Category Archives: Dance

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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Matthew Flinders and the Glorious First of June

Music, dance, history. Glorious First of June in popular culture. Dances entitled ‘Glorious First of June’ A Life of Exploration. Matthew Flinders’ flute. Preston’s Twenty four Country Dances for the Year 1795.1 Listen to mp3 Arranged by Roland Clarke 2014 … Continue reading

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Captain Cook’s early life – Boscawen’s Frolick

Listen to Boscawen’s Frolic as a midi or mp3 Arranged by Roland Clarke 2014 Country dance: triple minor longways.* A1 1-8 1st couple cast off down the outside and back. A2 1-4 1st couple lead down below 3rd couple (2nd … Continue reading

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Lasses of Portsmouth

Thompson’s Compleat Collection of 200 Fashionable Country Dances. Vol. 4, 1780 Listen to the Lasses of Portsmouth as a mp3 or midi Arr. Roland Clarke. Country dance: Triple minor longways. A1 1-2 1st couple turn by the right hand. 3-4 … Continue reading

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Nancy Dawson

This version from No Kissing Allowed in School! A Virginia Dancing School in 1784. Kate Van Winkle Keller & George A. Fogg. Listen to Nancy Dawson as a midi or mp3 Download the pdf Country dance: Longways set for 4 couples. … Continue reading

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Lady Ann Stewart’s Strathspey

Wheatstone’s Selection of Elegant and Fashionable Country Dances, Reels, Waltzs &c for the Ensuing Season 1808, Book 1 Listen to Lady Ann Stewart’s Strathspey as a midi ormp3 Download the pdf Transcribed and arranged by Roland Clarke Country dance: Duple minor … Continue reading

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Lady Mary Douglas’ Reel

 Wheatstone’s Selection of Elegant and Fashionable Country Dances, Reels, Waltzs &c for the Ensuing Season 1808, Book 1.  National Library of Australia. Listen to Lady Mary Douglas’s (sic) Reel as a midi or mp3 Download the pdf Transcribed and arranged … Continue reading

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