Waltzing Matilda

NOTE: Waltzing Matilda is almost identical to a few other dances we do (just the sticking is different):

  • Donkey Riding
  • (Very) Young Collins

Waltzing Matilda

NOTE: In Waltzing Matilda, anyone that drops a stick buys a round for the team (in theory).

Tradition: Fieldtown

Music: Waltzing Matilda (mp3, slower)

Set: 6 dancers

Props: Sticks

Stepping: Double

Figures: Standard Fieldtown, each followed by a Chorus

  • Foot Up & Down
  • Half Gyp
  • Back to Back
  • Rounds


  • Sticking
  • Half Hey
  • Sticking
  • Half Hey

Sticking: D-D-F-B / D-D-Toss-B

Two Dibs (the first one leaning farther out of the set), followed by Forehand and Backhand clashes.

Repeat, replacing the Forehand clash by Tossing the stick straight away from one’s right shoulder and catching the partner’s stick in time to do a Backhand clash.


  • During the later part of the dance, musicians will stop playing during the sticking to allow the sticking to be even more clearly heard. (Keep sticking, but don’t sing yet.)
  • During the final sticking the dancers sing (“Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, you’ll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me”).
  • Final Half Hey at the end of the dance ends with a Caper Out.