2019 – 2020

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The following are just some of the events [not in strict chronological order]

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Contra in Melbourne January 5th.

Irish Set Dancing weekend in Melbourne

2020 Irish set Trentham

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19th Century Costume & Dance Weekend

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19th Century Dance & Costume Weekend, 18-19 April 2020,
at the historic Yarralumla Woolshed in Canberra.
Join us in April 2020 as we focus on dance and music with 19th-century Australian links (elegant Australian colonial-era dance) and wear your favourite Regency or Victorian costume. If the Duchess of Richmond could hold her famous ball on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in a stable, we can hold our famous mid-April event in this beautiful venue.  As in years past, we will start straight after a 10:15am morning tea each day, with dance workshops to build the confidence of first-timers as well as expanding the horizons of connoisseurs.
On Saturday the dance workshops will continue after a catered buffet lunch, then stop at approx. 4pm for all to check out stalls, rest, get dinner and finalise their dress for the Grand ball that will start at 7pm, will go through to midnight and will feature a wonderful well-researched program of music and dance with links to early Australia.   Our first JAFA Saturday ball 12 years ago fell on Aylwen’s birthday and this event will too! – so in addition to a provided mid-evening ball supper, expect a big birthday cake!
On Sunday after the catered morning tea, dancing or board games, there will be a costume parade, bring-your-own picnic lunch and provided outdoor period games on lawns near the Woolshed… and then another full-band dance in the hall – with a theme of 19th-century dance games – perhaps the biggest marathon of such tried in Australia for 150 years.. and there will be a catered afternoon tea.
We are offering an ultra good-value earlybird tickets at For more information phone John or Aylwen on (02) 62811098 or email

Portarlington Spring Dance Weekend


8th – 10th November.

Portarlington 2019 full brochure

Victoria Dance Diary Dates 2019


Winter Wonderland in Canberra


Brisbane Colonial and Heritage Ball

27 July 2019

brisbane Ball 2019

Guest Callers’ Night at Kariong

September 14

Our September 14 Social will be a Guest Callers’ Night.  

We will be asking our stalwarts to Call a couple of dances, but we are particularly wanting to encourage people who have not called before and who might like to have a go.   You will have three months to practice your chosen dance.    And what better place to practice than at Kariong.

It can be any genre:  Bush, Contra, Scottish, English Country, Ragtime, Irish.  Even a couples dance.   It can be an old favourite or one you have written yourself.     It can be as easy and simple as you like.     The easy bushdances are often the most fun and a great way to start.

At this stage we are seeking indications of interest from  experienced Callers who would like to contribute on the night;   from novices who would like to  make their debut;   or inexperienced callers who would like to add to their expertise.   If you would like some advice as to choosing a dance, suitable music,  or just some encouragement, give me call.      If I can’t help you, someone else will.


–           you will be calling to recorded music (just like Kariong and Pennant Hills)

–          you will be amongst friends

–           our Socials are very  forgiving places to try something new

–          it is all about having fun anyway.

Who knows,  maybe this year our Guest Callers’ Night –  next year our ball!

“So screw your courage to the sticking-place.    And you’ll not fail”.      (With apologies to Mr Shakespeare)

Robyn Northwood, Secretary

Central Coast Bush Dance & Music Association, Inc.

Phone:  4344 6484     Mobile:  0410 446 485

Dance Network Meeting

A meeting for anyone with an interest in promoting, organising, or dancing  social folk dances in Australia.

Where: at the Bundanoon Dancefest, Southern Highlands of New South Wales.  In the Bundanoon Club.

When: 5:30pm Saturday 8th June 2019.

Meeting 2019

For information about the Dancefest, visit


MCD Gold Fever Ball 2019

April – May 2019

Roguery and Brooke Friendly (USA)

Top English country dance group from America.

Roguery is Dave Bartley (plucky strings), Jim Oakden (keyboard strings winds) and Shira Kammen (bowed strings, voice), together with Brooke Friendly (dance caller and choreographer). They have wowed and entertained dancers and audiences at festivals and dance events throughout the US and in Great Britain. Individually they have appeared on over 150 CDs, including six as a band. Shira is highly respected in international early music circles, and Brooke has published five books of original dances.

Roguery & Brooke are performing at the National Folk Festival in Canberra and  holding weekends in Hobart and the Atherton Tableland.


March 2019

St Patrick’s Day in Sydney. (1)

Sydney Irish

St Patrick’s Day in Sydney. (2)

On Sunday March 17 from 2:15pm to 5:15pm I’m running another dance workshop in the Main Hall at the Pennant Hills Community Centre, 70 Yarrara Rd, Pennant Hills. We’ll be doing a selection of my dances, including Contra, Scottish, English, and Australian styles. Wear something green for St Patrick’s Day.
A $5 donation is suggested to cover costs and there will be tea, coffee, and biscuits available.
Join us afterwards at the Hotel Pennant Hills ( for dinner.
Also, you can see details about past and future workshops at

St Patrick’s Day in Melbourne

Melb Irish

June 2019

MCD Gold Fever Ball 2019

July 2019

Sedenka turns 50 this year and you are invited to join us to celebrate on Saturday 13th of July.

We are trying to reach as many past Sedenka dancers as possible, so are working through past Sedenka mail list.

Everyone is welcome. Please help us spread the news about the day.

Sedenka 50th anniversary

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