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With the Queensland Colonial Dancers
Bush Dancing is a great Australian tradition that anyone can join in every with the Queensland Colonial Dancers at the Morningside School of Arts.

Photo Courtesy John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
Photo Courtesy John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.


A bit like American Line or Square Dancing, it is a social event where dancing is done under the instructions of a masters of ceremonies and you switch partners or dance in a group. So you don't need to know how to do any of the dances beforehand, though some dancing experience is helpful.

Bush dances were held around Australia in the colonial days as a way to bring people together for social events. Not everyone could dance or knew the same dances so by having a dance called explaining the steps, everyone can join in.

Bush dancing at the annual ball
Bush dancing at the annual ball


Yes, the bush dance at Morningside attracts an older crowd, but there is a wide mixture of people. The regulars will help you through any dances and dance you off your feet with their fitness.

For $15 you have 3 hours of dancing to a live band and a light supper that includes biscuits, fruits and cakes.

Bush dance band
Bush dance band


In 2015 dances will be held on March 22, April 25, May 23. June 27, July 25 (for the annual ball), August 22, September 26, October 24 and November 28.

July 25 is the Annual Ball which is $35. Dress for that occasion is formal or period costume. National costume is also encouraged.
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When: Once a month 8-11pm
Phone: 38487706
Where: Morningside School of Arts, cnr Wynnum & Thynne Rds, Morningside
Cost: $15
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