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2017 Colonial Ball

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THIRTY-SIXTH ANNUAL COLONIAL BALL

SATURDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Monaro Folk Society’s annual Colonial Ball will be held on Saturday 2 September 2017 at the Albert Hall, Canberra.

Dress will be colonial / early 1900s evening dress wear or after five. This year we celebrate the Centenary of the Trans-Australian Railway. Dance back in time and wear something sumptuous, funny, elegant, unconventional inspired by the many people, including federal politicians, theatrical performers and members of the royal family who travelled on the line.

Music by The Heritage Ensemble Band, led by Dave Johnson with calling by Heather Clarke. The Heritage Ensemble Band has made regular appearances at Monaro Folk Society Dances over recent years. Heather Clarke, an accomplished dance historian and caller, is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading dance callers.

Doors will open at 7.20pm for pre-paid ticket collection, with a pre-ball welcome drink from 7:30pm and dancing from 8:00pm to midnight, including a fully catered supper.



Please see Photo Pools for pictures and videos from previous Colonial Balls.
Also John Carroll has restored his history of Heritage Dances (Colonial Balls), 1981 - 2011, that he compiled years ago, to his website. [Link]

Dance Program

The Program for 2017 is below, but if you follow this link the instructions for all the dances are now available.


1 Grand March
2 Spanish Quadrilles
3 Machine Without Horses
4 Westward Ho
5 Maxina
6 Triplet
7 Nancy Dawson
8 Blackwattle Reel
9 The Yarralinka
10 Trip to World's End
11 Railway Polka
SUPPER
12 On Our Selection
13 Sydney Railway Waltz
14 Captain Cook's Country Dance
15 Gypsy Tap
16 Phillip's Dog
17 Melbourne Waltz
18 Love Em and Leave Em

Dance Practices

Ball dances are being taught at Monday Bush Dance Workshops and English Country Dance Workshops - see the calendar for details. Heather Clarke, the caller for the Ball, will teach at the Monday 28 August Workshop. She will also lead be a special practice on the afternoon of the Ball, from 1.30 to 3.30pm with the Ball musicians. Venue to be either All Saints or Albert Hall - stay tuned to find out which.


Colonial Ball Recovery Picnic

Come dressed in your evening or daytime colonial wear or just casual wear. BYO picnic to the Colonial Ball Recovery Picnic at Daryl and Diana's place from 12 noon - 3pm on Sunday 3 September 2017.

Ticket Sales 2017

As the Colonial Ball is fully catered, pre-purchase of tickets is essential for catering numbers. There will be NO tickets sold at the event.

Ticket sales will close on August 30. Late bookings may be accepted subject to availability (through cancellations), but will incur a $5 late booking fee in addition to the prices listed below. For late bookings please call Mark Simmons on 0421 814 718.

Ticket Prices 2017

This Year's ticket prices are:

2017 ticket pricing [all inclusive]: Early Bird
 Closed
Until Aug 30
     $$      
MFS Members / Groups / Interstate Visitors N/A 64
Other Adult N/A 69
Under-18 (accompanied by adult dancer) or full time student (student id card must be shown on request) N/A 34
Non-Dancer N/A 50
Musician Companion N/A 35



Purchase Options

Tickets are now on sale. Payment will be by Direct Deposit, Cash, Cheque or Postal Order. See the Payments Page for details of Direct Deposit details. Or buy your tickets from Mark Simmons at any dance or workshop he attends (that's almost all Monday night Workshops, Contra dances and Saturday night dances).

Special Dietary Requirements

Please advise any special dietary requirements to colonialball(at)monarofolk(dot)org(dot)au following your online ticket purchase, or advise Mark when you buy direct from him.

Billeting

There are many locals who love billeting our interstate guests. If you would like us to request billeting for you, or if you are a local who can offer to billet, please email:
Antonella <asalpietro(at)hotmail(dot)com>


2016 Colonial Ball

THIRTY-FIFTH ANNUAL COLONIAL BALL
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SATURDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2016

The Monaro Folk Society’s annual Colonial Ball was held on Saturday 3 September 2016 at the Albert Hall, Canberra.

Music was by Stringfiddle with Peter Foster calling.

Doors opened at 7.20pm for pre-paid ticket collection, with a pre-ball welcome drink from 7:30pm and dancing from 8:00pm to midnight, including a fully catered supper.

Dress was colonial evening dress wear or after five.

Please see Photo Pools for pictures and videos from previous Colonial Balls.

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