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.

Winter Warm Up, Auckland

When: Saturday 13 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,

Online Events

Stockton Folk Dance Camp 2022

Global Folk Dance Party

For more info and to register for free:

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

Family Dance Party, Auckland

Saturday 2 July, 2-4.30pm
St Pauls Church Hall, 12 St Vincent Ave, Remuera
For all ages of kids. Bring your children, your grandchildren, and their friends.

Adults need to stay with kids under 10. Entry free, bring a plate for afternoon tea.

And why not dress up!  

Hosted by Ruritanian International Folk Dance Club, 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.

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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