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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 (Note that this is still the case even though the NFF has been cancelled for 2021).

The cost is $8 for members and $10 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 the same with music 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
Printable Brochure (note prices are as per listed at left)


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.

2021 Program:

March 10th
  1. Parma Waltz
  2. Sybils Roundabout
  3. Australian ladies
  4. Belgarth Waltz
  5. Domino Five
  6. Powellís Fancy
  7. Twickenham Ferrry
  8. Citronella Morning
  9. Queen of Sheba
  10. Charmaine

April 14TH No Live Music
  1. Pride of Erin
  2. Walls of Limmerick
  3. King George Square
  4. Duke of Kentís Waltz
  5. The Royal Visit
  6. Llanthony Abby
  7. Cinderella Quadrille
  8. Christmas at Nariel creek
  9. The Slipper
  10. Killarney Waltz
May 12th
  1. Kingís Waltz
  2. Cubittís Arrow
  3. Pumpkin Carriage
  4. Wicklow Waltz
  5. Prince Imperial Quadrille
  6. Queenís Jig
  7. Waltz Mazurka/Princess Polka
  8. The Silver Tassie
  9. Of Noble Race was Shenkin
  10. Happy Days Ahead
June 9th
  1. Destiny Waltz/Valeta Waltz
  2. Falling in Love Again
  3. The Recruiting Officer
  4. MacDís Waltz
  5. Childgrove
  6. Ramadance
  7. Cinderella Waltz
  8. Quite Carried Away
  9. Duke of Athollís Reel
  10. Margaretís Waltz
July 8th
  1. Boston Two Step/ Chicago Swing
  2. Farewell to the Shore
  3. The Amazed Geneticist
  4. Lancerís Quadrille
  5. Bonnie Stronshiray
  6. Double Sir Roger Coverly
  7. Casuarina Waltz Quadrille
  8. Maxwellís Rant
  9. Citronella Morning
  10. Merrilyn
August 12th
  1. Evening Three Step
  2. Picking Up Sticks
  3. Antrim Square Set
  4. Waterfall Waltz
  5. Waverly/Fergus McIver
  6. Circassian Circle Pt 1
  7. Lady Nelsonís Waltz Quadrille
  8. Powellís Fancy
  9. Bevís Beckett
  10. Swing Waltz

September 8th NO Live Music
  1. Victory Waltz
  2. Seige of Ennis
  3. Dish-Oriented
  4. Landlaer Waltz
  5. Blodauír Waun
  6. Contra
  7. St Davidís Waltz
  8. Dip & Dive Quadrille
  9. Mairiís Wedding
  10. Circle Waltz
October 13th
  1. Parma Waltz
  2. Good Man of Cambridge
  3. Waltz Cotillion
  4. Milford Haven
  5. Siege of Ennis
  6. Scallywag
  7. Peter Ellis Waltz
  8. Bonnie Lass OíBon Accord
  9. Cornish Six-Hand Reel
  10. Lucianís Waltz
November 10th
  1. Scottish Waltz
  2. Captain Cookís Country Dance
  3. Newcastle
  4. Progressive Barn Dance
  5. Downfall of Paris
  6. Frangipani Waltz
  7. Trip to Timber Ridge
  8. Meillionen
  9. Clutha
  10. St Bernardís Waltz
December 1st
  1. Swing Waltz
  2. Good Friday
  3. Queen of Sheba
  4. Cloverleaf Quadrille
  5. Australian Ladies
  6. Sybilís Roundabout
  7. Love Ďem & Leave Ďem
  8. Lord Caernarvonís Jig
  9. Sapphire Sea
  10. Charmaine

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.