1986 was a big year for South Australia as the state celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding.
Many events were held that year to celebrate this Sesqui (Jubilee) centenary.
The Prospect Council decided to hold a masquerade ball. Margaret Prideaux as a member of the organising committee, with many years of dance experience, offered to run Sunday workshops for people who would like to have some pre-ball experience. She contacted Maureen Morris and together they conducted five very productive afternoons.
The ball was a great success. So much so that participants wished to continue dancing in some way. With the enthusiasm Margaret and Maureen had gained through the experience of the workshops, it was decided to start a regular class.
On Tuesday May 27th of that year, the Australian Traditional and Bush Dance Society was founded. John Morris organised the constitution,a committee was formed and with the help of Marcia and Cliff Nissen, Bette and Keith Crouch and other workshop attendees, the group began classes at the Prospect Town Hall.