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Dances

Dancing is to live music and/or CDs.
We hold regular Thursday Evening Dances, which usually have Lessons attached.
Dances are now usually at St Benedicts Hall, Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah, ACT (on residential access road).
Carpark entry is from residential access road, via roundabout, click on map.
Everyone is seated around the dance floor for our dancing.
On rare occasions St Benedicts Hall is unavailable. To check, contact any Club member.

Mixed dance programs suit all standards of social dancers.
Lessons teach Old Time & New Vogue & Modern Sequence Dances.
An experienced partner from the Club will assist beginners, if available.
Beginner's lessons usually go from 7pm to 7.30pm.
Normal dances go from 7.30pm to 10.00pm.
At 7.30pm on occasions we have a brief intermediate level refresher lesson.
Lessons are an opportunity to learn basic steps and dances, which leads to thorough
enjoyment of a very friendly Social Dance Club where you can practice your dancing
whilst maintaining your physical health.

Coming with a partner has its advantages, but is not essential.
Admission is $7 for non-members and includes tea, coffee and biscuits.


We give a few of our regular Thursday dances a miss during the busy Xmas / New Year period,
say roughly from mid December to mid January. Contact management for those details.


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Socials

Usually once a month 7.30pm to 11.30 on a Saturday.
Socials often have a theme, such as "Australiana", 'Black & White", etc.
It's nice to wear something appropriate and bring some table decoration fitting the theme.
Monthly there is a "Sunday Tea Dance" from 2 pm to 5 pm and very popular.
Everyone is seated in a spacious hall for our dancing.
Regular socials include communal suppers, which requires the bringing
of a plate of finger food goodies.
Socials are usually held at St Benedicts Hall.
Admission is $7 for non-members and includes tea,
coffee and biscuits.


Special events include an Annual BBQ Dance somewhere, noon to 4pm,
Shed Dances, Outings, Interclub visits, etc, etc, etc.
Pre Christmas we have a big popular Christmas Dinner Dance event, 6pm to midnight.
New Year's Eve we have an equally big and popular Social event, a thoroughly
enjoyable way to start any New Year among your dancing friends.
Admission to special events may be by pre-sold tickets only, usually if catering, etc is involved.


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Ball

The Great Hall Of Parliament House Canberra is the venue for our milestone events 
such as our Grand Silver Anniversary Ball in 2005.


We hold a gala Annual Anniversary Ball on the mid June long weekend each year.
Plus an After Ball next day after the ball, say 4pm to 9pm.

Admission strictly by pre-sold tickets only, because catering, etc is involved. 
Tickets go fast so always register your interest very early.


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History

Canberra Old Time Dance Club has been going strong since 1980. 
In fact Canberra Old Time Dance Club's 10th Anniversary Ball 
back in 1990 had been the first dance ever to be allowed in the 
Great Hall of the then New Parliament House in Canberra. In all, 
360 dancers from Australia near and far had attended that first great ball. 
One happy group of 65 Latown dancers had even arrived very stylish 
in a great Touring Coach. 

The Great Hall of Parliament House had also been the venue in the Year 2000, 
for our 20th Anniversary Ball, with 400 dancers partaking in those festivities. 
Same venue again in 2005 for our Grand Silver Anniversary Ball. 

Membership of 100++ has been maintained. Live music by various great 
Old Time Dance Bands have over the years added much magic to our 
great events, ie Delaineys re-named to Rose City from Wangaratta , 
Vintage Brass from Forbes, Ron's Rhythm Rascals from South Coast, 
Ed Kilo's from Victoria, the Sweet Sherry Stompers, Lindsey Marks, 
Arthur George and Darrel Gaukroger, all locals; plus our club also 
owns a fabulous electronic organ with BIG speakers. 

Much wicked frivolity has also been enjoyed over the years gone by 
and many an enduring partnership has evolved from dancing as well. 

The club has an absolutely enviable record of kind volunteers who have 
had management roles, set up and later put away equipment at each dance, 
decorated the hall for special events, taught lessons, organised special 
events, been on the committee to help with a-thousand-and-one little and 
not-so-little tasks, washed tablecloths, acted as MC, attended to 
technical matters, etc, and even invented new dances, ie the widely popular 
"Harmony Waltz" was created by our very own Mr Ron Prescott and our signature 
dance, the "St Eddies Blues" by our very own Dance Master Mr Brian Venables. 

Much outstanding and sustained effort by early members is 
fondly remembered and to see more click here
Early and life members (click) especially Jean & Arthur George,
Brian & Joy Venables, Brian Banfield, Duncan & Gwen Souter,
Bruce & Viv Radcliffe … all now life members.

No wonder one continuously feels a warmth of companionship on 
all Club occasions. At times members perform at Seniors Clubs, 
Retirement Villages, Nursing Homes, Festivals and Fetes etc. 
The Club's birthdays are celebrated with fabulous anniversary-cake 
ceremonies at annual balls. Personal birthdays are an opportunity 
to bring along one's own cake on any dance night and either share 
selectively among one's in-group only, or generously among all 
present in the dance hall. We pride ourselves on being a very 
friendly Club. 

Our Annual General Meeting is usually each September. 
Smoking is NOT permitted inside dance halls. 
And wait, there is more …
all this plus plus, for an Annual Membership Fee of some $10. 


There Are Many More Good Reasons To Join This Great Club.

This brief history composed for your pleasure from club literature by  Eugen


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