Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau
Several ethnic societies have dance groups, including the Danes, the Dutch, and the Dalmatian Cultural Society. Some of these welcome visitors to dance with them on certain evenings.
Ruritanian International Folk Dance Club
This club holds occasional parties and workshops, and each August the big Winter Warm-Up and a same-day workshop. There are several associated specialist groups.
What: International Folk Dance
Where: Rae’s loft, 24a Dell Ave, Remuera
When: Monday & Friday, 9.30-12 noon
Contact: Rae Storey, ph 09 524-9504, email@example.com
Website link: www.ruritanians.folkdance.nz
What: French Performance Group (no recreational class)
Contact: Rae Storey, 09 524-9504, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy International Dance Group
What: International Folk Dance
Where: St John Ambulance Hall, 590 Pakuranga Rd, Highland Park
When: Friday, 1.30-4.00pm
Contact: Cherie Zeng, ph 09 537-1568 or 027 5774 168, email email@example.com
City of Auckland Morris Dancers
What: Morris Dancing
Where: Mount Albert Presbytarian Church, 14 Mt Albert Rd, Mt Albert
When: Thursday, 7.30pm
Contact: Andy Smith, ph 09 361-2133, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Website link: www.aucklandmorris.org.nz
All welcome – dancers and musicians!
What: European Dance from Past Centuries
Where: St John the Baptist Anglican Church Hall, 47 Church St, Northcote.
When: Fourth Friday of the Month, 7.30pm
Contact: Karen Vernon, email email@example.com
English Country Dance
What: English Country Dance
Where: St John the Baptist Anglican Church Hall, 47 Church St, Northcote
When: Second Friday of the Month, 7.30pm
Contact: Beth Harris, 09 445-9386, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Website link: englishcountrydance.org.nz
Folklore Chileno Latino
What: Instructions & practice lessons for traditional folk dances from South America / Latin America
Contact: Ana-Maria, ph 09 636-6771, text 021 156-8020, email email@example.com
International Folk Dance
What: International Folk Dance
When: Saturday, 10-12 noon, 2-3 times per month
Contact: Gwen Mann, ph 09 575-1985, 027 380-7600, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ma’ayan Israeli Dance Group
What: Israeli dance (slow pace)
Where: Beth Shalom, 180 Manukau Rd, Epsom
When: Tuesdays, 7-8.30pm (slow pace); Wednesdays 7-9pm (faster pace)
Contact: Marta Cullen, 021 898-345, email email@example.com (slow pace); Jennifer Gottschalk, 09 280-4330 email firstname.lastname@example.org (faster pace)
Contact Derek & Louise Williams, ph 09 837-4396, email email@example.com
When: Thursdays, 7.30pm
Where: St Stephen’s Church Hall, 2 Mahoe St, Melville, Hamilton
What: Weekly dance classes in traditional, folk, historical and vintage dance – themed courses and classes.
Contact: Fiona Murdoch, 07 856-8324, 022 340 7865, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook: DanceFolkus
Cost: course fee payable in advance, visitors welcome by arrangement.
Wellington / Te Whanganui a Tara
When: Occasional sessions – contact for session times
Where: Aro Valley Community Centre
What: Traditional and some modern folk dances from many countries, taught by group members.
Contact: Michele Dickson, 04 972-2350, email email@example.com or Liora Noy, 021 355 041 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $5 per session
Balfolk is a popular dance movement that has re-invented traditional European social dance forms and music as a vibrant dance experience. The emphasis is on social dance rather than performance, full of fun interactions leaving plenty of room for variations.
Fortnightly on Fridays, 6.30-8.00pm @ Full Swing
email email@example.com or follow at http://www.facebook.com/balfolkwellington
Victoria University Folk Club
What: Vicfolk is a student-led club that hosts a range of lively events, including ceilidhs every few months. We welcome collaborative suggestions from anyone interested in putting on participatory folk music events.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, website http://www.vicfolkmusic.wordpress.com
Dance communities in Wellington
Bulgarian: Bulgarian Society Horo promotes, preserves and fosters Bulgarian culture, including dance, see http://www.facebook.com/horo.wellington
Mexican: free folkloric dance workshop at the embassy of Mexico, dates and times tbc, see http://www.facebook.com/DanzamitierraNZ
Contra dance: occasional dances on a Saturday, see Contra Dance Wellington or contact Mark, 04 299-1136
Polish: The Lublin Dance Company, contact Leszek Lendnal, ph 021 383-958 or email email@example.com
Scottish: Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Dunedin / Ōtākou
Folk Dancing for Fun
When: Fridays, 10-11.30am
Where: Baptist Church Hall, 170 North Road, North East Valley, Dunedin
What: Recreational folk dance.
Contact: Yvonne Reid, ph 03 455-2406 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dunedin Contra Dance Group
When: Mondays, 7.30pm
Where: 50 Dundas Street, Dunedin
What: American Contra Dance
Contact: Bernadette Berry, ph 021 139-8229, email email@example.com
Athena Greek Dance
Where: Gate Pa School Hall, 900 Cameron Road, Tauranga
What: Recreational Greek Dance.
Contact: Gabrielle Johnston, ph 07 543-3229 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gisborne / Tūranga & Hawke’s Bay
Good Folk: Dances from Planet Earth
Meets once a month on a Saturday evening for an eclectic mix of community dancing from Planet Earth, followed by potluck supper. No partners, experience or skill required. See f/b for next date.
St Andrews Church Hall, by PaknSave, Gisborne
Jane Luiten, 022 1268-770 email email@example.com
$5 at the door, plus plate for supper.
Cosy Folk: recreational folk dance workshops.
Old Plunket Building, 173 Palmerston Rd (by Peel St bridge).
Saturday afternoons, check with Jane first
$5 at the door
A simple dance form drawing on folk and modern dance sequences created to classical music. Dances can be energetic or meditative. No partner needed.
Where: St Francis Church, Beach Road, Haumoana, Hawkes Bay
When: 1st Wednesday of the month, February to November, 7.30-9pm.
Contact: Margaret Gwynn, 06 835-2122
Cost: gold coin.
International Folk Dance Hawkes Bay
The International Dancing Group run a weekly class for recreation.
What: Easy dances from International and Israeli dance repertoires.
Where: Clive Community Hall, 162 Main Road.What: .
Where: Thursday (school terms) 10am – midday.
Cost: $5 casual.
Contact: Co-ordinator, Kay Arnold 027-289-2533 or (06) 878-9953.
New Plymouth / Ngāmotu
What: Troika International Dance Group runs beginners’ classes from time to time.
Contact: Leonard or Corry Krook email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Fridays, 7.30-9.30pm
Where: Somerfield Hall, Studholme Street, Christchurch
What: Dancing from a variety of countries, especially those from the Balkan region.
Contact: Katy and Alastair 03 357-9322, email@example.com, website farandol.folkdance.nz
When: first Saturday of each month, Fridays, 7.30-9.30pm
Where: Addington School Hall
What: American folk dance, no experience needed, no partners needed. All dances taught. Easy and lots of fun.
Contact: Bill Baritompa, 03 328-8985, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website chrischurch.contradance.nz
Canterbury Historical Dance
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7-8.30pm, March-November
What: Recreated social dancing from throughout history. From the robust branles of the Renaisssance to the vivacious quadrilles of the Victorian grand balls – no matter what we dance, we do it for fun! No experience necessary.
Contact: Miriam Bugler, email@example.com
Nor’west Arch Morris Dancers
When: Thursdays 7.45 – 9pm (no practises in January and July)
Where: Waimairi Community Hall 166 Waimairi Rd Ilam Christchurch
What: We are a Christchurch (NZ) based morris dancing side focusing on dances from the North West of England and the English/Welsh border region. We are a mixed side who practice weekly in preparation for performances at various venues in Christchurch and the Canterbury Region.
Contact: Graham 021 069 5066 or Eileen 021 045 2896 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, NWAmorris on Facebook.