Bush Dance

bush dancers
Australian Bush Dance has its roots in the very early settlement of the colony.  Initially it was influenced by the styles and customs of the early settlers but evolved to be an amalgam of the early colonial style and dances from Europe and America, as the miners and settlers came to Australia.  It became the form of social dancing that was popular in both the country and the city, but only got its name during the folk revival in the 1950’s – you have quite likely done some of this at primary school.  Contemporary dances, composed in the traditional style, are also featured at bush dances.

Bush Dance Workshops

Bush Dance Workshops provide an opportunity for dancers to learn and practice bush dancing, while enjoying a lively evening of fun and varied dances. You don’t need any dance experience. It is also a chance for musicians to join in (no entry charge for musicians) and learn traditional bush dance music, and for callers to practice their calling.  Live music by the Bush Capital Band

When: 8-10pm Every Monday February – November (School and Public holidays excepted), starting in 2018 on Monday 5 February.

Where: All Saints Church Hall Cowper Street Ainslie     Location map

Cost:  $8 ($6 MFS Members).   Full-time students are offered half price entry to all bush dancing events, just show your student card.

Come and Try: Entry to your second bush dancing event at All Saints Ainslie is FREE.

Friendly, welcoming group, no need to bring a partner, no need to book, just turn up at the door wearing casual dress and comfortable shoes for a great night out.  Free tea and coffee

For further information please contact: Mark 0421 814 718

Dancing In The Park

During December and January we do not have indoor workshops, however we hold DITP on Stage 88 on most Mondays of these summer months.  More info.

Second Saturday Dances

The program for these is based on easy and medium dances learned in workshops.  Once again, dances are walked through with a caller then danced to live music.  If you are having a birthday celebration you may consider inviting friends to this dance – contact us for more information.

Live music by the Bush Capital Band

When: 7:00pm-10:30pm on the second Saturday of the month (excepting public holiday weekends)

Where: All Saints Church Hall Cowper Street Ainslie     Location map

Cost:   MFS members $10   Non-members $12  Groups and Concession holders $11   Full-time students half price and under 18s free.

Please also bring a plate of supper to share during the dance.

Dancers Dances

Dancers Dances are nights for intermediate to experienced dancers, generally with dances from several genres from Bush, Scottish, Irish, Contra, English Country, Scandinavian, Bavarian, Ballroom and others, depending on the callers for the evening.

Program for 2018: we are planning four dances for this year.  24 February,   14 April,   14 July,    6 October

Venue: All Saints Church Hall 9 Cowper St Ainslie.      Location map

Time: 7pm to 10.30pm

Click here for more details.

Kids Bush Dances

We are planning 3 kids’ dances in 2018.  These will be held during school holidays on the following dates:  14 April,   14 July,   6 October.

Where:  All Saints Church Hall, Cowper St Ainslie.

When: 2.30 – 4.00 pm       Cost: Gold coin donation


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