many years, the Melbourne Colonial Dancers have hosted a series
of formal balls, usually on a Saturday night at the end of June
(the Winter Ball) and again in
November (the Spring or Summer
You can pay for these balls either at the door or beforehand
through online transfer to our bank account payment or it can
also be made by cheque to our PO Box and pick up tickets later
or at the door:
Melbourne Colonial Dancers
Inc; BSB 033-380, A/C# 404824
The balls usually run from 8pm until after midnight, and are catered for by our own members.
From this page, by following the link from each image, you can go to a report and a presentation of photos from most of the recent balls, listed in reverse chronological order.
In recent years the balls have been specially themed, and this has proved very successful.
Not only are the dancers encouraged to dress up in a consistent style (well, sort-of !!) according to the theme, there is also the opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic team that works on the decorations. The dance program, and sometimes even the food, are all designed to reflect the theme.
And there is sometimes also an entertainment - maybe a story in dance - inspired by the theme of the night.
Although the themes for the Winter Ball have been drawn from many sources, the ball in November is usually used to commemorate something specifically from Australia's past.
One of the pages accessed from here is not, strictly speaking, about an event that is part of the regular semiannual series. But it is the first time the YouTube facility has been used to enhance this great record. That additional event is the 2011 National Folk Festival.
YouTube and Facebook have recently been used to document several MCD Balls.
I hope that this can be continued whenever suitable footage is available. But don't forget those still photos and other memorabilia.
(If photos and other material for any balls could be found, it should be possible to add more pages and material as time permits. Also, a listing of the dances on each Ball's program would be of enduring interest, if someone could provide them.)