Events

Winter Warm Up, Auckland

Saturday 10 August, from 5.45pm
Danish House, 6 Rockridge Ave, Penrose

Its time again! Always the folkloric fun of the year! 13 ethnic ensembles will show & then share, inviting you to join them in outrageous dancing connection goodness.

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

Contact: Rae Storey, raestorey36@gmail.com

The ABCs of Folk Dance – Winter Warm Up Dance Workshops in traditional dance from Aotearoa, Bulgaria and Colombia, Auckland

10 August 2024

Folk Dance New Zealand is thrilled to offer a day of dance workshops from Auckland-based traditional dance groups of Bulgaria and Colombia and revise our bespoke waiata-ā-ringa.

Balfolk, music session and social dance, Paekākāriki Memorial Hall

3 August 2024

1.30 – 2.30pm (free): Bring your instruments, join our band to discover and explore a new genre of folk music. Our band is composed this session of Bernard Wells (flute), Jonathan Berkahn (accordion) and Simon Burgess (double bass).

3 – 5pm: Social Balfolk dancing. Beginners welcome, all dances called.

$15. Koha welcome for students, concessions holders and unwaged (cash or bank transfer).

https://www.facebook.com/events/982708846676647

VicFolk Gaylidh – Dance Night, Wellington

26 July 2024

A take on Vicfolk’s regular ceilidh dances, this event is for LGBTQ+ Victoria Uni students and allies. All proceeds are going towards UniQ and the student Rainbow Wellbeing Peer Support roopu. No dance experience is needed – bring all your left feet! The night will consist of Irish ceilidh dancing with step by step instructions given for each dance. Proudly sponsored by Mauri Ora and Manawa Ora – Student Health and Counselling, and Student Wellbeing. Beat the Winter shivers by dancing the night away with the Vicfolk band!
Please stay home if you are sick or unwell, refunds are available on request.

General admission: $10.

https://www.facebook.com/events/929925515568501

7 to 11pm at Thistle Hall Community Venue, 293 Cuba St, Te Aro.

Tickets here

Bastille Day Ball at the Alliance Française, Wellington

14 July 2024

Join us for a joyous celebration, a Balfolk on live music, one of the highlights of our year, as we commemorate France’s National Day. Immerse yourself in French culture with an afternoon filled with delicious treats and traditional dancing.Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or a curious beginner, this is a fantastic opportunity to experience the spirit of French folk culture.

AF members: $25. Non members: $30.

https://www.facebook.com/events/384825177940102

2 to 5 pm at Level 3, Old Dominion Building, 78 Victoria St.

Tickets here

Online Events

Folk Dance Australia Inc (FDA), Zoom workshop with Roberto Bagnoli

23 June 2024

teaching a range of Balkan and Israeli dances, from Armenia to Russia, from Poland to Turkey.

Overseas Events

Folk Dance Tours with Tineke & Maurits van Geel, 2024

ARMENIA TOUR 15 May – 1 June 2024

A 14-day dance trip visiting the highlights and hidden gems of Armenia. Dance classes with local teachers.

BALI DANCE VACATION 17 June – 1 July 2024

A 15-day dance vacation offering a tropical cocktail to beach, nature, handcrafts, culture, beautiful weather and hospitable hosts. International folk dancing with Tineke and Maurits.

Both tours are also suitable for non-dancers.

For details visit www.tinekevangeel.nl

Past Events

Balfolk, music session and social dance, Paekākāriki

8 June 2024

Paekākāriki Memorial Hall

1.30 – 2.30pm (free): Bring your instruments, join our band to discover and explore a new genre of folk music. Our band is composed this session of Bernard Wells (flute), Jonathan Berkahn (accordion) and Simon Burgess (double bass).

3 – 5pm: Social Balfolk dancing. Beginners welcome, all dances called.

$15. Koha welcome for students, concessions holders and unwaged (cash or bank transfer).

English Country Dancing Workshop & Tea Dance, Tūranga/Gisborne

17-18 February 2024

Take your Valentine out for a day with a difference – or come without!

Good Folk of Gisborne presents a workshop of English Country Dance – the old and the new – with Auckland tutor Karen Vernon.

Fun guaranteed for all ages, and the chance to dance it all over again with tea & scones the following day.

Celtic Confluence Circle Dance Workshop, Hamilton

25-26 November 2023

Dance Folkus presents a weekend of Celtic-inspired new dance choreographies in the circle dance style.

Internationally popular UK guest tutors and choreographers Cindy Kelly & Adrian Pointon tour their latest repertoire of devised dances to Celtic and traditional music.

Fun to dance, expertly taught, easy to learn.

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