Folk Dance

Folk dance encompasses dance traditions of the world, spanning geography and time. Inspired by such traditions, recreational folk dance is accessible and inclusive, celebrating at once the diversity and universality of the human experience. Life-long, life-enhancing, life-affirming, folk dancing is also the best fun on the planet!

Folk Dance New Zealand

Folk Dance New Zealand was set up in 1995 by folk dancers, for folk dancers, to get more folk dancing.

We aim to promote and support all types and functions of folk dancing by sharing information, resources and expertise.

Anyone can join – as a group or individually. Membership opens up the world of folk dance as it is experienced in New Zealand: connection, resources and support from folk who love to dance.

Join our folk dance whānau

For an annual subscription of $25, join Folk Dance New Zealand and receive updates about what’s on, networking advice and support, and much more! Sign up here.

Folk Dance and Covid

Folk dance and COVID are not exactly compatible. Groups throughout the motu make their own decisions about how, when, and whether to keep dancing during the pandemic and bearing in mind government regulations. FDNZ encourages dancing groups to respect the choices of their members. The uncertain times we are dancing through wont last forever.

Rather than any hard and fast rules, Folk Dance New Zealand recommends a risk-minimisation approach, keeping safety uppermost in mind.

If dancing indoors:
 * Ensure there is airflow
 * Limit numbers according to the government guidelines and size of venue
 * Consider a less vigorous repertoire and limited partner dancing, if at all
 * Make use of props – scarves in place of handholds, for example. Not to mitigate surface contamination so much as to help maintain distance between dancers.

Some venues will have vaccination mandates in place.
Whether dancing inside or out, follow usual public health measures: keep a record of attendees, provide hand washing or sanitising facilities and remind your dancers not to attend if they feel unwell or are waiting for a test result.

For these dances in circles or in chains revive the hope for a We and an appeased city,
where I am finding Us more alive in togetherness than ever before.

Laetitia Carton, translated from Le Grand Bal