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Monday Bush Dance Workshops

Bush Dance Workshop "Jubilee Jig".


Next MONDAY WORKSHOP on 18 September 2017

Bush Dance Workshops provide an opportunity for dancers to learn and practice bush dancing, while enjoying a lively evening of fun and varied dances. Also a chance for musicians to join in (no entry charge for musicians) and learn traditional bush dance music, and for callers to practice their calling.

Bush Dance Workshops are held on Mondays in February through November (except public and school holidays) at All Saints Church Hall 9 Cowper Street Ainslie.

(In December and January come instead to Dancing In The Park - more info here...)

Learn lively dances to live music, or come along and help introduce newcomers to this wonderful activity. Musicians, callers, new & experienced dancers and helpers all welcome.

New Dancer Reward: Entry to your second Bush Dance Workshop at All Saints Ainslie is FREE.

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Irish Set Dancing

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WEDNESDAYS 8.00 - 10.00 PM
Term 1, 2017: 1 February - 5 April

North Canberra Baptist Church Hall, 17 Condamine St Turner

MFS Members $8 / Non-MFS $9. Light Supper included.

New dancers very welcome. No need to bring a partner. First two classes are FREE. Also FREE beginner/refresher classes on selected Wednesdays 7.30 - 8 PM.

For contacts and further information about Set Dancing events in Canberra see Irish Set Dance Group

End of Month Dance

EOM dances are held on the last Saturday of most months. These are open to everyone and the next of these is:

SATURDAY 26 AUGUST 2017 from 8.00 - 11.30pm

Enjoy a full evening's dancing to music by the Canberra Contra Club Band with various callers at the Canberra Baptist Church, 11 Currie St Kingston.

You don't need prior experience and you can come with or without a partner. Why not bring a group of friends for even more fun.

All dances are taught and then called and you'll be joining in before you know it.

Cost is just $14 for MFS members; $18 for non-members; $16 for groups and concession holders, and under 18s free. Please bring a plate of supper to share during the dance.

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Second Saturday Bush Dance

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The Bush Dance Group is pleased to present the Second Saturday of the month bush dances which will be held most months - see the online calendar or Bush Dance Group Saturday Dances for details.

The next Second Saturday Dance will be held at All Saints Church Hall on SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 2017.

Join us for an evening of Aussie Bush dancing presented by Peter Foster and other invited callers. As usual there will be live music provided by the Bush Capital Band. Start time is 7pm, with supper around 9pm and finishing at 10.30pm.

Cost is just $10 for MFS members and $12 for non-members (or $11 for groups and concession holders), with full-time students half price and under 18s free. Please also bring a plate of supper to share during the dance.

All dances are taught and called, so no prior experience is necessary. A great fun night of dancing for everyone brought to you by the Monaro Folk Society's Bush Dance Group.

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Merry Muse

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Next Merry Muse Sunday 5 November 2017 4.00 – 7.00 pm
Note: Merry Muse 1 October is not on as it is on a long weekend.

Irish Club, 6 Parkinson St Weston

The Merry Muse presents a blackboard concert along with a feature act. A fun afternoon for those wanting to share their love of music playing, singing or reciting in an inviting and friendly atmosphere. Come along and put your name on the blackboard or just to enjoy an afternoon of music and poetry.

FEATURE ACT: JED ROWE - an acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne. His music walks the line between country, blues and folk and his 4th album 'A Foreign Country' is a richly told collection of stories of Australian life. Rowe’s sublime slide guitar playing and emotive vocal delivery have earned him a reputation as a standout live performer.

Admission: MFS Members: $3 Non Members: $5

For more info Phone 0412 463 388 or The Merry Muse

Dancers' Dance

For intermediate to experienced dancers looking for a more challenging and varied evening of dancing.

The next DANCERS' DANCE will be on Saturday 23 September 2017.

Dancing will be a mixture of styles and may include Bush Dances, Contra, Scottish, Bavarian, Scandinavian, English Country Dances, and possibly some others.

The venue is O'Donnell Youth Centre, cnr Limestone Ave and Henty St, Braddon - car park entry off Henty St with dancing at the earlier times of 7pm - 10.30pm.

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Kids' Bush Dances

These will be held in July, August and November at All Saints Hall, Cowper St, Ainslie.
Australian bush dancing for children of all ages (younger children may need some adult help) and for their young at heart carers.

The next Kids' Bush Dance will be on Saturday 11 November 2017, between 2.30 and 4.00 pm.
Gold coin donation. Refreshments available.

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Other Regular Events

Monday Dancing in the Park

Dancing in the Park is a free event for dancers to learn and practice bush dancing (and occasionally other styles), while enjoying a lively evening of fun and varied dances. Also a chance for musicians to join in and learn traditional bush dance music, and for callers to practice their calling.

Dancing in the Park is held on Mondays in December and January (except between Christmas and New Year, or on public holidays) at

Stage '88 in Commonwealth Park - click for details.

Learn fun and lively dances to live music. Musicians, new & experienced dancers all welcome.

Join us for a BYO everything picnic from 6pm at the pergola near Regatta Point, to socialise before dancing starts. All welcome, picnic tables and BBQs on site.

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For more bush and other dance styles dates, and other events, please see the Calendar below.

Full-time students are offered half price entry to all bush dancing events, just show your student card.

Google Calendar

See MFS Google Calendar. The activities of the Monaro Folk Society, and activities of interest to Monaro Folk Society members and those with similar interests, are listed in the Calendar.

Our calendar ID is "[email protected]" (excluding the quotes). If you have your own Google calendar, you can do things such as overlay our calendar on top of yours, subscribe to notifications, etc. If you don't know what any of this means but are curious and want to experiment, try clicking on the + icon in the bottom right of the calendar.

If you want to edit the calendar (as in add or remove events), try clicking on the + icon in the bottom right corner of the calendar. If you think you don't have the necessary permissions, try sending an email to [email protected] requesting access.

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