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Dancers Dances - Yes, they're on again in 2016

There are two possibly overlapping, but different, audiences for "Dancers Dances". One is for skill-extending multi-genre dancers dances and the other is for fast-moving popular bush dances that can be done by experienced dancers with minimal if any calling. Rather than choose between these alternatives, we will again present both in 2016.

So, this year, you will be able to enjoy two Saturday night Dancers Dances, each 7pm-10:30pm at All Saints:

23 July 2016 July Dancers Dance
22 October 2016 Bush Dancers Dance

The July Dancers Dance will use recorded music while the October Bush Dancers Dance will feature live music from the Bush Capital Band.

Mark Simmons is the primary contact for enquiries in both cases. Email Mark at marksimmons(at)hotmail(dot)com(dot)au or phone his mobile on 0421 814 718.

The July Dancers Dance will use the same format as we have in the most recent Dancers Dances – that is, a mixture of dance styles and degrees of difficulty, presented by a number of callers expert in that style. Dances may include Irish, Contra, Scandinavian, Scottish, Bush, Bavarian, Playford, etc, etc and will range from familiar dances with little or no calling to less well known or difficult dances walked and called.

For the October Bush Dancers Dance, we will include well known and loved bush dances, with a broad definition of bush dancing. These may also include old-time dances like the Gypsy Tap which are suitable for an uncalled, led from the floor approach. Here are some suggestions. Please let us know which are your favourite bush dances (not restricted to those below) that can be done with minimal or no calling, by email to dance(at)mfs(dot)org(dot)au. We’ll include as many of the most popular as possible.

All the old time couples dances: Pride of Erin, Maxina, etc
Arkansas Traveller
Armstrong's Waltz
Barn Dance
Black Wattle Reel
Buffalo Gals
Casuarina Waltz
Chain Double Quadrille
Circassian Circles 1, 2 & 5
Circle Waltz
Dashing White Sergeant
Eightsome Reel
First Set
Frangipani Waltz
Haymakers Jig
La Galopade
Levi Jackson Rag
Love 'em & Leave 'em
Marching Through Georgia
Margaret's Waltz
New Parliament House Jig
Numeralla Jig
Posties Jig
Soldier's Joy
Sweets of May
The Lancers (called)
Tivoli Galop Quadrille
Virginia Reel
Waltz Cotillion
Waterfall Waltz
Waves of Tory

We look forward to seeing you at some, or all, of these dances.

Mark Simmons
Bush Dance Group Committee

The Dancers' Dance

The Dancers' Dance is a fast-moving fun night for intermediate to experienced dancers. The emphasis is on doing well-known dances with a minimum of calling, especially dances that are popular with more experienced dancers, and teaching some more challenging dances.

Venue: All Saints church Hall 9 Cowper St Ainslie. Map

Please see:
Bush Dancers Dance
Multi-Genre Dancers Dance

for details.

What should I wear?

Dress comfortably! Bush dancing is great exercise, and it is a good workout, and so don’t overdress. Even in winter you probably won’t want to wear a jumper or long sleeves while dancing. Layers of clothing work well, just as in Cross-Country skiing. Women often enjoy dancing in a skirt, as skirts flow to the music. Casual shirts are common dress. Don’t worry about what to wear – there is no special costume, just be comfortable. You probably will get warm as you dance.

What about shoes?

Since we dance on hardwood floors, many people bring a separate pair of shoes from the ones they wear to the dance. Clean off any grit from outside that might be on the soles of your shoes and could damage the floor. If possible, it is preferred not to dance in shoes with rubber soles, as these are harder on your joints – ankles, knees and hips in the long run. But people have danced in joggers, tennis shoes or whatever. If you get into dancing you might purchase a pair of dance shoes. The main thing is that your shoes are comfortable for you for active dancing. This normally means flat, comfortable shoes with smooth soles.

Hope to see you there!

Content Manager: Bush Dance Group

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