Colonial Ball

The Monaro Folk Society’s

Colonial Ball

is traditionally held every September at

The Albert Hall – Canberra

 

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The Colonial Ball is the Society’s flagship dance event and had been held annually since 1981, until interrupted by Covid in 2020. Each year callers and bands from Canberra and interstate have provided up to 180 dancers with an evening of dance and splendor, with attendees dressed in Colonial outfits, and dances selected from Australia’s rich heritage of Colonial and modern dances.

Guests at the Ball are encouraged to dress in the formal styles of the Colonial and Early Federation periods, and the dance program is designed bearing in mind that many ladies will wear hoop skirts. Gentlemen will have an excuse to wear black tie, with tails if available, although it is not unusual to also see kilts and dress uniforms.

For 2022, we hope to be able hold a Ball at Albert Hall, as in previous years. Whether or not this will include catering is yet to be determined. Check here later in the year for updated advice.

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The 2021 Colonial Ball was cancelled due to the Covid Delta variant lock-downs imposed.

The 2020 Colonial Ball was also cancelled due to Covid and the lock-downs applied.

For details of the 2019 Colonial Ball click on this link.

For details of the 2018 Ball, including photos, click on this link.

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For further ideas on what to wear, below are some photos from Balls prior to 2018. John Carroll has assembled a far more extensive gallery of programs, dance cards and photos of Heritage (Colonial) Balls from 1981 to 2011 which may also assist.

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