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3rd Thursday Dance at Ashburton
This is our final dance for 2018! The 3rd Thursday Dance at Ashburton is on 20th December 2018 is in the Ashburton Uniting Church Hall (,145.080860) Time: 7.30pm Cost: $6.00 for the dance night. ( $5.00 for members ) Come along, meet some new people and enjoy the dancing. It's a relaxed informal atmosphere which caters for our less experienced dancers. The dance is followed by a light supper.

Ashburton Uniting Church Hall

3 Ashburn Grove · Ashburton

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    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 ( and if you think you might enjoy this type of dancing we would love you to join us.

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