Classes & Groups

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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, raestorey36@gmail.com
Website link: www.ruritanians.folkdance.nz
What: French Performance Group (no recreational class)
Contact: Rae Storey, 09 524-9504, raestorey36@gmail.com

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 joy.international.dance.group@gmail.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 ixonr8@icloud.com
Website link: www.aucklandmorris.org.nz

All welcome – dancers and musicians!

Early Dance

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 karen@plantagenet.co.nz
Cost: $5

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 bethjh07@gmail.com
Cost: $4
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 folklorchilenolatino@gmail.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 gwenmann@xtra.co.nz

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 marta.cullen@gmail.com (slow pace); Jennifer Gottschalk, 09 280-4330 email jennygo@complus.co.nz (faster pace)

Welsh Dance

Contact Derek & Louise Williams, ph 09 837-4396, email louseawil@gmail.com

Waikato

Dance Folkus

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 dancefolkus@slingshot.co.nz, Facebook: DanceFolkus
Cost: course fee payable in advance, visitors welcome by arrangement.

Wellington / Te Whanganui a Tara

World Dance

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 micheledickson21@gmail.com or Liora Noy, 021 355 041 email lioranoy@gmail.com
Cost: $5 per session

BalFolk with Rosa and Joana

What: 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.
When: Fridays 6:30- 8:00pm

Go to www.humandance.co.nz to register.

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: vicfolkmusic@gmail.com, 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

Israeli: group meets Mondays, see groups page at macholpacifica.org.nz, or contact widgdance@gmail.com or 021 102-9834

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 leszek.lendnal@gmail.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 stureid1@yahoo.co.nz

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 bernadette.berry@gmail.com

Tauranga

Athena Greek Dance

Where: Gate Pa School Hall, 900 Cameron Road, Tauranga
What: Recreational Greek Dance.
Contact: Gabrielle Johnston, ph 07 543-3229 email gabemail2@gmail.com

Gisborne / Tūranga & Hawkes 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 j.luiten@xtra.co.nz
$5 at the door, plus plate for supper.

Cosy Folk: recreational folk dance workshops.
Old Plunket Building, 173 Palmerston Rd (by Peel St bridge).
Thursdays, 7-8.30pm, check with Jane first
$5 at the door

Circle Dancing

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

What: dance from around the world.
Where: Thursday morning
Contact: Cleone Cawood phone (06)877-5060, ccawood@xtra.co.nz

Taranaki

New Plymouth / Ngāmotu

What: Troika International Dance Group runs beginners’ classes from time to time.
Contact: Leonard or Corry Krook email: leonardkrook@hotmail.co.nz

Christchurch

Farandol Folkdancers

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, info@farandol.folkdance.nz, website farandol.folkdance.nz
Cost: $2

Contra Dance

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 bill.baritompa@gmail.com, website chrischurch.contradance.nz
Cost: $5-$10

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, canterburyhistoricaldance@gmail.com
Cost: $5

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 norwest.arch@gmail.com, NWAmorris on Facebook.