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.