Wongawilli Colonial
Dance Club Inc.

PO Box 17,
Albion Park,
NSW, 2527
 

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Secretary
David De Santi
0409 57 1788

Wongawilli Colonial Dancers

 

The Wongawilli Colonial Dancers have been in existence since 1987 and with the band WONGAWILLI perform demonstrations of Australian colonial and bush dancing. The aim of the group is to preserve Australia's rich heritage of music and dancing.The routines are sequences of dances based on the various mainstream social dances from the bush and towns of this and last century and dances introduced in the Folk Revival of the 1950s.The visual effect of the costumed dancers combined with the live music from the band provide a very colourful and entertaining potrayal of Australian pioneering social life.

Performances

The dancers and band have been involved in the presentation of colonial and bush dances at many local events. In particular they have performed at the following major events:

  • Australia Day Celebrations, Sydney Botanic Gardens
  • Darling Harbour Maritime Festival
  • National Folk Festivals from 1988 to 2009
  • Australian Bush Music Festival, 1990 to 1992
  • Sydney Opera House Folklorika Festivals1988-1995
  • Illawarra Folk Festival since 1987
  • 1988 Bicentennial Exhibition and Pageant of Nations

Demonstrations

The dances are normally carried out in continous medleys of 3 or 4 dances with varying formations and musical tempo. The durations of each demonstration is between 4 to 8 minutes. Generally 8 to 16 dancers perform in each demonstration. The current repertoire of dances performed include

Quadrille formation dances (4 couples in a square set)

  • Alberts
  • Caledonians
  • National Quadrille
  • Speedy Quadrille
  • Santoys Quadrille
  • Eightsome Reel
  • Galop Quadrille
  • Prince Imperials Quadrille
  • Lancers Quadrille
  • La Parisienne
  • Polka Cotillion
  • Old Bush Barn Quadrille
  • The Triplet
  • Waltz Cotillion

Couples Dances

  • Berlin Schottische
  • Kruez Polka
  • Pride of Erin
  • Frangipani Waltz
  • Prince of Wales Schottische
  • Rocking Shottische
  • Varsoviana
  • Washington Post
  • Evening Three Step
  • Kings Waltz
  • Maxina
  • Princess Polka

Longways sets dances

  • Country Bumpkin
  • Haymakers Jig
  • Flying Pieman
  • Sandhurst Diggers
  • Double Sir Roger de Coverley

Circle Dances

  • Adelaide Race Day
  • Circle Waltz
  • Circassian Circle Pt 2
  • Jubilee Jig
  • Stockyards
  • Blackwattle Reel
  • Jacaranda Dance

Other formations

  • Chain Double Quadrille
  • The Tempest
  • Waltz Country Dance
  • Spanish Waltz
  • Bullockies Ball
  • Virginia Reel

 

 

 
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