What we're about

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 our website (http://www.melbournecolonialdancers.org.au/homepagef.html) and if you think you might enjoy this type of dancing we would love you to join us.

Upcoming events (5+)

Introductory Class at Ashburton - 1st Series for 2019

Ashburton Uniting Church Hall

This is the first class in this new series of Introductory classes for 2019. Coral's classes are a great way to learn the basics and meet new friends. The classes go for 8 weeks and includes 2 social nights with the Wednesday (experienced) group. Most dances consist of different combinations of basic steps, so once you have learned some of these it is easy to pick up other dances, particularly since almost all our dances are walked before commencing. They are also called throughout. For more detailed information on Colonial Dancing Lessons see http://www.melbournecolonialdancers.org.au/classesf.html Prices are: $70 for the 8 weeks ($50 concessions) $12 for individual nights ($6 on the 3rd Thursday Dance) All welcome - no partner required

Introductory Class at Ashburton - 1st Series for 2019

Ashburton Uniting Church Hall

This is the 2nd class in this new series of Introductory classes for 2019. Coral's classes are a great way to learn the basics and meet new friends. The classes go for 8 weeks and includes 2 social nights with the Wednesday (experienced) group. Most dances consist of different combinations of basic steps, so once you have learned some of these it is easy to pick up other dances, particularly since almost all our dances are walked before commencing. They are also called throughout. For more detailed information on Colonial Dancing Lessons see http://www.melbournecolonialdancers.org.au/classesf.html Prices are: $70 for the 8 weeks ($50 concessions) $12 for individual nights ($6 on the 3rd Thursday Dance) All welcome - no partner required

Introductory Class at Ashburton - 1st Series for 2019

Ashburton Uniting Church Hall

This is a dance night in this 1st series of Introductory classes for 2019 Coral's classes are a great way to learn the basics and meet new friends. The classes go for 8 weeks and includes 2 social nights with the Wednesday (experienced) group. Most dances consist of different combinations of basic steps, so once you have learned some of these it is easy to pick up other dances, particularly since almost all our dances are walked before commencing. They are also called throughout. For more detailed information on Colonial Dancing Lessons see http://www.melbournecolonialdancers.org.au/classesf.html Prices are: $70 for the 8 weeks ($50 concessions) $12 for individual nights ($6 on the 3rd Thursday Dance) All welcome - no partner required

Introductory Class at Ashburton - 1st Series for 2019

Ashburton Uniting Church Hall

This is the 3rd class in this new series of Introductory classes for 2019. Coral's classes are a great way to learn the basics and meet new friends. The classes go for 8 weeks and includes 2 social nights with the Wednesday (experienced) group. Most dances consist of different combinations of basic steps, so once you have learned some of these it is easy to pick up other dances, particularly since almost all our dances are walked before commencing. They are also called throughout. For more detailed information on Colonial Dancing Lessons see http://www.melbournecolonialdancers.org.au/classesf.html Prices are: $70 for the 8 weeks ($50 concessions) $12 for individual nights ($6 on the 3rd Thursday Dance) All welcome - no partner required

Past events (504)

Contra Dance @ Ashburton

Ashburton Uniting Church Hall

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