Events

Winter Warm Up Workshop, Auckland

10 August 2024

Join us at the annual Winter Warm-up with another day of dancing workshops brought to you by FDNZ – details to come.

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

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.

Parea – Dance – Community, Auckland

2 December 2023

Join us for a relaxed social afternoon with dances from Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia and other countries – including many older favourites.

See poster for details

Folk Bal and Dance Workshops, Wellington

7-8 October 2023

A special weekend of dance that will undoubtedly make Wellingtonian dance enthusiasts and folk music aficionados fall in love with Balfolk.

Balfolk is a folk dance and music movement from Europe that gives new life to traditional dances, a modern way to dance to folk tunes. It has a friendly, social and energising atmosphere. Dances are simple and easy to learn but also have depth allowing for exploration and playful variations which makes it accessible to people with all skill levels.

The weekend offers opportunities to learn the varied repertoire of Balfolk dances under the skilful guidance of Michael Parmenter & Kate Grace, Balfolk Aotearoa/NZ’s co-directors. It concludes in a joyful celebration with a Folk Bal. 

The Tūranga Bal, Gisborne

30 September – 1 October 2023

FDNZ’s good-time gathering for 2023. A weekend of dance, bringing new life to old dance traditions. Balfolk workshops for dancers and musicians alike, Appalachian clogging, waiata-a-ringa, community folk dance events.

Join us there!

Winter Warm Up, Auckland

Saturday 12 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

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