Bush Dance

Bush dances entertain people of all ages. They are bring together community and  family groups in an activity that they can do together.

The Paverty Bush Band is Canberra's longest running bush dance band.

Bush dance is the Australian version of country dance or contra-dance. It draws most on Irish, Scottish and English traditions ... but has influences from other sources.

People of all ages enjoy bush dancing ... and it works especially well for a group of people of varied ages. It's a format that has evolved over centuries for that specific purpose.

To see what a bush dance is like for people who have never done bush dances before, click here to see several examples (on Youtube) of people learning a dance then doing it.  

bush dancers at the woolshed
New year's eve bush dance at the Yarralumla Woolshed (2008)