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 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 !

link to Valentines Day dances - click here

2017 Dance Comp ~ call for entries   &   flyer ~ entries by 1st March please !

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Next Events -     Sat. 25th Feb. 2017

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, & take a trip back in time to DOGPATCH U.S.A. ~ on Sat. 25th Feb. 2017 ~

at our Sadie Hawkins Hoedown !

Daisy Mae chasing Li'l Abner

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Sadie Hawkins Day Hoedown

Who is Sadie Hawkins ???

Find out, & take a trip back in time to DOGPATCH U.S.A. ~~~ Sat. 25th Feb. 2017 ~~~

at our next TSDAV Social dance !

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

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Sunday 5th March, 2 - 5 pm 

TSDAV Dance Workshops ~ Dancing at the 11th Hour





~ some possibly not familiar "Dances for Dancers" ~

& a "Joie de Vivre" for good measure !

Dances for Dancers & Dances with a Difference' 

@ The Eleventh Hour Theatre Hall,

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

All dancers are welcome                    Inquiries: Norm Ellis   9888 5332.

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Recent Events:

We have just Celebrated our 22th Year of Spring Dance Weekends @ Portarlington.

AND WHAT A "CRACKER" OF A WEEKEND IT WAS !!!

 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                           

Foreshore Community Hall, Portarlington     1.5 hrs drive SW of Melbourne, past Geelong, Melways 239 F2

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

    George & Jane 'Celebrate Guy's Ignoble End' - in dance, ably supported by Delia's Friends providing the music

Maggie Duncan will give us the 'run-around' with Appalachian Circles (& Squares)

New to Melbourne - Balkan Dances with Ray Marnham & Debby King (Adelaide)

Another new face in Melbourne - Arthur Kingsland's workshop will set us "Novocastrian Challenges" (guess where he's from then !)

Contra Dance, with the ever popular Jeanette Mill (Canberra)

Melbourne's own, Richard & Kirsty would have us believe that "Morris Men DON'T come from Mars"

an exploration of the interconnectedness of Morris & English Country Dance

PLUS      a Contra Music workshop, & Contra Callers Forum

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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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REGULAR EVENT   ~

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.

COME AND TRY THEM OUT !

~ 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.

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ADVANCE NOTICE   ~~~

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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".


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

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