The Colonial Dance scene of which we are part is quite vibrant. We run a program of regular dance nights, and balls. For details of each part of the program, follow the link below.

Classes, and Live Music Nights, now in Deepdene on Wednesday nights.

Your first Wednesday dance night with us is FREE.

Weekly dance and Live Music nights at Deepdene


3rd Thursday Dance Nights in Ashburton. Third Thursday of the month beginning on Thursday 17 February 2022.

Monthly Third Thursday Dance at Ashburton
Two balls each year Themed Winter Ball in June
Summer/Christmas Ball in November
National Folk Festival -
We have regularly run dances, balls, and classes for heritage dancing at this annual festival in Canberra.
A Dance Display Group that promotes Australian heritage dancing in the community. Melbourne Collonial Dancers Band Melbourne Colonial Dancers Band our group of musicians who play for our monthly Live Music Nights, some balls, and other gigs.

As well as the functions organized by the Melbourne Colonial Dancers, there are several other balls held, in Melbourne each year, that are put on by similar organizations. Information about such functions can be found through the Links page.

Folk Festivals are held throughout the country all throughout the year and Colonial dancing does feature at some of these festivals. The annual folk festival at Nariel (in North-Eastern Victoria) that begins soon after Christmas and continues into the New Year, is an example.

The National Folk festival is held each year at Easter time in Canberra. There is at least one Colonial Ball at this festival. Many people in the Colonial dance scene do go to these festivals. They know that plenty of their friends will be there when they arrive. One of the most valuable aspects of Colonial dancing is in the camaraderie. All ages are welcome!

"...it is the set dances that makes
meeting others so effortless,
and there is nothing like...couples
dances for making friends..."


Created 5 June 2012 : Last updated May 2022