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

2017 Dance Comp ~  flyer ~ thank you to all who submitted an entry !    The judging was held at the National Folk Festival, and presentations made at the final Concert. 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)

Next Event -      ~   Sunday  2nd July  2017   ~   2 - 5 pm 

"TSDAV Dance Workshops"

Dances for Dancers, & Dances with a Difference!' 

Featured dances will include Tony Northey's tribute dance : "The Peter Ellis Waltz", a Bruce Hamilton style dance : "The Astonished Archaeologist", another crack at Whirligig, Waltz de Frontenac, a Pat Shaw dance or two, and a review of some of the dances for the forthcoming Old Time Tea Dance.

PLEASE NOTE - The next session will be the last at @ The Eleventh Hour Theatre Hall for this year!     The venue for future sessions will be advised later.

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

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NB ~~~ This year's Old Time Tea Dance will be on the 22nd July, with the "Gay Charmers"


Saturday, July 22 nd 2017

Dancing 4.30 pm till around 9.30 pm

Music by   The Gay Charmers and Friends

St David’s Uniting Church Hall   74 Melville Rd, Brunswick West   (between Victoria and Hope Sts, Melways 29C6)

Tea & coffee provided

Please bring tea-time goodies to share - ready to serve !

Tickets: $20 at door  or  $15 pre-paid

Information:   Norm Ellis  9888 5332

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Recent Events:

 TSDAV Members Day ~ AGM  & Hoedown ~ Sat 25th Feb. @ 6:30pm ~ at the Ashburton Uniting Church Hall  ~  3 Ashburn Grove, Ashburton  ~  ( Melways 60 D 10 ) ~ followed @ 8pm by the Hoedown !

Daisy Mae chasing Li'l Abner

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Sadie Hawkins Day Hoedown

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 !

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

~~~ Sat. 25th Feb. 2017 ~~~

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link to some 'Valentines Day' dances - click here

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Last year, we Celebrated our 22th Year of Spring Dance Weekends @ Portarlington.


 with plenty of dancing "FIREWORKS" !!!    (Guy Fawkes Day ~ 5th November !)

   * * *   read the Report here  - a shame if you missed the Celebrations !

Our special thanks to the Presenters, who all did an outstanding job, in helping make it such a most enjoyable weekend,

and to everyone who came along and participated to the fullest! (especially the Adelaide contingent)

 Spring Dance Weekend      4th - 6th November 2016                           

Celebrating 22 Years at Portarlington ~ with a Guy Fawkes theme, especially for 5th Nov !         Evening Dances on Friday and Saturday

Dance Workshops : -     for full program download - click here


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"


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



TSDAV Dance Workshops

Dancing at the 11th Hour – Dances for Dancers’

@ The Eleventh Hour Theatre Hall,

cnr Gore & Leicester Sts, Fitzroy.     ( Melways 44 B3 )

All dancers are welcome                    Inquiries: Norm Ellis   9888 5332.


~ 2017 schedule ~

2 - 5 pm at the Eleventh Hour Theatre Hall, cnr Gore and Leicester St, Fitzroy.

Monthly on the first Sunday – 5th Feb, 5th March, 2nd April, 7th May,

4th June, 2nd July, 6th Aug, 1st Oct, *29th Oct*, 3rd Dec.



Other announcements ~

      -   news from the 50th National   -

   ###     2016 Dance Comp winners announced at Final NFF Concert     ###

We are pleased to report on the continuing support for DANCE at the National Festival, once again allowing TSDAV's George Ansell to announce the winners of our Dance Composers Competition during the final concert.

The Beatrice Klippel Memorial Award (General Social Dance) was won by Norm Ellis, for his dance "On Christmas Day in the Morning",

and the VFMC Perpetual Trophy (for a more challenging dance) was won by Keith Wood, for his dance "The Wide Brown Land".

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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

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Mike Jackson receives Australia Day Honour

   - read more - see About Us / Identities

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