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WATTLE DAY - What's it all about ?   ~   Wattle Day on "Bush Telegraph"


          " WATTLE DAY "
   ~   Sat 7th Sept. 2019   ~
***   click here for details - flyer  

 1912 Coat of Arms

~ celebrate in conjunction with the VFMC's regular 1st Sat. Bush Dance ~ 

Saturday 7th September 2019

2 different Dance Workshops - morning Maypole: 11:00 - 12:00pm  

Wattle Waltzes & other Springtime Delights: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

and a Family Bush Dance in the evening.

with Blackberry Jam Bush Band ~ 7:30 - 10:30 pm

Ringwood East Senior Citizens Hall            Laurence Grove, Melway 50 B8

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TSDAV’s   Dance Workshops   2019   ~ Dances for Dancers ~

~ the next session will be replaced by the afternoon dance workshop at Ringwood,

as part of the VFMC's Wattle Day celebrations on

Sat. 7th September  ~  NB: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

" Wattle Waltzes & other Spring Delights! "

@ Senior Citizen’s Hall, Lawrence Grv. Ringwood East   ( Melway 50 B8 )

All dancers are welcome   

Inquiries:  Norm Ellis   9888 5332   OR   Jane Bullock   9762 1389   ~  < www.vfmc.org.au >

Link to VFMC’s Wattle Day info page – click here    &/or full program flyer – click here

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~   YES !   IT'S ON AGAIN   ~

Spring Dance Weekend     8th – 10th November 2019

 ~   Dancing at the Village by the Sea !   ~   “Dancing Around the WOrld !”   ~ 

A whole weekend of dance workshops & evening dances !

PARKS HALL COMMUNITY CENTER     Portarlington, Victoria.   (1.5 hrs drive SW of Melbourne, 20 mins past Geelong. Melways 239 F2)

Application Form now available - click here

Check both NEWS and EVENTS for more details.

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REGULAR EVENT   ~      TSDAV Dance Workshops

  ‘11th Hour’ Dance Workshops   2019   ~ Dances for Dancers ~

Dancing at the 11th Hour – Dances for Dancers’

COME AND TRY THEM OUT !

1st Sunday  of the month

NB 1 - 4 pm, at the Church of Christ Hall,

1 The Avenue, Surrey Hills. 3127   ( Melways 46 H11 )

NB ~ No longer @ The Eleventh Hour Theatre Hall, 

All dancers are welcome                    Inquiries: Norm Ellis   9888 5332.     George Ansell   9890 5650.

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Many thanks to all of you who came and supported our

"A Dance for Dancers" at this year's National Folk Festival.

"A Dance for Dancers"  Friday 19th April, 2019 - 12:30 to 14:30,  in the Coorong.

link to "A Dance for Dancers" NFF 2019 ~ Program / Instructions & Videos 

A Dance for Dancers ~ with "Cue & Do"

"Cue and Do" are the TSDAV’s Norm Ellis calling, and musicians drawn from the Melbourne Colonial Dancers Band. Presenting a high intensity Dance for Dancers, with a minimum of fuss: briefed and called, but mostly NOT walked through, structured for experienced dancers and maximum enjoyment.

Keith Wood has uploaded new animations for to his excellent page @ http://www.dancekaleidoscope.org.au/dance.html

Announcing the winners of this year's Dance Competition

The Beatrice Klippel Memorial Trophy for General Social Dance :

Cecilia Johnson's dance "Floriade", 

& the VFMC Perpetual Trophy for a dance for More Experienced Dancers :

Keith Wood's dance "Monkey Mia Dolphins". ~ click here for link to full report

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Recent sad NEWS -     VALE - Daryl John POWELL OAM 

- the following Tribute was posted by the NFF in their latest NEWS release -

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> > > > >   SORRY FOLKS   ~   you have missed our recent

Spring Dance Weekend     9th – 11th November 2018

A whole weekend of dance workshops & evening dances !

“Springing into Springtime”

* Kim South - Scottish,     Roger Gifford - 'Scandi Squares',     Keith Wood - Contra,    

Audrey Fine - European / Middle Eastern,    Darren Taylor - Square Dance,

George Ansell - recent Aussie dances,     Alan Musgrove - Dance Music workshop.

PARKS HALL COMMUNITY CENTER     Portarlington, Victoria.

(1.5 hrs drive SW of Melbourne, 20 mins past Geelong. Melways 239 F2)

Click for Info: ~ flyer   &/or   Full Program & application form

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     Our recent events   ~   "The Last Chance"   ~   last year's

“OLD TIME TEA DANCE”   

* has been held for ONE last time !

Music by   The Gay Charmers and Friends

Sat. 11th August 2018

Dancing from 4:30pm to around 9:30pm

St David's Uniting Church Hall   74 Melville Rd. Brunswick West

for flyer & Program - click here              & for 'set dance' notations - click here

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NFF 2018 "HERITAGE BALL" ~ Program & Dance Instructions, & Videos ~

click here for details

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2018 Dance Competition Winners announced - Report - Congratulations Keith Wood for Green Apple Quickstep & Eureka

 TSDAV Members Day ~ AGM  & Hoedown ~ Sat 24th Feb. @ 6:30pm ~ at the Ashburton Uniting Church Hall  ~  3 Ashburn Grove, Ashburton  ~  ( Melways 60 D 10 ) ~ followed @ 8pm by the Hoedown !

Sadie Hawkins Day Hoedown

Daisy Mae chasing Li'l Abner

Taking a trip back in time to DOGPATCH U.S.A.

???   Why Sadie Hawkins   ???

                  # building upon our successful Hoedown theme: recapture the naive innocence of past times, a la "The Beverly Hillbillies" & Al Capp's "Li'l Abner"

'Sadie Hawkins Day' is Capp's masterfully satirical take on our "Leap Year / 29th Feb." traditions.

So, come and join the fun, at our Sadie Hawkins Day Hoedown !

~~~ Sat. 24th Feb. 2018 ~~~

at the Ashburton Uniting Church Hall  ~  3 Ashburn Grove, Ashburton  ~  ( Melways 60 D 10 )


For printable flyer - click here       &       for Dance program - click here

link to some 'Valentines Day' dances - click here

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Spring Dance Weekend     10th – 12th November 2017

A whole weekend of dance workshops & evening dances !

“In Remembrance of Times and Traditions past”

PARKS HALL COMMUNITY CENTRE     Portarlington, Victoria.

(1.5 hrs drive SW of Melbourne, 20 mins past Geelong. Melways 239 F2)

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Click for Info: ~ flyer   &/or   Full Program & application form

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2017 Dance Comp ~ Congratulations to both winners - Peter Gamble & Kathy Potter. - for details see report in NEWS section, and Full Report in Dance Competition section.  Norm presented both winners with their freshly engraved Trophy and medallion, at the recent Bundanoon DanceFest.   ~ go to NEWS ~ OR see photos - here (Peter) & here (Kathy)

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Other announcements ~

      ~   news from the 50th National   ~

It is also of special interest to note in the 50th year of the National Folk Festival, that our TSDAV founding President, and mentor, Shirley Andrews (dec'd), was the chair person of the organising committee for the very first National !   Shirley started research into early Australian dances for the Victorian Folk Music Club (VFMC) in 1959, and in the '70s, published "Take Your Partners - Traditional Dancing in Australia".  

We also thank the VFMC for continuing to support Shirley's legacy through the TSDAV, by sponsoring both of our dance awards.

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Our most recently published  TSDAV Dance Books

"Australian Contemporary Folk Dances"

Numbers 7, 8 & 9

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Our Founder & Mentor - Shirley Andrews

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