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Dance like a convict

May 8, 2020, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Stories of the past
Australia has a rich and vibrant tradition of dance.  The early convicts brought their own culture of dance when they were transported from the other side of the world.  The authorities needed to suppress the notion of convicts having a good time since the aim of punishment was to deter crime.  Convicts weren’t supposed to be having fun!  Until recently the story of convict culture has been largely hidden -  now it is revealed!

Celebrating our cultural heritage
Dance is a unique way to experience our cultural heritage.  Not only does it capture the stories of our past in a special form, it remembers and celebrates those stories in the present.  It brings a distinctive insight into why the culture of dance was important in the past and why it is still significant today.

Into the future
Modern science shows that dancing is, and will always be, a brilliant activity for the body and soul.  Our ancestors’ lives were enriched by having a happy, shared activity which everyone could join in.  Having a link to this aspect of our history will always be relevant.  It’s vital that we maintain a connection with our cultural heritage.

On offer at the event is:

  • A collection of dances known to be popular with early Australian convicts. 
  • All dances will be taught - no experience necessary.
  • No special costume is required.  Please wear flat, comfortable shoes.  No need to bring a partner.
  • Light refreshments provided after the dance.
  • Live music by Phillip's Dog, early colonial dance ensemble.

Plan Your Visit


30 Main Street, Samford Village, Queensland, 4520

Event Date and Time

Friday 8 May from 7.30 - 9.30pm


07 3289 4708


Event Cost

$4 per person