Discover the real fountain of youth. Come Colonial Dancing!

Melbourne Colonial Dancers have been meeting weekly since 1974 to enjoy traditional Australian dance which includes the following styles:

  • Australian Colonial
  • Old Time
  • Contemporary Bush
  • Anglo-Celtic – Scottish, English, Welsh, Irish
  • American (New England) Contra

We not only have fun and stay fit but also help to preserve the cultural heritage of Australian traditional dance and its music.

Our dances are a mixture of set dances and couples dances, which makes them unique among the social dances. Set dances are excellent “mixers” where dancing couples are arranged in lines, squares or circles. And there is nothing quite like couples dances for making friends!

There is a “caller” who announces what to do throughout each dance. There is usually a walk-through, a demonstration, or just a quick explanation beforehand.

You don’t need to bring a partner. Dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the night.

Interested? Check the rest of our website and if you think you might enjoy this type of dancing we would love you to join us.

Elsewhere you will find an overview of our Program, with links to details of classes, dance and special events that we organise.

We are part of a wider community of social dancers in Australia. You will find similar dance groups in other States and Territories, and they are great people to connect with while travelling. Many dancers from around Australia take the opportunity to meet and dance together during Easter each year at the National Folk Festival in Canberra. You can find some of these through our Links page.

Notices of updates to this website are posted on a Yahoo email group called ‘Melbourne Folkies’. Most updates have information about forthcoming events or photos of recent ones. Anyone can send an email to "Melbourne Folkies" and ask to be included on their mailing list, or just go to their website to find out more.

Indulge your dancing feet – come Colonial dancing!


Covid Lockdown Again

All Classes are off again for Lockdown in Melbourne. Details of when they resume will be posted when known.

Cancellation of our Cinderella Ball 2021

We regret to announce that due to current Covid-19 restrictions in Melbourne and the uncertainty of the next few weeks we have had to cancel our Cinderella Ball for 2021.
All tickets already purchased will be refunded.

Cinderella Ball 2022

Look out for our Cinderella Ball which is now confirmed for 25 June next year (2022)! We will update our Ball Page with details as they come to hand, and you now have another year to finish your Cinderella costume!

New Class Prices

Our classes prices have increased slightly for the first time in a long time. Wednesday classes in Abottsford will be No difference between Live Music and other nights with Members $8 and Non members $10. Beginners Ashburton prices listed here.

Meetup and Facebook

There are links on the top right to both our Facebook and Meetup pages - why not have a look and join to see current posts and meetup sessions. In our MCD meetup group, you will not only get notified of MCD events but also those of other related groups with reminders close to the actual dates - just click on the red and white meetup logo on the the button bar at the top, register.

Official website of Melbourne Colonial Dancers Inc. (Reg No A0035634A; ABN 38 917 445 529)
Created 5 June 2012 : Last updated 01 Feb 2015.