To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s arrival in Australia, we are pleased to announce that our book and accompanying CD are now available!
19 dances with music, dance instructions and historical notes.
A delight to peruse… the highest quality… fantastic music … a valuable addition for any collection… the result is excellent. (Pat, Sydney)
Congratulations on a terrific accomplishment! (Roger, Canberra)
Wonderful to have resources that link history to Music and Dance. Older students are really interested in learning about how Music and Dance links to the history they are learning in their own classrooms. (Veronica, WA)
Book and CD: $55 + Postage ($4)
Book only: $30 + Postage ($4)
CD only: $30 + Postage ($3)
Tracking within Australia is available for an additional $3.50.
International postage is available to the US and UK via our online store.
The CD is recorded by collaboration between Phillip’s Dog (Isabel Clarke, Roland Clarke; QLD) and The Whoots (Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Charlie Hancock; California). Shira and Jim toured Australia as part of Roguery in 2019 and appeared at the National Folk Festival.
All tracks are suitable for use at any social dance event, though many people will want to buy the CD simply for the pleasure of listening to these delightful tunes.
The book contains instructions for each of the 19 dances set to these tunes as well as sheet music and a brief history of each. All have some association with James Cook and other explorers in the Pacific or with the history of the Australian Colony. The material is based upon original research carried out by dance historian Dr. Heather Blasdale Clarke.
- Boscawen’s Frolick
- Botany Bay
- Captain Brisbane’s Frolic
- Captain Cook’s Country Dance
- Dance in the Forty Thieves
- Irish Trot
- Melbourne Waltz
- Mile End Assembly
- Nancy Dawson
- Phillip’s Dog
- Port Jackson
- Salamanca Castanets
- Silly Old Man
- South Seas
- The Recruiting Officer
- Transit of Venus
- Trip to Ottahite