Since 1974, members of the Melbourne Colonial Dancers have been meeting on a Wednesday night.

We meet at Collingwood Senior Citizens' Hall, Eddy Crt, Abbotsford (behind Collingwood Town Hall and Collingwood Police Station:- Melways ref 2CH10).

The dancing is from 8 pm til 10 pm then we have a light supper.

We dress casually, preferably with leather-soled shoes.

The dance year, for us, starts on the 1st Wednesday in February.
It finishes on the 2nd Wednesday in December.

There are are only two Wednesday nights in the year when we do NOT meet:- The Wednesday just before and the Wednesday just after Easter.

Over Easter the National Folk Festival is held in Canberra.

The cost is $5 for members and $6 for non members.

The music is usually supplied by Compact Disc, but once a month we have a Live Music Night. On the live music nights we have nine or ten dances that we have been practicing throughout the previous month. These dances are listed below.

On live music nights, the cost is $6 for members and $7 for non members. The music is provided by the Melbourne Colonial Dance Band.

Live music nights are on the 2nd Wednesday of the month except December (when live music is on the 1st Wednesday and the Christmas Barbeque is on the 2nd)

Your first Wednesday night dance with us is FREE
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As we meet every week that gives us the opportunity to do a range of traditional and folk dances including Australian Old Time and influences from England, Ireland, Scotland, Europe and America. Since 2003 we have been fortunate to have had Ian Kendall to teach us some Welsh dances. More recently Julia Grant has helped with the Scottish dances, and George Ansell has helped with the English ones. That leaves a team lead by Coral Eden to take care of everything else. Matthew King, Coral Eden, Kathy Cox, Pauline Barham, Michael Treacey and Norm Ellis also assist at Ashburton. (More details about the Ashburton classes.)

The planned program for the live music nights, on the second Wednesday of the month at Abbotsford is shown below. It is subject to change, but as these will be the dances that the band practices for, little change is likely! In the month preceding each live music nights, these dances are practiced.

2019 Program:

March 13th

  1. Pride of Erin
  2. Walls of Limmerick
  3. Bonnie Doon Quadrille
  4. Cinderella Waltz
  5. The Wild Geese
  6. La Russe
  7. Miss de Jersey’s Memorial
  8. Golden Wattle Waltz Quadrille
  9. City of Belfast
  10. Killarney Waltz
April 10th

  1. Evening Three Step
  2. Digger’s Jig
  3. Royal Victoria’s Quadrille
  4. Flirtation Reel
  5. Casuarina Waltz Quadrille
  6. Rose of the North
  7. McD’s Waltz
  8. Australian Ladies
  9. Tempest
  10. Swing Waltz
May 8th

  1. Parma Waltz
  2. Circassian Circle Pt1
  3. Seige of Ennis
  4. Melbourne Waltz
  5. Posties Jig
  6. Salamanca Castinets
  7. Waltz Cotillion
  8. Of Noble Race was Shenkin
  9. Brief Encounter
  10. Charmaine
June 12th

  1. Gypsy Tap
  2. Hole in the Wall
  3. Sandhurst Diggers
  4. New Fitzroy Quadrille
  5. Soldier’s Joy
  6. Swirling Waters
  7. Queen of Sheba
  8. Golden Bough
  9. Silver City Reel
  10. Celebration Waltz

July 10th

  1. Boston Two Step
  2. How Green was my Melbourne
  3. Tambourine
  4. Heidenroslein
  5. Chicago Swing
  6. Aussie Blokes
  7. Frangipani Waltz
  8. Bev’s Beckett
  9. Angelique
  10. Tennesee Waltz
August 10th

  1. Military Two Step
  2. Madam Bonaparte’s Waltz
  3. Fairy Reel
  4. Farewell to the Shore
  5. Gates of Moy
  6. Ramadance
  7. Federation Waltz
  8. Chain Double Quadrille
  9. Duke of Atholl’s Reel
  10. Valeta Waltz

Sept 11th

  1. Destiny Waltz
  2. Stretching the Truth
  3. Lancers Quadrille
  4. Downfall of Paris
  5. Nariel Wedding
  6. Tangoette
  7. Milford Haven
  8. Miss Milligan’s Strathspey
  9. Cornish Six Hand Reel
  10. Charmaine
Oct 9th

  1. Swedish Masquerade
  2. Circassian Circle pt 5
  3. Red House of Cardiff
  4. Woylie Waltz
  5. Aileen’s Reel
  6. Black Nag
  7. Lucian’s Waltz
  8. Moneymusk
  9. Picking Up Sticks
  10. Waterfall Waltz
Nov 13th

  1. Scottish Waltz
  2. La Bastringe
  3. Balley Vourney Jig Set
  4. Progressive Barn Dance
  5. Newcastle
  6. Colonial Quadrille
  7. Waltz Country Dance
  8. Goodman of Cambridge
  9. Clutha
  10. Merrilyn
Dec 4th

  1. Swing Waltz
  2. Sybils Roundabout
  3. Sweets of May
  4. Lord Caernarvon’s Jig
  5. Albert’s Quadrille
  6. Mairi’s Wedding
  7. Cloverleaf Quadrille
  8. Sapphire Sea
  9. Love ‘em & Leave ‘em
  10. Circle Waltz

To help with the dances we are making an effort to provide the instructions for them.

Cover of the book Merry Country Dance by Peter Ellis

Some Dances can all be found in the book "Merry Country Dance" that has been written by Peter Ellis.  Some dances for each month on our proposed program are included in this book. There are instructions for over 170 dances in this book. When Colonial Balls, Woolshed Balls or Tea Dances are being organised then at least 75% of the dances on those programs (and sometimes over 90%) are in this book.

"Merry Country Dance"  is sold through the Bush Dance and Music Club of Bendigo. You can purchase it from the Secretary of BDMCB (Mary Smith) 03 54421153. E-Mail Mary by clicking here. The cost is $35 plus 8.60 postage (which will allow you have three books sent).

The instructions for any Welsh dances can be obtained by clicking here.

The instructions for the Dorothea Waltz can be obtained by clicking here.


Created 5 June 2012 : Last updated 16 February 2013.