The Monaro Folk Society’s
2021 Colonial Ball
7:30pm – 11:30pm, doors open 7pm
Saturday 25th September
Folk Dance Canberra Hall
The Ball will be held on Saturday 25th September 2021, at the FDC Hall, 114 Maitland Street, Hackett, ACT (click for location map).
The Ball program will feature great music and dances from 19th century Australian sources.
Dress for the Ball will be Colonial / early 1900’s evening dress wear, or after five – see also the theme below.
(For ideas on how others dress for the Ball, see the Colonial Ball page)
Due to current Covid restrictions and the uncertainty as to when they might be lifted, the Ball is to be dancing from 7:30pm to 11:30pm with no catering, drinks, etc. Consequently there will be a significant reduction in ticket prices from previous years.
However, doors will open at 7pm for socialising, admiring of gowns and outfits, etc, plus there will be a break in dancing during the evening. The FDC Hall does not allow food or drinks on the dance floor, but BYO drinks and snacks may be consumed on the outside veranda, so providing Covid restrictions permit it, dancers may bring their own refreshments for before and during the Ball.
Details will be added or updated as planning progresses.
Band: Earthly Delights
Caller: John Gardiner-Garden
Theme: Flowers, Fans and Bows – feel free to interpret this any way you wish!
TICKET SALES will commence soon, and there will be a link here that will take you to an on-line order form.
Ticket Prices: Early Bird tickets –
MFS Members, Earthly Delights dancers, and Interstate dancers – $25
Other Adults – $30
Full-time Students and Under 18s – $15
After 4 September, all prices will increase by $5, and after 22 September by a further $5.
The DANCE PROGRAM will be made available in due course. Workshops for the Ball dances are also being held – see below.
ADDITIONAL EVENTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BALL
Workshops to teach the Ball dances have or will be held at All Saints Church Hall:
Monday May 31 – 3 to 5pm
Monday June 14 – 2.30 to 5pm
Sunday July 4 – 2.30 to 5pm Cancelled due to Covid restrictions
Sunday July 25 – 2.30 to 5pm
Additional workshops may be added – check here for updates
John Gardiner-Garden, and his band Earthly Delights, will introduce dancers to the Ball program in this series of special workshops designed to teach the dances and dance style. These are open to all dancers and are offered at the usual workshop prices of $6 for MFS members and groups, $8 for non-members, full-time students half price, and under 18s free. For more information, including a link to the venue location, click here.