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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.

And an apology -

I have inadvertently misnamed Arthur Kingsland's 6 couple version of 'Trip to Bavaria'

in the 'ADfD' program & dance notations.

Please note that the correct name of the dance is "Bavarian Double".

My apologies to Arthur for the error.

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~   YES !   IT'S ON AGAIN   ~

Spring Dance Weekend     8th – 10th November 2019

A whole weekend of dance workshops & evening dances !

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

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

 ~  Saturday 6th April   2 - 5 pm  ~    LAST CHANCE !

~ Dances on this year’s NFF A Dance for Dancersprogram ~

@ the Church of Christ Hall, 1 The Avenue, Surrey Hills   ( Melway 46 H11 )

All dancers are welcome

Inquiries: Norm Ellis   9888 5332. George Ansell   9890 5650.

"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.

NB a revised 32b version of 'Devil's Maggot' added 16/2/19.

Keith Wood has uploaded new animations for - CHOGM / Viking's Sheepskin / Baker's Wife & Devil's Maggot.

to his excellent page @ http://www.dancekaleidoscope.org.au/dance.html

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All entries for the 2019 Dance Composers' Competition to be received

at the following address by 20th February, 2019:   -   Entries are now CLOSED !

TSDAV   C/- 62 Wellman St, Box Hill South, Victoria 3128   OR   by email to - < george.ansell@bigpond.com >

the Comp. will again be judged at the National Folk Festival, in Canberra, at Easter 2019       

"Dance CompetitionMonday 22nd April, – 9:30-11:00,  on the Piazza.

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Recent NEWS Flash -     VALE - Daryl John POWELL OAM 

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

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REGULAR EVENT   ~

TSDAV Dance Workshops

Dancing at the 11th Hour – Dances for Dancers’

COME AND TRY THEM OUT !

1st Sunday  of the month

2 - 5 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.

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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 CENTRE     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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Recent 'Past Events' -

Thank You to everyone who came to our Wattle Day Dance, and helped make it such a great success !


          " WATTLE DAY "
   ~   Sat 1st Sept. 2018   ~
***   click here for details - flyer  

 1912 Coat of Arms

Saturday 1st September 2018

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

2 different Dance Workshops in the afternoon,     ( 1:30-3:00 pm & 3:30-5:30 pm )

and a Family Bush Dance in the evening.

with Blackberry Jam Bush Band ~ 7:30 - 11 pm

Ringwood East Senior Citizens Hall            Laurence Grove, Melway 50 B8

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     Our recent events   ~   "The Last Chance"   ~   this 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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2018 Dance Competition Winners announced - Report - Congratulations Keith Wood for Green Apple Quickstep & Eureka

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

click here for details

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 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 her

Check both NEWS and EVENTS for more details.     ~ click here for our latest Bulletin ~& here for our 2017 Diary Dates.

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"TSDAV Dance Workshops" ~ ‘Dances for Dancers !' 

~   Sunday  ~  29th October  2017   ~   2 - 5 pm 

PLEASE NOTE - This session will be at the Church of Christ Hall, 1 The Avenue, Surrey Hills, 3127

NB  ~  Final session for the year !  ~

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

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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)

Click to see more

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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You have also missed our ~  " WATTLE DAY CELEBRATIONS "  !

Wattle Day   ~   "Dances with a Difference"  ~  3rd September 2016

~ for Wattle Day Program 2016 information - click for more info & full program flyer

 afternoon dance workshop ~ "Dances with a Difference"  /  Evening Dance with "Blackberry Jam"

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

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and our ~  " Old Time Tea Dance "  !

with the Gay Charmers & friends, on 27th August,  4:30 - 9:30pm

for more info go to events - for program click here

for video links to the dances - click here

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Other announcements ~

      -   news from the 50th National   -

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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

   - read more - see About Us / Identities

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