The Colonial Dance scene of which we are part is quite vibrant. We run a program of regular dance nights, classes for beginners and balls. For details of each part of the program, follow the link below.
|Normal classes in Collingwood on
Wednesday nights - see here for details:
Weekly dance and Live Music nights at Abbotsford
Your first Wednesday night dance with us is FREE.
|Classes for beginners at Ashburton – Thursday nights - price varies, check the page.||Monthly social dance at Ashburton – Thursday nights – $6 entry.|
|Two balls each year – Saturday nights in late June and November – less than $30||A Dance Display Group that promotes colonial (Australian heritage?) dancing in the community.||A house band that practices weekly, where musicians can feel welcome to learn and share their skills and knowledge, and be rewarded by playing for appreciative audiences.|
As well as the functions organized by the Melbourne Colonial Dancers, there are several other balls held, in Melbourne each year, that are put on by similar organizations. Information about such functions can be found through the Links page.
Folk Festivals are held throughout the country all throughout the year and Colonial dancing does feature at some of these festivals. The annual folk festival at Nariel (in North-Eastern Victoria) that begins soon after Christmas and continues into the New Year, is an example.
The National Folk festival is held each year at Easter time in Canberra. There is at least one Colonial Ball at this festival. Many people in the Colonial dance scene do go to these festivals. They know that plenty of their friends will be there when they arrive. One of the most valuable aspects of Colonial dancing is in the camaraderie. All ages are welcome!
"...it is the set dances that makes
meeting others so effortless,
and there is nothing like...couples
dances for making friends..."