About bush dancing

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 most on Irish, Scottish and English traditions ... but has influences from other sources.

Woolshed
Paverty at the Woolshed

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 for that specific purpose.

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! 

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ANU Mountaineering Club 50th Anniversary at Sutton 2017   (photo: Gareth Quirke)
bush dancers at the woolshed
New year's eve bush dance at the Yarralumla Woolshed (2008)

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.

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Outdoor bush dance O'Connor Cooperative School
Chicken Dance Hokey Pokey
For the kiddies, Paverty do the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey    
(photo James Storr)

Comprehensive photo album of a typical bush dance event: ANU Mountaineering Club

For inquiries and bookings, click here

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