Balfolk Wellington

When: Fridays, 6.30pm-8.00pm
Where: 80 Cuba St, Wellington
What: Balfolk Wellington offers Balfolk dance lessons with the mission of promoting Balfolk in Aotearoa. No experience or partner needed.

Balfolk is a popular dance and music movement that started in France and has spread to many countries. Balfolk was born from the wish of keeping folk dance and music alive by reinventing them and making them more relevant to the context of nowadays. The music that fused folk music with different genres inspired dancers’ creativity to add their interpretation to the traditional choreographies and base steps. The imminence of socialization through social folk dance is still vital in or modern society this is one of the aspects of balfolk recreates by bringing people together.

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

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