The Paverty Bush Band is Canberra's, and probably one of Australia's, longest running and premier bush dance bands
Bush dances entertain people of all ages. They are bring together community and family groups in an activity that they can do together.
Bush dancing is Australia's version of country dance or contra-dance. It draws mostly on the anglo-celtic traditions but as it has developed it has become more eclectic and diverse and draws on influences from other sources including Cape Breton, Cajun, old-time string band, bluegrass, blues and even ragtime and jazz. Modern dances, such as the Macarena and Nutbush City Limits can also be done to bush music songs.
People of all ages enjoy bush dancing ... and it works especially well for a group of people of varied ages and experience levels. It's a format that has evolved over centuries and serves the purpose of bringing together communities.
If you've not been to a bush dance, click here to see Youtube clips of people learning a dance then doing it. Look closely - they are smiling!
A bush dance is a terrific event for sports clubs for either the opening or the end of the season, social clubs, corporate functions, charity fundraisers, cross-cultural experiences, significant birthdays, family reunions, street parties or for no reason than getting your friends and community together for a great time.
Comprehensive photo album of a typical bush dance event: ANU Mountaineering Club
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