Colonial Ball

 The Monaro Folk Society presents the

2018 Colonial Ball

7:30pm – 12:00am
Saturday 1st September
The Albert Hall – Canberra
Music by “The Currawong Bush Band”
Calling by John Short


The 37th annual Colonial Ball will be held on Saturday 1st September 2017 at the Albert Hall in Canberra. – Location map

Dress will be Colonial / early 1900’s evening dress wear or after five. This year we celebrate the States and Territories of Australia for their vital role in the development of social dancing in Australia.

Music will be by “The Currawong Bush Band”, with calling by John Short.

“The Currawong Bush Band” has made regular appearances at Monaro Folk Society Dances over recent years.

John Short is an accomplished dance caller and composer from Sydney who has called at many dances in Canberra.

Welcome drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 7:30pm with dancing from 8:00pm to midnight, including a fully catered supper.

Tickets must be pre-purchased due to the external catering – there will be no tickets sold at the door.

Ticket prices are:

Ticket Type Early Bird Price (to 12/8) * Standard Price (13/8 to 28/8) * Late Fee (add to Standard Price) #
$ $ $
MFS Member, Interstate, Group 59 69 5
Non-MFS Member 64 74 5
Under 18 / Student 34 39 5
Non-Dancer 45 50 5
Musician Companion 40 40 5

* Sales at these prices cease at Midnight on the last date.
# Late sales (29/8 to 31/8) only available through cancellations – contact Mark on 0421 814 718 before making a purchase.

Bookings:  Please go to Payments page for Direct Deposit details.  You will also be asked to email your booking details to: . Your email must include, for each ticket being booked:
Name of dancer, Ticket type, Price paid.
Also include total of $$ transferred and the reference details so we can match your booking to the deposits.

Other Ticket Sales outlets: Tickets will be on sale at Monday Bush Dance Workshops and most Saturday Night dances – see Mark at the venue. Mark will take Cash, Cheque, Postal Orders or make a Direct Transfer on the spot.

MFS Colonial Ball Dance Program:

Dance Instructions – Comments by John Short on the Program for the 2018 Monaro Folk Society Ball

(For instructions click on the dances below – a few still to come shortly).)

  1. Freestyle Waltz
  2. Grand March
  3. Masonic Quadrille (5 Figures) (WA)
  4. Merry Widow Waltz (NSW)
  5. Adelaide Race Day (SA)
  6. Numeralla Jig (NSW)
  7. Queensland Boston Two Step (Qld)
  8. Perth Meets Perth (WA)
  9. Overland Telegraph (NT)
  10. Barn Dance, Progressive
  11. Swirling Waters (ACT)
  12. John-McDouall-Stuart (SA & NT)
  13. Speedy Quadrille (4 Figures) (Vic)
  14. The Cameron’s Prince of Wales Schottische (Tas)
  15. Double Sir Roger De Coverley
  16. Pride of Erin (Vic)
  17. Federation Waltz (Aust)
  18. Gypsy Tap / Gipsy Tap (NSW)
  19. Freestyle Waltz

Dances from the program are being practiced at Bush Dance Workshops on Monday Evenings.

For ideas on what to wear, here are some photos from previous balls.

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