Guidelines for children, their parents and others
The Central Coast Bush Dance and Music
Association strives to make our Second Saturday bush dances as
enjoyable as possible for people of all ages and levels of ability.
The following guidelines have been framed to facilitate the
participation of good and considerate dancers of all ages.
Dance structure The
dance before supper is the "family" dance portion, with easier
dances, which accommodate novices and children. The dance after
supper is the portion for more accomplished dancers (including the
better child dancers), having a higher standard and stricter rules.
Dancers are asked to respect the Caller's advice about the
suitability of a particular dance for children and/or inexperienced
All children should be made aware that this is a dance for adults as
well as children and that they must be on their best behaviour, with
no yelling and no running.
No one is to be on the dance floor during dances unless they are
Children and non-dancing patrons should keep to, and walk around,
the edges of the hall. Children are not permitted to walk around
with drinks, as these may be dropped and make the floor sticky or
Dancing during musical
breaks Dancers should
be mindful of other patrons' need to access toilets and kitchen and
to socialise/move around during musical breaks
The committee reserves the right to remove dancers from the dance
floor and the dance!
Children should be accompanied and
supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
Children 9 and over may dance in the general dance. When dancing,
younger children should be paired with a consenting adult, except
where a children's set is formed.
"Children only" dance areas to be available at rear of hall and in
centre of circle dances and are open to children of all ages.
Children under 9 must be accompanied by their own parent or a
Simple Set dances, which involve
dancing with others No children 6 or under. Children over
6 must be with a consenting and competent partner.
Children over 6 may only dance a progressive dance where they are
confidently able to dance with any partner, including those they do
not know, with the exception of the Barn Dance, which is open to
Complex progressive and set dances
involving change of partners (eg Love 'em and Leave 'em) and many
Contra Dances No children under 9 and then only with an
experienced partner when the dance is taught, ie the Dancers’ dance
taught after being demonstrated.
(These guidelines are designed be flexible enough to accommodate
dancers of all ages and experience. If you have further suggestions,
feel free to put them to a committee member.)
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