Welcome to Folk Dancing in Canberra
|Introduction||Featured Region: Brittany|
|Dance Glossary||Folk Dancing in the ACT|
|Dance Humour||Breton Fairy Tales & Recipes|
|Dance Links||Photo Gallery|
|Dance Etiquette||Special Date of Cultural Interest|
Folk Dancing is excellent for pleasurable fitness and a friendly sociable atmosphere. International Folk Dancing is very family oriented. Anyone from 5 to 90+ years of age can (and do!) participate and enjoy themselves.
Canberra is Australia's National Capital, located about 300 km southwest of Sydney and about 100 km inland from the east coast. It is a very beautiful city of approximately 300,000 people, with lots of bush and parks surrounding it and a large lake at its centre. We have a temperate climate with hot summers and frosts in winter. This means lots of blossoms and flowering bulbs in spring and gloriously coloured leaves on the trees in autumn. One of our main festivals is Floriade, which is held during September/October. There are spectacular displays of flowers and lots of accompanying artistic events. Canberra also hosts the National Folk Festival which runs for five days over Easter, every year. Approximately 40,000 people attend.
We will be regularly featuring a region or country. We will
have dance descriptions, cultural background, hopefully some music and recipes too. Our first region is Brittany.
This section is devoted to special dates of cultural interest. It will be changed often. (Currently removed - sorry...)
Are you addicted to Folk Dance? Follow this link to take the Dance-aholic Test :-)
Attributed to Dick Crum, a folk dance teacher:
- Beginning dancer: Knows nothing.
- Intermediate dancer: Knows everything, too good to dance with
- Hotshot dancer: Too good to dance with anyone.
- Advanced dancer: Dances everything, especially with beginners.
In Michigan, a few years ago, there was a Bulgarian Folk Music Ensemble with the name "A Little Bitov Heaven"! (Bitov is the name for a group of Bulgarian folk musicians.)
Women have to do everything a man does but backwards and in high heels! -Ginger Rogers
(Q) Why did God invent Line Dancing?
(A) So the Morris Dancers would have something to laugh at.
Our Dance Glossary is a "FIRST EVER"
on the web!!
THIS SITE IS UNDER CONTINUAL CONSTRUCTION. PLEASE COME BACK SOON TO VIEW CHANGES AND ADDITIONS! HELPFUL COMMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM VERY WELCOME.
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