Global Dance Rally for Ukraine

May – June, 2022
Please take the time to look at all the links below about a Global Dance Rally organized by Ira
Weisburd and supported by the Line Dance Foundation (both of USA).
The suggestion is that all folk dancers, from all genres, learn the same Ukrainian dance and then post it to Facebook. There is also an opportunity to donate any funds raised (see details link).

For details about the event:

For Prayer for Ukraine (Music Video)

For Tutorial Video: PRAYER FOR UKRAINE
For Facebook Event Link

It would be wonderful to see videos from groups in Aotearoa.

Weekend Workshop of Folk Dance from Finland and England/USA

Sat-Sun, 13-14 August 2022
Danish House, 6 Rockridge Ave Penrose

FDNZ members $40; Non-members $60

Folk Dances of Finland: Finnish folk dance draws from a diverse European dance heritage: better preserved in this remote corner of the continent than anywhere else. Marja-Liisa Philbert and Minna Vuorinen share their beloved dances of Finland with us.

Movers & Shakers: A fresh approach to English Country Dancing from North America.

North Americans have long embraced English Country Dancing, with clubs widespread throughout the country. Here, the traditional dances since the seventeenth century are kept alive, as well as many recently written dances in the historic English style.

Beth Harris is one of the co-leaders of the English Country Dance Group in Auckland.

Regular Events

Hillsborough Céilidh

When: Last Friday of the Month, 7.30pm
Where: St Davids in the Field, 202 Hillsborough Rd, Mt Roskill, Auckland
Contact: Anne-Marie Forsyth

Waipapa Céilidh

When: First Friday of the Month, 7.00pm
Where: Waipapa Hall, Loop Rd, Waipapa (just outside Kerikeri), Bay of Islands
What: céilidh – the traditional social dance of Ireland and Scotland

Past Events

Bulgarian Zoom Workshop


Live Stream: Sunday 3rd April, 2022, 3pm – 5pm AEDT / 5pm – 7pm NZDT

Gergana graduated in ethnography, dance pedagogy and choreography in Bulgaria as well as Laban notation, communication sciences and philosophy in Germany. She received her D.Sc on intercultural nonverbal communication between Eastern and Western Europe and has published many articles and two books.

As a young person, Gergana danced as a soloist with the National Ensemble of Bulgaria, ‘Philip Koutev’. She then devoted herself to folk dance research as a professor at the Bulgarian Academy of Science. Today she teaches at the Folkwang University in Essen, Germany and has given over 300 workshops in Bulgarian dances on four continents.

Register by 1st April – free for individual Folk Dance Australia members – you are invited to join us by paying an annual membership fee of AUD$25, or the discounted price of $15 for those under 21 – which will take you up to 31st December 2021.

Download the brochure here for full details on how to join.

Winter Warm Up, Auckland

When: Saturday 14 August, from 5.45pm
Where: 6 Rockridge Ave, Penrose
What: Always the folkloric fun of the year! 13 ethnic ensembles will show & then share, joining you in to dance with them.

Cash bar opens 5.45pm, with mulled wine on arrival. Argentinian dinner food at modest price. Raffles. $2 entry.  

Contact: Rae Storey,

Couple Dance Workshop, Auckland

When: Saturday 14 August, 10am – 3pm
Where: 6 Rockridge Ave, Penrose
What: ‘It takes two … partner dance as a folk form’

Since the medieval period, European dance has featured endless variations of couples dancing together. The popular partner dances, waltz, polka, mazurka and scottish have survived as both significant folk forms in their own right but are also often incorporated into structured group dances.

Michael Parmenter is a highly regarded contemporary dancer who has been active in the social dance scene for the past two decades. Director of Balfolk Auckland, recently he conceived and led the New Moon Folk Ball, a highlight of the recent Auckland Arts Festival / Te Ahurei Toi o Tamaki.  

Early Dance Group Mid-winter party

Pot luck medieval banquet with dancing to follow

Saturday, 17 July 2021, 6pm
St Johns Church Hall, Church St, Northcote

$5 on door plus plate of medieval themed food to share. Family and friends welcome. Costume encouraged but not essential.

CAMP OHOPE: FDNZ gathering

When: Queens Birthday Weekend, 4-6 June 2021
Where: Ohope Christian Camp, 60 Pohutukawa Ave, Ohope
What: A live-in weekend of dancing goodness, drawing on local folk dance and musical talent. Everyone welcome. Registration required

For the Bouree frees me from gravity and gets my feet to laugh.

For I don’t know a funnier game than the Circassian Circle.

For in the Chapelloise I can look at each one of you, and give you a smile.

Smile at you even when you’re as focussed and shy as I am, when our gazes are meeting in the middle of the whirlwind.

translated from Laetitia Carton, Le Grand Bal

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