Dance Callers for Bundanoon DanceFest 2023

These key contributors make the live music component possible. They liaise with the caller/ teachers to ascertain the music best suited to the workshop and then make it available in a downloadable PDF format for other musicians to access HERE.

Kira Dowling

Kira hails from Canberra and is certified to teach Scottish Country Dance by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. She is passionate about bringing the fun of SCD to a wider audience, and designs her workshops so that all come away with a feeling of achievement. She has taught once before at the Bundanoon DanceFest and is looking forward to being back again this year.

Scottish Country Dancing

Jim Williams

Jim has been sharing his knowledge of Bavarian dancing for over 20 years. Jim lived and learned the dancing of Bavaria for 10 years and has since  visited many times and attended dance festivals and brought back new dances.

Bavarian Dance

Katherine Tammaro

Ever since joining the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy in 2017, Katherine has been hooked on dancing and teaching dancing. She now runs Historic Dance Delights, a group which focusses on bringing history to life through dancing. Katherine teaches at weekly dance classes, monthly social balls, and historical festivals around Australia.

A Hop, Skip and a Jump Through Bordonian Dancing

Cathy Grylls

Cathy was brought up on bush music and dance, adding a healthy appreciation for many other styles and genres, even Morris dancing. Now with a little one in tow, there will always be a mix of complexity, to work the brain cells (or not!), so let's get ready to wiggle! [Did we mention toddler?]

Dances that start with B

Peter Foster

Peter Foster is based in Canberra. He has been calling and writing dances for over 30 years, mainly in the bush and contra style.

Bush dances written by Himself

Contra and Squares by Same Chap


Don Richmond

Since finding the Bush Music Club in 1982, Don has been dancing and teaching/calling at many different types of event. He has danced in Australian, Scottish and Irish display groups, called at dances/balls etc, and presented workshops at many festivals. He has been a regular contributor to the dance weekend here.

Cotton on to Reels
Heather Rowe

Heather grew up in Sydney and settled in the Southern Highlands NSW in her late teens where she took up Line Dancing and has been dancing ever since. She began teaching, choreographing and calling line dances over twenty years ago and recently started up Highlands Step Savvy Line Dancing business so she can share her passion for Line Dancing with others.

Paul & Leslie Carr

Paul and Leslie have been dancing Irish Sets since 2007. They run a successful display group, Set In Their Ways, in Canberra. They are in demand as teachers at festivals around Australia and have run workshops at the National Folk Festival, Irish and Celtic Music Festival in Yass, The Turning Wave Festival, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, Majors Creek Festival, Trentham Set Dancing Weekend, Comhaltas Melbourne Set Dancing Weekend, and of course Bundanoon DanceFest. Paul has choreographed a number of his own sets, with help from the Set In Their Ways dancers. Three of these sets have been published in the excellent series of books on Set Dancing written by Pat Murphy. These dances have been taught and displayed in Ireland, Europe and Australia.

The Ceili Set

David Potter

David has been calling and teaching folk dance for 35 years and now specialises in English Country Dance and Australian Dance. His recent engagements include A Regency Affair at Exeter Village, and the Saturday night English Country ball at the 2023 National Folk Festival.

The Courtly Brawl

Love em and Leave em – Australian Progressive Dances

Keith Wood

Keith Wood has been calling dances for several years, usually in Contra and English Country styles, at regular dance workshops in Sydney. He also composes dances in these styles and in Australian and Scottish Country styles and has published four books of his dances so far.

Contra Curiosities


Australian Stories

Madis & Tiina Alvre

Based in Sydney, as members of Estonian and Swedish folk dance groups, Madis and Tiina have performed at folkloric and multicultural festivals in Australia and Europe. They have instructed Estonian and Nordic folk dance for performances, and led folk and social dance workshops at the National and Kangaroo Valley Folk Festivals and at Bundanoon DanceFest

Nordic Folk and Social Dance Workshop

Norm Ellis

Norm began dancing during the 'hey-day' of the Bush Bands in the '70s. A past leader of Melbourne's Colonial Dancers, co-founder of the TSDAV, Norm still enjoys dancing, calling and teaching, occasionally devising a new dance, and adapting dances to suit the occasion.
Norm regularly teaches seniors through a U3A class: "Dancing the Years Away".

Beyond the Black Stump

Margaret & Bill Winnett

Margaret and Bill Winnett have danced together since 1965, Margaret having been an Irish solo step dancer since 1957. They both lead and teach the Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers and since 1989 have made around 27 trips to Ireland to research and dance with the locals.

Irish Dancing with the Winnetts

Arthur Kingsland

Arthur teaches a wide variety of dance genres both modern & traditional, including Australian Contemporary and Colonial, Irish Set dancing, English Country, Scottish Country and American Contra dancing.

He is “notorious” for interesting variations and challenging dances, and writing challenging dances in a similar vein.

Contemporary English Country Dance



Colin Towns

Colin and June have been regulars at Bundanoon since its inception, and Colin since its conception.  Always with a commitment to learning with laughter, they will whisk you through dances, technique and style with an energy that belies their combined 100+ years of dance experience.

Colin will focus on 1650 and interpretations of Playford and the role of Cecil Sharp.


Playing with Playford

Being as the other English is more contemporary, I’ll focus on 1650 and interpretations of Playford and Cecil Sharp.

Updated 2/5/24