Sunday, 29 March 2020

From the Archives - Social Dance at 2011 National Folk Festival

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Fitzroy Pavilion: new major dance venue. There have been many exciting recent developments in Australian social dance. The National Folk Festival in Canberra is approaching and we are all looking forward to four full days of dancing at Easter. Thanks in part to our submissions to festival management we will have a big new venue, the Fitzroy Pavilion, to call our own. It will be the focus for the main dances such as the Colonial Ball that had to be held off-site last year. None of it would have happened without the support of dancers, dance musicians and folk festival supporters of all kinds who raised over $20,000 for a new dance floor. It wouldn’t have happened either without the commitment of festival management and the new General Manager, Sebastian Flynn.

Parade and display at Easter. To celebrate the formation of our Federation at last year’s festival, and the subsequent achievement of suitable dance venues at the National Festival, our Queensland representative, Jan Orloff, has organised a parade and display. Dancers will assemble at the Fitzroy Pavilion for a parade to the Piazza, to be followed by a demonstration there of the diversity of social dance in Australia.

Decorating Fitzroy. We also want to show our pride in having Fitzroy as the main dance venue by putting our stamp on it. We are assembling as many dance group and dance band banners as we can to decorate the hall and show newcomers what a wide range of groups are involved. In addition, the festival site managers will be providing a notice board and table for displaying promotional material for your dance group. We want to make it as easy as possible for the large number of people who are not dancers but are interested in social dance to connect with a group in their home town.
 
 https://asdnwordpresscom.wordpress.com/news-archive/ March 2011 edition 

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