musicians, and … Continue reading

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