Testimonials

                                              “Created new friends.”
“By learning the bush dances many of our students have overcome social fears, created new friends and picked up a few dance steps for future use, while smiling and concentrating on team work at school. We are so proud to share our dance event with the families!”
Sue Meeking, Performing Arts, Kyabram P-12 College, VIC

                         “A great spirit of inclusiveness and old fashioned togetherness!”
“What a wonderful atmosphere of families sharing in the fun together in a simple and lovely way. It was so special to see the Mums and Dads in particular dancing with their children. There was a great spirit of inclusiveness and old fashioned togetherness.”
Trish, Teacher, Osborne PS, Mt Martha, VIC (600 students)

                                   “The resounding feedback was”Fun!””
“You really gave us a day to remember – children and teachers are still talking about it and want you to come back again! I had forgotten how much fun it is to join in a bush dance, and thanks to your excellent leading, the parents all loved it too. By the look of all the smiles on their faces, the word will be getting around to those that missed out. After the workshops, the resounding feedback was “Fun!””
Mary Johnston, Performing Arts Specialist Teacher, Osborne PS, Mt Martha, VIC (600 students)

                                               “Great community feel!”
“A wonderful event that created a great community feel for parents, teachers and children!”
Trinity Catholic PS, Kemps Creek, NSW

                             “The biggest community turn out for a school event in many years!”
“I can’t believe it’s been 8 weeks since your visit – it was such a wonderful day and we were all thrilled with the community turn out for the evening family dance. Seeing our kids dancing with each other, their parents and grandparents was heart warming. Our principal commented at a post-event assembly that it was the biggest community turn out for a school event he’d seen at Falcon PS for many years.
Staff commented on the friendly and supportive way the older students interacted with the younger ones during the classes. You made it very welcoming and non-threatening for everyone to join in and follow the steps. It was a fabulous way to celebrate the community in which we live and bring everyone together. Thank you for your experience, time and energy. We wish you all the best and hope you get to return to our beautiful part of Australia one day.
Michelle Kelly, teacher, Falcon PS, WA

                                                                  “Totally engaging!”
“Thank you for a very successful bush dance afternoon and evening – an awesome event for our school community! Totally engaging and a great way for staff, students and parents to continue that journey of Relationship Building which is so vital in becoming that ‘Village to raise a Child’. Enjoy your travels as you continue to entertain and educate others.”
Brenton Taylor, Principal, Kerang PS, VIC 

                              “Lots of dancing and much easier than I had first thought!”
“The USANA Christmas party was a blast! An evening planned for just a few hours that stretched out much further than anticipated. Mick and Phil were great hosts and enjoyed the fun as much as we did. Lots of dancing and much easier than I had first thought! A great night had by all and fantastic customer service, thanks!”
Nikki Stockton, Customer Service Manager, Usana Australia, Sydney, NSW 

                                          “You guys absolutely rocked it!”
We were so impressed with The Billy Tea Bush Band – you guys absolutely rocked it! Fun, super talented and “proper Aussie”, you did an amazing job of holding and leading the crowd. The feedback from everyone was lovely and you were clearly the standout performance of the night – we loved every minute of it and can’t wait to have you back again!”
Melissa Lawson, Ceres Farm & Food Group Manager, VIC 

                             “Positive engagement…and all were involved.”
“Thanks again for a wonderful night! It was terrific to see the positive engagement of foster carers, children and staff at the dance. The Billy Tea Bush Band did a great job of pitching the entertainment at exactly the right level so that all were involved and created a truly fun event.”
Meg Jenkins, Team Leader, Anglicare Victoria, Melbourne, VIC        

                            “A great community event bringing everyone together.”
“We loved the workshops and the bush dance! Mick and Phil were so engaging with all the kids spanning from kinder to grade 6. Our bush dance was such a great community event bringing everyone together. It was so wonderful to see the parents dancing with the kids also! The music and dancing was both traditional and so up beat. Thanks Billy Tea Bush Band!”
Kate Dobson, Koroit and District Kindergarten, VIC (2 visits)

                                       “350 children engaged and happy!”
“Our children had a fantastic day learning, dancing and simply enjoying life! It is some achievement to have 350 children engaged and happy at one time, especially after a long week stuck indoors.”
Anna Schlooz, Performing Arts Coordinator, Our Lady Help of Christians PS, East Warnambool, VIC (2 visits)

                                            “A low cost, high impact incursion.”
“Thank you Michael and Phil for yet another fantastic twilight bush dance, which brought our Highton Primary community together in such a fun and entertaining way. It made such a relaxed and informal opportunity for teachers to mingle with parents, and for students to share their love of music and dance with their friends and family. It is one of the highlights of our year! The student workshops during the day were also well run and well priced. It is a low cost, high impact incursion, from foundation to grade 6, in the art of social bush dancing and music appreciation. Highly recommended!”
Rebecca Slaven, Music Coordinator, Highton PS, VIC (4 visits)

                   “The theme of acceptance and understanding was invaluable.”
“The Billy Tea Bush Band performed for our vibrant group of 75 international students at Melbourne University. Although some of the students were a little shy, the band quickly made our students comfortable, had us on our feet performing some classic bush dances and had them enjoying their surprise Australian cultural experience. Staff all agreed it was one of the highlights of our program, and particularly created a sense of community and camaraderie between the students, some of which had been in Australia for less than a month. This snapshot into Australian bush folklore, and the theme of acceptance and understanding was invaluable to them. Thank you for the terrific afternoon I had the pleasure of being involved in, and I highly recommend them to anyone, for the young or young at heart – we will certainly be using them again!”
Siobhan Tootell, School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne, VIC (5 visits)

                                                       “Ticked all the boxes.”
“After 30 years of teaching and attending 20 bush dances with taped and live music, Mick and Phil from the Billy Tea Bush Band did it better than I ever could have imagined! Watching over 350 children singing and dancing was just amazing, with all age groups catered for. There was no preparation required by the staff, the kids loved it and to see all the families being involved at the evening bush dance was amazing. The program covered the dance components from both the Creative Arts and the PDHPE curriculum and ticked all the boxes in regards to partner and group dancing and performance. There was even a free expression dance component in the combined concert session. The children were in mixed grade workshops, which was a triumph. The year five and six students dance with their buddies from kinder and year one, which kept them focussed. We will definitely book them again. Thank you for a wonderful day of fun and entertainment!”
Mary Clark, Deputy Principal, St Monica’s PS, Richmond, NSW 

                  “Seeing parents dancing with their children…was priceless.”
“Thanks Mick and Phil for a great day – it was a real highlight of the year with fantastic feed back from the parents. Running the workshops throughout the day set the scene for a most engaging evening. Seeing parents dancing with their children and having so much fun was priceless.”
Paul Hogan, Principal, Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish PS, Sunbury, VIC 

                                “A wave of good will that money can’t buy!”
“The Billy Tea Bush Band performed at our school giving us one of the best events in our history! It was marvellous to see students, parents and grand parents dance the night away with huge smiles and a wave of good will that money can’t buy. The men of The Billy Tea Bush Band wove their magic, showing how music and dance can bring a community together and strengthen bonds. In the days following that great night we’ve had many parents contact the school to tell us how much they enjoyed the night.”
Grant Heaton, Principal, Hastings Public School, Port Macquarie, NSW 

                    “A fantastic way to kick off the start of the school year.”
“We’d like to book the The Billy Tea Bush Band again in 2016! The students had a wonderful time learning the dances during the day and then teaching their parents in the evening. It was a great school community event and a fantastic way to kick off the start of the school year.”
Helen Matthews, teacher, Newhaven PS, VIC (2 visits)

                                               “One of the best incursions!”
“The Billy Tea Bush Band are one of the best incursions a school could ever have and tailor the day and evening to whatever your school requires. They made our 150th Anniversary celebration a magnificent success. Students, staff and parents are already asking when are we having them back at our school.”
Loren Peavey, Principal, Romsey Primary, VIC 

                                         “Children and adults with smiles on their faces.”
“The children had a wonderful time and Mick and Phil’s enthusiasm and entertainment were fantastic. I had both children and teachers telling me how much fun they had. The evening family bush dance was fabulous and it was wonderful to see the children and adults with smiles on their faces and happy to join in the fun. What an awesome way to end the day, and a social night not just for the children but parents too! Thanks so much – it was our school’s first bush dance in 20 years and I’m sure you will be visiting our school again to entertain and teach the kids the fantastic bush dances again.”
Jodie Versteegen, P&F Committee, Diamond Creek PS, VIC 

                                  “Built a sense of community within our school.”
“Through their songs and creatively adapted bush dances, The Billy Tea Bush Band provided a great insight into Australia’s history and culture, and the family night worked wonders to build a sense of community within our school.”
 Jason Walmsley, Principal, Charles Conder School, ACT (2 visits)

                                               “Great fun with lots of smiles.”
“You can’t help but enjoy a bush dance! It was great fun with lots of smiles, a great way to build community and for the parents to get to know one another.”
Sue Davis, Principal, Glengarry PS, VIC (3 visits)

                                          “The feed back has been amazing!”
“I just wanted to pass on a personal thank you for your workshops and evening entertainment at Kerang South this year. I could pick up (even in Hawaii!!) how much fun everyone had, and the feed back has been amazing! I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as everybody else obviously did!”
Jeannette Teasdale, teacher, Kerang South PS, VIC 

“Thanks again for an excellent evening’s entertainment. The kids (and adults) loved it! See you in two years!”
Rebecca McClay, Year 4 Team Leader, Donvale Christian College, Forest Edge CYC, VIC (2 visits)

                          “The kids…couldn’t wait to dance with their parents!”
“The Billy Tea bush dance was a highlight of our school year. The families, students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day’s workshops and the family bush dance. It was great to have Mick and Phil spend the day with us – the kids were well prepared for the evening dance and couldn’t wait to dance with their parents!”
Kristine Travers – Principal, Traralgon South PS, VIC (2 visits)

                                                “Smiles and laughter”
“We had a full school concert, followed by 4 workshops, which were a great success – the smiles and laughter coming from all students indicated that that everyone was really enjoying themselves. The Community Bush Dance brought together staff, parents, grandparents and students from all years. This was a fantastic event bringing the whole school community together for a night of entertainment and sharing!”
Phil Luke – Music Coordinator, Ocean Forest Lutheran School, Bunbury, WA

                                       “Connected us with the community.“
“I thought the incursion was fabulous – it was energetic, engaging and lots of fun.  I loved the way it connected us with the community, and I was amazed at how many people rolled up in such miserable weather. The fellas were easy to work with, and I loved the way they remained calm and positive throughout the day.  It was also great to see the cultural diversity of the participants and how they interacted confidently. A fabulous day and night!”
Helen - teacher, Cooinda PS, Bunbury, WA

                                                     “A great night!”
“I am still receiving positive feedback from the parents about the night. Thanks again for a great night – they want you back! See you soon”
Madonna Davitt, Principal, St Mary’s Catholic PS, Bundaberg, QLD (3 visits)

                                                         “Family fun!”
“What a wonderful evening of family fun and dancing. The enjoyment had by all was obvious by the huge smiles on their faces.”
Jeff, teacher, Cooinda PS, Bunbury, WA

                                         “Enhance their social development.”
“Our school has had the Billy Tea Bush Dance program for the last five years, as it is a great excuse for our school community to come together and have a great time. I teach dancing to the whole school as it supports the numeracy and literacy teaching at school, as dancing is all about pattern and the learning of patterns. The Billy Teas finish off a great term of dance with our students learning simple social skills that enhance their social development.”
Rett Aitken (Art/Music), Mooroopna Park PS, VIC (5 visits)

                                              “When’s the next one?!”
“We have had so much positive feedback from the bush dance. Kids and parents thoroughly enjoyed the school sessions and the bush dance. We had parents from our school community, who had invited friends along, asking when the next one will be!”
Adrian Bosker, Principal, Calvin Christian School, TAS (3 visits)

                       “A great way for parents to connect with their children!”
“Thank you Phil and Mick for a fantastic day of workshops and a fabulous evening of entertainment last night. I have had so much positive feedback from staff, parents and students. Everyone really enjoyed the evening and said that it was a great way for parents to connect with their children! Your organisation and professionalism was quite outstanding and I hope that you might find that you get more bookings down our way. I’ll be more than happy to recommend you!”
Maria Emery, Infant Co-ordinator, Henschke Catholic Primary School, NSW 

                                                    “A cherished memory”
“This was one of those events that will be a cherished memory of attending Yarrunga PS, providing an opportunity to develop the strong links between school and home that we all know are so important to a child’s learning and development. The students showed the dance skills they learnt during the day, and with the preps ably supported by their buddies ‘danced the night away!’ It was also great to see the parents, grandparents and friends join in.”
Karyn Forge, Principal, Yarrunga PS, Wangaratta, VIC (2 visits)

                                                            “A ball of a time!”
“Other schools have had ‘twilight days’, but not like Frankston Heights – because we had the phenomenal Billy Tea Bush Band! We all went to the hall for an hour enjoying the company of the band. Later at night we performed the bush dances for the parents, then everyone joined in. It turned out to be a huge success, and in the future it would be amazing to do it all again. Everyone enjoyed the evening and had a ball of a time!”
Alison Cross, Year 6 student, Frankston Heights PS, VIC (2 visits)

                           “Parents, teachers and students dancing side by side.”
“Mick and Phil, we have always been proud of our school because it has a real community feel. Your enthusiasm and energy fitted our school like a glove. The bush dance workshops and evening performance were so much fun, and had parents, teachers and students (young and old) dancing side by side and enjoying themselves immensely. There have been such positive comments from everyone involved. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you and hope to do it all again sometime.”
Tricia Hawkesworth, Year 5/6 teacher, Frankston Heights PS, VIC (2 visits)

                                  “One of those ‘memory making’ nights.“
“All the students loved it and thought that it was one of those “memory making” nights.  The day workshops were also really enjoyable for my kids who especially loved the buddy concept.”
Shannon, teacher, Cooinda PS, Bunbury, WA 

                                                     “A great community evening.”
“I had The Billy Tea Band this year and they did a fantastic job. They spend the day in your school teaching different bush dances, and then stay on for the evening to run a school community bush dance.  They run the whole show and get the kids to teach the dances to the parents.  It is a great community evening.  My P&C and school community absolutely loved it… hence we’re getting them back next year!  If you’re considering a bush dance you wont regret it – the staff can tick off dancing in their program, the kids have a great social time and learn some new skills and dances and the community comes together for a special event and also have fun!
Jacquie McAllum, Principal – Tweed Heads Public School, NSW (3 visits)

                                                      “All round success!”
“The kids had a wonderful time and staff were dressed up and involved – an all round success!”
Anne, Principal – Cooinda PS, Bunbury, WA

                                     “Catered for the special needs students.”
“I thought they were great!  The workshops were well organised and they even managed to cater for the special needs students.”
Kay – teacher, Cooinda PS, Bunbury, WA 

                      “A great way to bring the wider school community together.”
“The Bush Dance was fantastic, and was a great way to bring the whole school and the wider school community together. Everyone had fun and it was lovely to see the older students guiding the younger students, and to see mums, dads, grandparents, children and teachers dancing together. In my Pre-Primary/Kindy class the children had such a great time at the workshops that they convinced their parents to come to the evening dance- (I don’t think many of them were intending on coming.) We have been doing the “Horses in the Forest Dance” and the “Slow-mo Dance” in our classroom – and the children still love them!”
Lani – teacher, Cooinda PS, Bunbury, WA 

                                          “A great community event.”
“It was a fantastic incursion and a great community event. We had a really good turn out at night and they all had so much fun!”
Donna – teacher, Cooinda PS, Bunbury, WA 

                                                “They want you back!”
“I am still receiving positive feedback from the parents about the night. They want you back! Thanks again for a great night. See you again.”
Madonna Davitt, Principal – St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Bundaberg, QLD

                                                 “A wonderful experience!”
“Thanks again for a wonderful experience.
Staff, students and community thoroughly enjoyed your visit.”
Clare Pritchard, Principal – Bowning Primary School, NSW 

                                             “The kids had a fantastic time.”
“The kids had a fantastic time learning the skills required and were so well prepared for the bush dance that night. It was great to see them all out on the dance floor. They now know steps which I’m sure they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”
Mark, Principal – St Roberts Primary, Newtown, VIC

                       “Exciting and fun for young children and parents alike.”
“The Billy Tea Bush Band added a fun atmosphere to our bush dance by providing quality music that is exciting and fun for young children and parents alike.”
Kate, Teacher – Torquay Montessori, VIC (10 visits)

                                                                  “Fun!”
“We would like to book the program again for February 2012… the kids still talk about the fun they had this year.”
Ted Lease – Principal, Bunyip Primary School, VIC (4 visits)

                 “A wonderful and inventive way to include dance in our school.”
“We would just like to provide a little feedback on your school sessions and family bush dance. Jacqui was very pleased with the school sessions and enjoyed the way you organised the sessions. The family bush dance was wonderful. The parents who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved watching the children dance. Thank you for a wonderful and inventive way to include dance in our school.”
Susan Wright & Leonie McNair – Co-Principals,
The Launceston Preparatory School, Tasmania (2 visits)

      “A hassle free night with maximum enjoyment for children, staff and parents.”
“The bush dance made our annual picnic the success it was and there was certainly a great deal of feedback from the parents expressing how much they enjoyed the dance. Your workshops with the children before hand were professionally run, while staff were extremely impressed with the organization of the workshops and the great manner you both had with the children at Leopold from all grade levels. From a coordination point of view, I appreciated your ideas and your availability to organize the bush dance, which resulted in a hassle free night with maximum enjoyment for children, staff and parents. Leopold Primary School would be pleased to recommend The Billy Tea Bush Band to any prospective school or event organizer.”
Eric Stribley – Leopold Primary School, VIC