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).
We dress casually, preferably with leather-soled
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.
The cost is $5 for members and $6
for non members.
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
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.
To help with the dances we are making an effort to provide the instructions for them.
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.