Regency Dance Weekend 2022

8 – 9 October 2022
Dayboro, Queensland

Thank you to everyone who attended our weekend!

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Phillip’s Dog presents a weekend of English country and Regency dancing in the village of Dayboro. Join respected dance teachers, Kit and Heather Clarke as they lead two dance workshops and a Regency Ball celebrating Australia’s cultural heritage.

The Dayboro Community Hall is a rustic local heritage listed hall, located in the heart of picturesque Dayboro.  The hall is located close to shops and cafes.


Workshop 1: A Scottish Romance – “Heart of Midlothian” dances from 1822. Saturday 8 October. 1:30- 3:00pm.

3:00 – 6:00 Afternoon tea, decorating the hall, dressing for the ball.

Jane Austen Ball. Saturday 8 October.
Supper 6:00 – 7:00. Dancing 7:00 – 10:30

Workshop 2: Elephants Stairs – a collection of English country dances
Sunday 9 October. 10:30am – 12:00

Regency Picnic – an informal bring-your-own picnic in Roderick A Cruice Park, Dayboro.

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Workshop One

A Scottish Romance

Saturday 8 October
1:30- 3:00pm.

In 1822 King George visited Edinburgh, the first time in nearly two centuries that the reigning monarch ventured peacefully into Scotland. The event was celebrated with great pageantry masterminded by Sir Walter Scott whose inspired planning helped to reinvigorate Scottish culture. A highlight of the celebrations was a splendid ball where all in attendance enthusiastically dressed in their interpretation of the ancient Highland style, and thus the romance of the tartan was born.

Meanwhile in colonial Australia, Captain Piper had created his grand ballroom, cleverly designed in the shape of the St Andrew’s Cross, where fashionable balls included the dances inspired by Scott’s Ivanhoe and Rob Roy.

Join us for a workshop featuring The Heart of Mid-lothian, a collection of Sir Walter Scott dances – all will be taught and called, ensuring even the most retiring dancers will feel confident. Recordings by Màrtainn Skene (cello), Alastair Mcculloch (fiddle) and Andrew Forbes (piano).
$12.00 includes afternoon tea and cake.

The Ball

A celebration of Jane Austen and Australian Regency dances

Saturday 8 October
6:00 – 7:00pm light supper
7:00 – 10:30 dancing

Imagine yourself transported to the world of Jane Austen, to a splendid ballroom alight with elegant ladies and handsome gentlemen. Experience the dances popular in Jane’s day – the very same dances that were enjoyed in early colonial Australia. Live music by Phillip’s Dog, the only ensemble in the world specialising in early Australian colonial dance music.
$55 includes a delicious supper.

Workshop Two

Elephants Stairs

Sunday 9 October
10:00am-12:00 midday

Elephants Stairs is collection of English country dances that were first published in the late 17th century and early 18th century, reinterpreted for modern use by Andrew Shaw. Dances include The King’s Maggot, Jolly Company, and Harlequin in the Mud.  From the elegant through to the lively, all these dances will delight. Recorded music by Persons of Quality, one the world’s leading performers in this genre.
$12.00 includes morning tea and cake.


Weekend Ticket $70.00 (includes Ball and 2 workshops)

or individual tickets:
The Jane Austen Ball $55.00
Workshops $12.00 each

Buy online (2.2% surcharge) or contact us for Bank Transfer.

Tickets also available via Eventbrite.

Regency Picnic

Sunday 9th October. From midday….

Roderick A Cruice Park, Dayboro.

An informal bring-your-own picnic to celebrate our Regency Dance Weekend. There will be music and dancing!
Visit the historic Hay Cottage – a great place for history buffs as it was built in 1869 and displays original pieces from the era. It also has unique handmade gifts for that special person or an ideal Australian made gift for overseas visitors. And visit the famous Dayboro Bakery!

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