2016 Dance Callers for Bundanoon DanceFest

(Updated 4th June 2016)

Norm Ellis

Longtime dancer, caller and teacher, Norm comes from Melbourne, and is a mainstay of the Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria (TSDAV).

He is presenting two workshops this year -

Something Borrowed, Something New
- a selection of favourites, including some originals of my own.

Collector's Choice - Music & Dance from the works of Peter Ellis
Some lesser known Quadrilles


Cathy Richmond

Cathy has been a regular dancer at Bush Music Club dances since she could walk and has enjoyed interests in other dance styles especially Irish (where she dances regularly with Margaret Winnett's group.)

Odd Dances
A mix of dances with a bit of an 'odd' twist.



Mark Simmons

Mark is a regular dancer and caller in Canberra, where he is also playing an important role in the Monaro Folk Society, including organising Workshops, Bush Dances and Dancer's Dances.

Monaro Waltz
A new waltz, in a four couple set, composed by Peter Gamble (who devised Waltz for Ann that was on last year's program). This waltz features an unusual formation, some new patterns and a unique "meanwhile". For dancers who are able to waltz competently. Plus, if time permits some additional waltzes that are not often danced.

That's Nae Scottish
Dances written or adapted by local dance composers, that are to be danced (mostly) in Scottish style, but that you won't find in any RSCDS dance books! Expect to dance a selection from Gates of Moy, Jim's Fix, Aussie Blokes, Canberra Trams and Daryl's Double Posties.




Caroline Barrell

Caroline hails from the Blue Mountains where there is a healthy bush dance scene. Her offering this year is

More Blue Mountains Favourites:
Blackwattle Reel, Crossing the Mountains, Port Jackson, Fiddle Hill Jig, Country Bumpkin, Come to the Ceilidh, Heel Toe Quadrille, Pride of Erin




Jude Bertolin

Jude Bertolin has been involved in dance in one form or another since she was very young. She danced with the Sydney Colonials in the early 80s and was a founding member of the Australian Heritage Dancers. After leaving Sydney, she taught folk dance to children in Boorowa and then to adults on Norfolk Island. She is well equipped to share her skills and passion for dance. 

This time she is concentrating on the Petunia Quadrille and more from Joe Yates. There will be two or three quadrilles and some couples dances- waltz, mazurka, varsovienna & maybe some others.




Coral Eden

Coral is attempting to complete Peter Ellis’s project of filming collected dances and putting them onto YouTube.
Firstly Foursome Reel also called the Scotch Reel noted on many dance programs to be danced in Regency style. Then Taradale Club Quadrille entered into the TSDAV Dance Competition 1982 and the Liverpool Plains Waltz Cotillion from Daryl Powell’s grandmother if time permits.





Don Richmond

Long-standing Bush Music Club stalwart Don is no stranger to the dance floor and to the caller's mike. He has a broad repertoire of Bush dances both traditional and contemporary.

Waltzing around the World
presents a geographically inspired selection of dances. Following on from a similar workshop in late 2015 at the TSDAV Portarlington Dance weekend, this tour starts in the Southern Highlands. The travel itinerary includes Holland, Ireland, Mexico, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden. Please check your passport is current!



Keith Wood

Keith was dancing with Dance Kaleidoscope in Brisbane before moving to Sydney recently. He enjoys dancing English Country, Contra, Bush/Australian, some Scottish and Irish, and also ballroom styles. He has started a bi-monthly Contra dance in Sydney, following on from sessions run in Brisbane. His dance composing started a couple of years ago with dances writing in many of the styles mentioned above.

New Contras (Sat) Not 32 Bars (Mon)
Featuring respectively newly composed contra dances and dances in other than 32 bar repeats




Margaret & Bill

Margaret & Bill Winnett have spent the last fifty years dancing together. They teach and lead the Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers, a performance and social group formed in 1958. They regularly travel to Ireland to collect and research the traditional Irish dances they teach during their workshops and classes. They have taught dancing in Ireland, France and the United States, where they have an open invitation to return.

Margaret & Bill have the ability to teach dancing in a fun way yet have everyone dancing to an exacting standard and enjoying the experience.

Irish Couples Dances - to lively jigs, reels, hornpipes, slides, etc.
Irish Set Dancing - Mayo to Cork

Traditional Irish Dancing


Paul Carr

Paul and Leslie took up Irish Set dancing in 2006 and teach in Canberra twice a week.  They organize the Irish Set dance display group Set In Their Ways. Paul is making a name in composing dances with success in competition at the Sweets of May festival in Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland. He will be teaching his latest composition.

The Four Books Set
A personal tribute to the great Irish dance master Pat Murphy, who authored the four standard works owned by just about every Irish Set Dance teacher around the globe: Toss the Feathers (1995), The Flowing Tide (2000), Apples In Winter (2009), and Tabhair dom do Lámh (2014). It turns out that each of these books is titled after a well known traditional Irish tune, and Paul has written the set to be danced specifically to these tunes. Paul will also teach some figures from Pat Murphy's latest dance, the Carrowbeg Set, that was released at the Connie Ryan Set Dance Weekend in Nenagh, County Tipperary, in January 2016.



Tony Northey

Tony began dancing as a teenager with ballroom, old time, rock and roll, jive, latin, charleston and limbo.
Having discovered REEL dancing i.e. Scottish Country he has been involved with teaching regular classes and providing demonstrations since 1981.
He has taught at a Winter School, day schools and festivals and classes around OZ. Tony has been a regular performer at the National Folk Festival since 1992. He likes to share his joy and enthusiasm and make tricky dances seem easy. Previously a resident of Canberra, he now resides in Tasmania and travels to the mainland when tempted.

Scottish Country Dance
At least two easier dancers for repeating at the evening social followed by a challenge or two.

Scottish Country Dance




Colin Towns / June Staunton

Colin first performed at a National Folk Festival (Melbourne, Easter 1986) and since then has presented numerous dance workshops all over Australia, including a wonderful Morris tour (1993) of Darwin/Kakadu; and three very successful dance workshop weekends in Canberra. Forty people doing Sailor’s Hornpipe - a sight for sore feet, or was it a soaring feat?

Dances from the Chessboard
The Baffled Knight and the Bishop Stepped Stately while the Queen jigged in Roxborough Castle - dances from a display by London Folk in the Royal Albert Hall 1981. Colin re-choreographed this display for the NFF in late 1990s.

Taming the Waltz
Do you know your waltz from a rotary chassey (or sachet as a friend called it). Can you wait while your partner weights - the hidden secret to an ecstatic waltz.



Paul Carr

Paul has been dancing and teaching English Morris dancing since 1984 both locally and internationally.  He has been the Foreman (teacher) and Squire (head honcho) of Mucky Mountains Morris, St Helens, UK (1988 –
1992) and Molonglo Mayhem Border Morris, Canberra (1992-2006).  Both of these sides he formed with his wife and dancing partner Leslie.

From the Cotswolds to the Welsh Borders
Sampling some of England's finest Morris dances and comparing and contrasting the distinct regional varieties of this zany, compelling and uplifting form of traditional dance. Beware - it can become highly addictive!




Bruce Lemin

Bruce started ballroom dancing 38 years ago, and bush dancing soon after. He has 7 gold and higher medals in the 3 main ballroom styles, and was a founding member of the Monaro Colonial Dancers in 1990. Bruce firmly believes that dancing – and learning to dance – should be fun.

Australian New Vogue
A selection of traditional dances including some valuable technique advice.




Roger Gifford &
Christine Ridgway

Roger and Christine’s combined folk-dance experience sums to over 50 years.  Favourite styles include Scottish Country, Australian Bush and  Colonial, New England Contra, Square, Irish Set, German and especially dances of the Nordic countries. Roger has participated over the years in display teams of German, Colonial, Israeli, Contra, and Scandinavian folk dance. They have been leading the Canberra Scandinavian Dance Group – sCanDans – for over a decade.  In that capacity they have run many Nordic dance workshops and performances at the National Folk Festival and several other folk festivals and Scandinavian national events in Australia.

Scandinavian Polska Basics
This workshop is for more experienced dancers. The Swedish hambo is one type of polska, but the hambo will be neither taught nor a pre-requisite for this workshop. Polskas are couples' dances to three-time polska music and as such are incorporated with other three-time dance types - waltz and mazurka - in some dances. The workshop will teach the basic forward and turning steps and, as time permits, use those steps in some Swedish and Norwegian dances.



Keith Wood

Keith was dancing with Dance Kaleidoscope in Brisbane before moving to Sydney recently. He enjoys dancing English Country, Contra, Bush/Australian, some Scottish and Irish, and also ballroom styles. He has started a bi-monthly Contra dance in Sydney, following on from sessions run in Brisbane. His dance composing started a couple of years ago with dances writing in many of the styles mentioned above.

New Contras


Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop, a dancer since '77, has taught contras for over 25 years, since the Bishops spent two years in the San Francisco Bay area, dancing to great bands at the fortnightly Palo Alto contra. For some years afterwards she ran Sydney's only Saturday contras, four nights a year. She has had repeat contra workshops at many festivals, including NFF. Julie also has fun teaching contras, and now Playford, to a weekly seniors class, and is the popular caller for the annual Gosford (and, formerly, Sydney and Newcastle) contra dances.
Julie and her husband Alex met at Sydney Playford Dance Group in 1978. She now leads the revived group, which meets monthly at the Bush Music Club.

Contra Dance of Peter Foster
Including his 'The 75% Solution', which though challenging, was the standout hit of my workshop at Port Arlington dance weekend a couple of years ago.



Jim & Ingrid Rehle-Williams

Jim Williams has a passion for the dances and folklore of Bavarian Germany.
He has presented workshops at Slacky Flat and the National Folk Festival.

Rheinlander & Zwiefacher Dances from Bavaria
We will be teaching 6 figures of the Rheinlander as a couples dance and 2 figures as a 2 couples dance. We will also be introducing dancers to the Zwiefacher, a dance of 2 rhythms within a phrase of music.



Fran Robertson with Jamie Cherryh

Fran has long had a passion for dance in many genres. She has taught dance in a number of contexts and is the (modest) organisational wizz behind the Numeralla Folk Festival.
Jamie has been involved in dance for over 30 years, most recently in vintage jazz dance, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston and Blues.

Blues Dance
Fran & Jamie will get your mind and body into the blues zone with a taster of basic steps and technique for blues couples dancing.  


Estonian and Scandinavian Dance


Madis Alvre

Madis Alvre commenced Estonian folk dancing in 1961. He has organised, choreographed and directed performances for Folkloric Festivals and at the National Folk Festival. He has directed major Estonian cultural folk dancing events in Sydney and Melbourne. During visits to Estonia he has undertaken first-hand research in Estonian traditions.
Madis has received awards from the Estonian Society of Sydney and from the Government of the Republic of Estonia, for his contribution to the perpetuation of Estonian cultural traditions in Australia. He and his wife Tiina present a range of Estonian dances from the simpler to the more challenging.