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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:31 am

Before the three major forms of modern dance—lap, table, and pole—came into being, Australia experimented with a multitude of wildly diverse dancing styles. Please enjoy this historical record of our grand dancing past.


Posted by Tim B. on 07/05/2006 at 10:02 PM
    1. lap, table, and pole

      , ahhhh, the three major dance styles.

      Posted by Nic on 2006 07 05 at 10:09 PM • permalink


    1. Where’s the frugging mashed potato?

      Personally I’m rather taken with the stomp.

      Posted by Habib on 2006 07 05 at 10:15 PM • permalink


    1. What, no Bump?

      I’ll have Windschuttle onto you, Blair

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 07 05 at 10:45 PM • permalink


    1. Ah, yes! Lap, table, and pole dancing.

      Believe it or not, I used to be a big benefactor of those particular arts, giving many dollars for their advancement!

      Posted by rinardman on 2006 07 05 at 10:55 PM • permalink


    1. One at a time.

      Posted by rinardman on 2006 07 05 at 10:57 PM • permalink


    1. God, what a choice: hula dancing or dune buggies.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 07 05 at 11:02 PM • permalink


    1. Xanadu!  Proof that cocaine wrecked Hollywood!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 07 05 at 11:10 PM • permalink


    1. No, no, no.  Its belly, lap and table.  Let’s leave the Poles out of it.  They are having enough problems as it is.

      Posted by Pat Patterson on 2006 07 05 at 11:11 PM • permalink


    1. We used to organise the hula dancing on the dune buggies.

      Posted by geoff on 2006 07 05 at 11:33 PM • permalink


    1. The evolution of dance video.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 07 05 at 11:44 PM • permalink


    1. This is by far my favorite conservative blog.  Jeff Goldstein is pretty funny too, but the Aussies have us beat hands down.

      “lap, table, and pole”

      Tears of laughter are ruining my keyboard.

      Posted by blogagog on 2006 07 05 at 11:58 PM • permalink


    1. Watch those cracks about Xanadu (Greek for roller disco) and my Olivia.  One of my favorite movies it is.

      Excellent photoessay, Mr. Blair.  Very Lileksian. (Or is he imitating you with his retro swimsuit collection?)

      Posted by reese on 2006 07 06 at 12:30 AM • permalink


    1. #6 Real Jeffs,
      In some countries thet don’t have that choice, the commissar gives you the hula hoop and you better love it, comrade! ( you wouldn’t get the dune buggy, unless you were a senior member of the Party.)

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 07 06 at 12:37 AM • permalink


    1. If you included horizontal folk dancing, you could use porn to boost the Bulletins circulation, just like Big Bogan– and you could defend it on cultural, aesthetic, and inclusion grounds.

      On no account however mention even in passing clog,morris or especially any of that twiddly-dee Michael Flatley poncing about, unless you want circulation to freefall like Fairfax.

      Posted by Habib on 2006 07 06 at 01:00 AM • permalink


    1. re #13, yet another reason to cherish a democratic and free society, eh, Daniel?  ;-P

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 07 06 at 01:02 AM • permalink


    1. Yes, where is bump and horzontal folk dancing – BigBogan – Habib, you are a hoot.

      Apparently morris dancing was a happening thing at the pub at Wooloongabba in about 1988-ish – but I’m not sure if they still do it.

      Found this on Morris Dancing… I am not sure of it’s veracity.

      Posted by kae on 2006 07 06 at 01:29 AM • permalink


    1. #15 Jeffs,
      “ You can have my dune buggy when you pry it from my cold, dead hands”. I’m pretty sure Thomas Jefferson said that.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 07 06 at 03:31 AM • permalink


    1. Damn Habib, you sucked me in.  I can’t tell you how much I hate folk dancing.  They even
      look alike in still pictures.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 07 06 at 04:31 AM • permalink


    1. Of course, no dance thread would be complete without an appearance from this sexy hoofer…

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 07 06 at 05:22 AM • permalink


    1. from Blackadder I:

      Messenger: My Lord…

      Edmund: Take that to Lord Chancellor, thank you. (Puts the order in the
      messenger’s hand then slams the door) Oh God, this is desperate!

      Percy: We could have the Morris dancers, My Lord.

      Edmund: Now look, we are not *that* desperate! Morris dancing is the
      most fatuous entertainment ever devised by man—forty
      effeminate blacksmiths waving bits of cloth they’ve just wiped their
      noses on… How it’s still going on in this day and age, I’ll never

      Percy: (confused) Sorry, so do you want them or not?

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 07 06 at 05:33 AM • permalink


    1. Dancing is a worldwide happening, well except for Islamists (and the only time I’ve seen them dance, is at a car swarm).

      No doubt, the horizontal waltz was in there, (is that a pun?) too.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 07 06 at 08:13 AM • permalink


    1. reese — sorry, man, but Xanadu, like Streets of Fire, is what I call a ‘three-line’ movie.  No there aren’t three memorable lines.  Everybody involved DID three lines before they tried to make it.  Michael Beck gives dialogue readings unknown outside of Godzilla voice-overs and not seen again until Lucas decided to voice-coach the actors personally in the latter SW flicks.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 07 06 at 09:39 AM • permalink


    1. #19–I cannot quite understand–they danced on radio broadcasts?

      This is going to puzzle me for the rest of the day.

      Posted by ushie on 2006 07 06 at 10:40 AM • permalink


    1. Great pic of the TV antenna.  The slinky model, but missing the tinfoil artificial arm that you have to prop up near it for best reception.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 07 06 at 02:14 PM • permalink


    1. That is Pauline Hanson in the last Photograph?

      Isn’t it?

      Posted by Isumbras on 2006 07 06 at 02:21 PM • permalink


    1. Picture 5 instantly transports me back to last Sunday, when the 4-year-old went to her first ballet exam. It was 8.00 AM, in a southern-hemisphere winter. Curiously virtually all the parents were dads.

      Posted by David Morgan on 2006 07 06 at 09:22 PM • permalink


    1. #23 ushie, you are correct. I think it was the punch line of the very first You Might Be a Redneck… joke.
      From the looks of Granny, I’d say she qualifies for the Got a Face for Radio category. Probably goes for her dancing as well.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 07 07 at 01:40 AM • permalink


    1. Jeez,[/img] ] Seb Coe still can’t dance.

      Posted by Pat Patterson on 2006 07 07 at 02:17 AM • permalink


    1. Never mind, can’t get link to work properly.

      Posted by Pat Patterson on 2006 07 07 at 02:19 AM • permalink


    1. Hey that’s my Mum

      Posted by MarshallD on 2006 07 07 at 02:28 AM • permalink


    1. Hey, it’s my birthday on the first of August, can I have a story written by you, on the Golden Ratio for my birthday present Tim?

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 07 08 at 12:52 AM • permalink


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