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Let the rhythm set you free

'Strictly Ballroom' is both a successful film and a popular musical. Both productions feature lots of fabulous dancing. As you watch this rehearsal for the musical, see if you can clap or tap along with the rhythm kept by the dancers. You can even try dancing along if you wish.

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Fashionista - Mambo, 2003: Surfie chic

This clip shows artist Robert Moore in his studio explaining to interviewer Lee Lin Chin how he began working for the surfwear company Mambo. As he talks, there is footage of him sketching cars and footage of Mambo designs, the Mambo work team and surfing. Surf music and a rhythmical music soundtrack accompany the visuals. ...

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Strictly Ballroom, 1992: Triumph

In this clip Scott and Fran triumph over the rigid rules of the Australian Dancing Federation with their electrifying performance of the paso doble. Although disqualified by the judges for failing to dance 'strictly ballroom' steps, they are inspired by the emotional support provided by Scott's father, Doug. His slow rhythmical ...

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Debutantes' ball in Canberra, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph of a debutantes' ball held at the Albert Hall in Canberra in 1956. The debutantes, wearing white gowns and long gloves and holding corsages, are dancing with their partners in rows in a square formation. A large crowd of guests, including the invited dignitaries, are watching. A live ...

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Postcard depicting Beryl Bruce in 'Socialist' fancy dress, 1913

This is a black-and-white postcard featuring a photograph of young Beryl ('Bobbie') Bruce dressed as 'The Socialist' newspaper at the Victorian Socialist Party's fancy dress ball in Melbourne in August 1913. Her dress features a copy of a page of the newspaper sewn onto the skirt, and a border near the hem with the words ...

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Giant blowfly model, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a model, measuring 41.5 cm x 37.5 cm, for a large inflatable blowfly that was designed by Reg Mombassa for use as a prop in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The shape of the blowfly, which has been cut from foamcore, has a hand-drawn image of the blowfly glued to its surface. The blowfly's ...

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Poster for Mambo

This is a colour promotional poster designed by Reg Mombassa in 1984 for the Mambo Graphics clothing company. The poster features a typical Australian suburban backyard in which can be seen a utility vehicle with caravan attached, a Hills hoist clothesline and a small house. A character wearing colourful Mambo shorts is ...

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Mambo T-shirt motif

This is a Mambo clothing company T-shirt motif from the 1980s, which features a Mambo mascot white dog on a black background. The design, by Richard Allan, was entitled 'Call of the wild'. The dog is looking back in surprise at musical notes that are emerging from its rear.

Teacher resource

Word phrases

This is a multilayered resource that focuses on how to learn and create percussion rhythms based on samba, using word phrases to create and recall rhythms. It includes three short video tutorials in which musician Chris Lewis demonstrates various rhythm techniques, and is supported by three learning activities and by teacher ...