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2017 Dance Callers for Bundanoon DanceFest

In order of appearance

(Updated 8th May2017)

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 -

Two Lesser Known Quadrilles - Tommy's "Country" Quadrille, comprising '2 couple' figures, danced on the diagonals, or as a 'Sicilian non-progressive', and 'The Caledonians', one of the early popular Sets, which is now too often neglected.

Dances with a Science Connection - a selection of mostly contemporary dances all paying tribute to an aspect of scientific endeavour, or having a name associated with science. Chosen to appeal to the inquiring minds of dancers, chemists & cosmologists alike, drawn from diverse sources, but requiring no previous knowledge of Quantum Mechanics or Genetic Manipulations.

Two Lesser Known Quadrilles
Saturday

Dances with a Science Connection
Sunday

Arthur Kingsland

Arthur travels widely to learn new dances, including trips to the UK and Ireland. He and his partner, Julia Smith, have for many years taught a wide variety of Anglo-Celtic dances including Australian Contemporary and Colonial, Irish Set dancing, English Country, Scottish Country and American Contra dancing. They are particularly known for the teaching of interesting variations and challenging dances from a range of Celtic traditions, and writing challenging dances in a similar vein.

Celtic Collaboration in Irish Dance
The Ardcar Set, a new 4 figure set, has been designed by Dany Richard (Carquefou, France) and Ashley Ray (Ardglass, Northern Ireland). While recognisably an Irish Set dance it has interesting moves and features a waltz for the final figure. This workshop should be suitable for all dancers.

Rise to the Challenge
New challenging dances devised in Newcastle, all from 2016 or 2017 – some have even escaped to other states! Dances from the Australian contemporary, Scottish, English & American dance genres. These dances are at the harder end of the “challenging” scale and feature interesting moves and/or unusual formations.

Celtic Collaboration in Irish Dance
Saturday

Rise to the Challenge
Monday

 

Jeanette Mill

Jeanette Mill is a contra dance caller, musician, composer, organiser and dancer based in Canberra, Australia. Renowned for her clear and concise calling style, she has called at dances and festivals across Australia and internationally. She is keen to share the excitement of modern New England contra dance and music.

Experience the energy and excitement of Modern New England Contra Dance. Music led by genuine Contra Dance fiddler Miche Baker-Harvey from Seattle.

Modern New England Contra Dance
Saturday

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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.

Dancing by the Book
A selection of dances interpreted from a collection of Old Time dance manuals and music folios. This will include familiar and lesser known dances (or variations of  them).

Dancing by the Book
Saturday

 

Simon Wall

It's 20 years since Simon joined Molonglo Mayhem Border Morris and he still can't understand why he didn't start dancing sooner. He is the founding squire of Canberra's Surly Griffin Morris and has a passion for the rich history and diversity of morris. He refuses to let the Surly Griffins be pinned down to a single style or village tradition and he's excited by the opportunity to delve more deeply into traditional border morris for Bundanoon.

Worcestershire Source - traditional border morris dances from the villages of Worcestershire, including Pershore, Evesham, White Ladies Aston and Upton-upon-Severn. 

Worcestershire Source
Saturday

 

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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
Saturday & Sunday

 

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Heather Clarke

Heather is a dance teacher and historian who has been actively involved in early Australian colonial dance for over three decades. She frequently presents workshops and seminars, and regularly publishes articles on her website. She is currently undertaking a doctorate to research the intriguing topic of convict dance.

Captain Brisbane's Frolic
A collection of our favourite dances from the early years from the colony, including Phillip's Dog from 1817, and a couple of dances popular with the convicts.

Captain Brisbane's Frolic
Saturday

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Roger Gifford &
Christine Ridgway

Roger Gifford and Christine Ridgway have convened sCanDans - the Canberra Nordic Dance Group - since 2000 and taught Nordic dance workshops at many festivals. Roger is also a regular New England Contra dance caller. In recent years they participated in Swedish dance camps in Hälsingland, Sweden and in the USA bringing back material new to the Australian repertoire.

Scandinavian Circle Dances. The Nordic countries offer numerous circle dances in various dance rhythms. This workshop will cover a range of easy to intermediate level circle dances from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland ranging from sedate to lively.

Scandinavian Circle Dances
Saturday

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce Hamilton is a well-respected, thoughtful, and energetic teacher of English and Scottish dancing with 45 years’ experience. He has launched dance classes, trained teachers, coached performing groups and adjudicated festivals.
A retired research scientist, Bruce is always looking for new ways to understand and present ideas for the dancer. When he presents workshops he weaves many conceptual threads besides dance technique and choreography into his lessons. Musicality, sociability, and physiology are his current favorites. People often say they come away with a different way to experience and think about dance.

American Favorites Details TBC.

Creamy and Crunchy Luscious dances with smooth flow. Lively dances with lots of acceleration and chances to give weight. How to derive the maximum enjoyment from each.

American Favorites
Saturday

Creamy and Crunchy
Sunday

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Nesa Simon David

10 years ago Nesa somehow found himself in an aerobics class and enjoyed it thoroughly. Then it was line dancing for 2 years in Dubai. Since then he has explored bush, scottish, irish sets, contra, historic , irish step, salsa, Argentinian tango, zouk lambada, zumba, and more.

Time Traveller's Dance Guide First we’re in 1450s Italy, rubbing shoulders with the Italian aristocracy, and then joining the commoners of Tudor England and then giving ourselves airs and graces by pretending to be Kings and Queens. Next we’ll genuflect before the Sun King Louis XIV and join him at one of his fabulous balls in the Hall of Mirrors. Love and war are in the air as we show our partners some ostentatious dance steps during the Napoleonic period. A grand finale in the Victorian era, and BOOM, we’re back in Bundanoon.

Historic Dance
Saturday

 

June Staunton

An enthusiastic regular dancer at Bundanoon, June has agreed to share her passion for a dance that was all the rage in the 1920s.

The Charleston can be danced solo, or with a partner. Its simple, flexible basic step makes it easy to concentrate on styling, improvisation and musicality.

The Charleston
Saturday

 

Ian Bull

Ian has been involved in social dance since his university days in the 1970s. He has been in bands performing in the lower and upper Hunter Valley in NSW, far North Queensland, London and more recently in the Canberra region. Ian is a regular performer in several dance bands in Canberra covering social dances from the traditions of Bush, Contemporary Bush, Historic Dance (1450-1900), American Contra, English Country Dance and Filipino Cultural Dance.

Nineteenth Century Balls. A selection of dances from balls in the period 1870 to 1890. Australia was at a peak of prosperity through agriculture and gold. There were many regular balls held throughout the land, especially in the colder months. The workshop will cover a selection of dances and dance styles from the period.

Nineteenth Century Balls
Saturday

 

Paul & Leslie Carr

Paul and Leslie took up Irish Set Dancing in 2006 and currently run the display group Set In Their Ways based in Canberra. They are regular visitors to Ireland where they learn from the locals at festivals and summer schools. They also like to share their own compositions, which have regularly featured in the Newly Composed Sets displays at the Sweets of May Festival in Tralee, Co Kerry.

New and Born Again Sets We will teach the Molly Malone Set, an innovative new set written by Tony Slevin from Dublin, as featured in the 2016 Sweets of May Festival in Tralee, Co Kerry. If time permits we will also teach the Moate Set from Co Westmeath, a popular set in the 1940s that is currently enjoying a resurgence of interest from dancers in the Emerald Isle.

New and Born Again Sets
Sunday

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Mark Simmons

Dancer, caller and occasional musician, Mark has been organising dances for the Monaro Folk Society in Canberra for many years. He regularly calls at dance workshops, bush dances and dancers' dances and is delighted to be calling at Bunders again.

Odds And Sods will feature dances for 3, 5, 7 or 9 people in the easy to medium range of difficulty. There'll be old favourites like Numeralla Jig, Southern Cross and New Parliament House, and some less well known "odd number" dances including a waltz (Ed: How do you waltz with more than one other person? You'll have to go to find out).

Royally Yours features dances named after Kings, Queens and other minor nobility, plus some with more tenuous "Royal" connections. Dances will be drawn from Australian traditional and contemporary sources, plus Playford and Scottish Country Dances, and will mostly range in complexity from medium to difficult. Possibles include King's Waltz, Queen of Sheba, King Edward's Jig, Queen's Jig, Duke of Kent's Waltz, Royal Deeside Railway and Reel of the Royal Scots.

Odds And Sods
Sunday

Royally Yours
Monday

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Madis Alvre

Madis commenced dancing in 1961 and instructed the Sydney Estonian folk dancers 'Virmalised' for 33 years, until 2014. He has organised, choreographed and directed performances for Folkloric Festivals and at the National Folk Festival and has directed major folk dancing events at Estonian cultural festivals in Australia. After many years of performing, he and his wife Tiina continue their interest in folk dancing with teaching a children's group and in leading workshops at folk and dance festivals.

Estonian Folk and Social Dances - a variety of traditional Estonian folk and social dances, suitable for beginners as well as more experienced dancers, ranging from circle and formation dances to couple and progressive dances. Estonian dances fundamentally incorporate waltz, polka and schottische footwork with variations.

Estonian Folk and Social Dances
Sunday

 

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Bruce Lemin

Bruce has been involved in ballroom dancing for over 40 years and has 9 Gold and higher medals to his credit. He believes that dancing - and learning to dance - should be fun and loves helping people to learn new dances or polish their dance skills.

New Vogue Ballroom
Dances covered in the workshop come from the better-known New Vogue sequence dances. Perhaps the Merrilyn, Lucille Waltz, Tangoette, Charmaine, Gypsy Tap, Swing Waltz, La Bomba, Tracey Leigh Waltz, Evening Three Step, Carousel or Twilight Waltz.

New Vogue Ballroom
Sunday

Colin Towns & June Staunton

Colin and June have been regulars at Bundanoon since its inception, and Colin since its conception. Always with a commitment to learning with laughter, they will whisk you through dances, technique and style with an energy that belies their combined 100+ years of dance experience.

Sailor’s Hornpipe and other ‘naughty-cal’ dances
“We’ll rant and we’ll rave like true British sailors” – impress your colleagues through your veracity in a hornpipe. The Female Saylor is always welcome, as is Faithless Nancy Dawson, but never the Three Sea Captains. (Programme Outline here)

English Playford
In 1651 John Playford, a printer in London, an entrepreneur or just quick to profit, published “The English Dancing Master” being ‘plaine and easie rules for the dancing of country dances’. Colin and June will translate the Olde English into modern Australian – with energy and attitude. (Programme Outline here)

Sailor’s Hornpipe and other ‘naughty-cal’ dances
Sunday

English Playford
Monday

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.)

Tutus and Twirly Skirts
A mix of dances that make good on getting the best twirl of your twirly skirt!

Tutus and Twirly Skirts
Sunday

Chris Taylor

Chris was introduced to Yorkshire Longsword dancing in 1981 at Whitby Folk Festival, and it has remained a favourite form since then. He has been a regular with the Surly Griffins Morris since it was formed 5 years ago and is now Foreman for the side. He has presented workshops for both Morris and Longsword at local festivals, including the National Folk Festival in 2016.

Yorkshire Longsword
Longsword is the archetypal linked sword dance of Yorkshire’s Northern Dales. Each village would have its own side and often its own dance, often adapted from the dance the foreman learned. Canberra’s Surly Griffins Morris have carried on this tradition, and this workshop will showcase our interpretation of the first figures of the dance from the town of North Skelton, in Teesdale.

Yorkshire Longsword
Sunday

Keith Wood

Keith has been calling dances for several years, usually in Contra and English Country styles, at regular dance workshops in Sydney. He also composes dances in these styles and in Australian and Scottish Country styles and has published two books of his dances so far. His dances have won dance writing competitions within Australia.

Pat Shaw Centenary
This year marks 100 years since the birth of Patrick Noel Shuldham-Shaw, a celebrated dance choreographer, researcher, and musician. Some of his dances are old favourites, such as Levi Jackson Rag, Margaret's Waltz, Walpole Cottage, and Waterfall Waltz. Come and discover some of his other dances, many to tunes he wrote for them.

Pat Shaw Centenary
Monday