This is the seventh book in the multi volume Aspects of the History of Irish Dancing Series, which covers the history and development of Irish dance, published 2006 , based on earlier material which was compiled in this larger edition .
As the title suggests, Irish dancing is not a new dance form in Australia and has a long and involved history. Dr John Cullinane investigates the origins and evolution of Irish dancing in Australia, delving into his own achive collection which includes letters,programs, rule books as well as audio and video recordings to piece together the history of Irish dance in Australia. He also draws on newspapers of the period to offer a fuller and vibrant narrative, identifying important teachers, adjudicators and contributors to Irish dance development here.
The book is comprised of two parts, his own investigation into Irish dance in Australia and the work of Leo Moloney, who looks at Irish dancing in Queensland.
The book has a comprehensive appendix for those interested in taking their knowledge to a deeper level as well as numerous black and white photographs from the early days of Irish dance in Australia.
Table of Contents
Origins of Irish dancing in Australia
Irish Dancing in South Australia
Irish Dancing in Melbourne
Irish Dancing in Sydney, NSW
Irish Dancing in Queensland
Darwin to Hobart (Tasmania)
Violins, accordions and bagpipes for Irish dancing
An Coimisiún Exams
History of the Irish Dance Commission
Irish Dancing in Queensland by Leo Moloney