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

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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