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!

Melbourne Colonial Dancers Inc.


End of Year BBQ Wed 12th December 630pm

Our End of year function is a BBQ in the Collingwood town hall grounds followed by dance at the usal venue adjacent to it. All the details are Here.

And ... January Contra Dance to Welcome the new year in

Special live music Contra Dance Thursday 17 January 2019 see Here for details

November Ball Video

Here is a clip from our latest ball:

For Dance information and details of the event see our Ball Page

June Ball Videos

We have two sets of videos of out June ball now on our Ball website here:

Ball Display
Ball Video

Beginners Classes

The second beginners class for the year start 23 August. View our flyer on this here, or visit out Beginners Classes page for other information and next year's dates as well.


Why not join 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 and join the MCD meetup experience.

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