New Wave Folk Dancing

Aotearoa’s No.1 teaching resource for folk dance in schools, pre-schools, and groups of all ages. First published in 1990, followed by an Under-Fives selection in 1994, this revised and enlarged compilation includes more fun than ever and world-ranging diversity.

Each of the 100 dances over 4 albums comes with a video demonstration, recorded sound track, and (in an accompanying pdf book) written dance instructions, teaching notes, any song words, and fascinating context information.  Three of the albums, divided by age-range, present “Fun in many cultures”.  The fourth, “Showpieces of many cultures,” highlights famous festival dances, along with their stories, and others that would make particularly good performances; a special item, fully documented, is the Auckland Dalmatians’ Old Kolo.

The website gives the dance lists, samples, prices and order form.  Publishing is digital, at present distributed on USB flashdrive by CourierPost.

Folk Dance Problem Solvers

The FDNZ Library includes a full set of Folk Dance Problem Solvers. These are a series of booklets published annually since 1987 that describe the details of many international folk dances, often including their history and other interesting information. The booklets are published by Ron Houston at the Society of Folk Dance Historians in the US.


FDNZ members may borrow these booklets from the library. Up to 3 booklets may be borrowed at one time, for up to 2 weeks at a time. To make a request send an e-mail to the editor, Kieron –