Dance Groups and Regular Events

Where to go for information about getting involved in folk dancing, dance bands and instructions for folk dancing.

Major dance events are now listed on our public Facebook page and in the panel on the right.

See our Venues Page for information on venues.

Dance Bands – Some information about some of the bands who play for dances in Tasmania, including some of their own web sites

The Tango is Tasmanian – old time and set dances of Tasmania (dance book)
The Overland Track Suite – dances for Tasmania’s wilderness (dance book)
Down Under Contra 2 – contains some Tasmanian dances (contact for copies)

Regular Dance Events/Classes/Sessions

We advise you to check with the venues or organisers of regular events before travelling – sometimes sessions and regular events cease, change, or miss a week. While we give the latest information we have here, some of it may be out of date!

If you know that an event has changed, please let us know via email to

North – Dance

Every Tuesday: Scottish Country Dancing at Burnie

FFT Burnie Scottish Country Dancers dance on Tuesday evenings at Burnie Anglican Hall, Cattley St, Burnie, from 7.30 to 9.30pm. The group includes dancers at all levels, so beginners are welcome. No age limit. Partners welcome but not required! The cost is only $5 per person, to cover hall costs. We have supper after dancing on the first Tuesday of the month.

For more information, contact Simon Nettleton <> or phone 0428 144 712

Every Friday: Dancing with a Scottish Flavour at Ulverstone

We are a group of seniors who meet for slow paced social set dancing.
The group dances regularly on Friday mornings, 9.30am to 11am, at the Ulverstone Rowing Club.

For more information, contact Trina Moule <>

FFT The Reel Scottish Country Dancers, Launceston:
Contact: Tony Northey <> or phone 03 6331 8892

Inner Sanctuary with Emma – NW Coast

Sacred Circle events via the  Facebook page –
Emma Creeley
0438 809 748 

Irish Dancing, Launceston:  Contact Aileen Poynter, or 03 6331 2246

Launceston School of Bellydance: Are you interested in learning Middle Eastern dance?  A great way to keep fit and flexible and have a lot of fun (and admirers).  Contact Vicki, 6331 8668 or Mara, 6331 102


Clogging in NW Tas:
Penguin – Monday evening.
Wynyard – Wednesday evening and Friday morning.
Contact Jan Collins 0415 922 433 or    

For information about clogging, go to 

What is clogging?
It’s not Dutch – and we don’t wear wooden shoes!
Originally from the Appalachian mountains in USA, it is a tap-style dance with traditional links to Bluegrass and Old Time string band music. In its modern form, clogging is choreographed to all different types of music, and in Australia it is generally taught in a casual and friendly club atmosphere. 

Are you looking for a new activity or pastime?  No partner and no special clothing required – just wear comfortable flat shoes to start out – jingle taps added later.

South – Dance

Last Saturday of each month March-Nov (except Easter) – but see panel to the right for special events: Themed folk dances with great live bands, St James Hall, 462 Elizabeth St, New Town (off Rupert Avenue, enter behind church), 7:15 for 7:30pm. 

Info: 03 6273 2127 or  Spirited dancing to fantastic live music by Tasmania’s finest dance bands.  Dances include bush dances, balkan dances, mediaeval and renaissance dances, Irish ceilidhs, Scottish ceilidhs, contra dances, Klezmer dances, Balfolk dances, contemporary and traditional Australian dances.  

See full details of particular dances on Dance Folk Tasmania! or in the panel on the right of this page.

Monday Night Folk Dances: 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, Feb-Dec (except Easter)

7:15 for 7:30-9:30pm (including quick beginner’s/refresher workshop at 7:30 so if you’ve not been before, try to be there at the start)

St James Hall, 462 Elizabeth St, New Town (off Rupert Avenue, opposite Blue Gum, enter behind church)

Most nights are US contra dances, but sometimes we have French Balfolk dances. Both are fun, exciting and lively, with no dancing experience required.

Contra Dances: Tickets are here | See below for info

Balfolk Dances: Tickets are here | See below for info

If you’re not smiling, you’re not dancing!

Second Friday of each month (other than January and Easter): Danceoholics Unanimous is in recess.  Danceoholics unanimous is an informal group of people who get together on the second Friday of each month to laugh, chat and dance a lot.  We do an eclectic mix of folk dances from different traditions (e.g., Australian, Contra, Irish, Earthly Delights, English Country, Scandinavian, …) for those who want to try something different, or can’t wait until the end of month dance.

8:15 for 8:30-10:30pm, St James Hall, 462 Elizabeth St, New Town (off Rupert Avenue, behind church). 

See for details or for tickets

FFT Oatlands Scottish Country Dancers on Tuesdays

Meets weekly but alternately between two venues:
1st/3rd/5th (when they occur) Tuesdays of the month: Pat Murnane Hall, 188 Lenah Valley Rd, Lenah Valley 7:30 – 9:30pm
2nd/4th Tuesdays: Oatlands Hall, 1 Gay Street, Oatlands 7:30 – 9:30pm

With the emphasis on fun, Robert teaches interesting dances to the friendly group dance with a break for supper. Cost is $8 Waged, $5 unwaged; tea, coffee, biscuits supplied. Novices are always welcome. There is an annual Oatlands Ball each November.
For class information please SMS (not ring) Robert on 0408290954 or email

Learn Mediaeval Dance. Last Tuesday of the month, at hall under grandstand at showground. 7.30pm. Cost $7 but only $2 if you pay for SCA membership for the year (around $35 a year). $5 first time if you don’t sign up to be a member. (We have to charge the $5 extra to non-members because of insurance issues.)

Check before attending, contact Jill on 0407 057 931 (outside business hours).

Hora Tasmania (Israeli Dancing) at Caledonian Society Hall, 31 Homer Ave, Moonah, Wednesdays 10.00am-12:00 noon

Come and join to enjoy simple Israeli dancing with Hora Tasmania.  You will love the beautiful music and variety of steps.  Good exercise for your body and good food for your soul!!! Everybody welcome.
Time: 10:00-10:30am beginners and review class.  10.30am-12:00 noon general class.
Venue: Caledonian Society Hall, 31 Homer Avenue, Moonah
Off Springfield Avenue, right hand side as you go up towards the mountain
Cost : $5
Footwear: Suitable soft soled shoes
Enquiries: Michiko 6273 6327, 0423 173 497 or

The Hobart Multicultural Dance Group is an informal group of people who meet weekly to share folk dances from a range of cultures (e.g. Israel, Greece, the Balkans) and contemporary Circle Dances choreographed using traditional steps. We also occasionally host visiting dance teachers and run workshops. You are welcome to join us at our regular dances. No previous experience is expected.

Recreational Folk and Circle Dance

Every Thursday, 7:30-9:30pm, St James Hall, Rupert Av, New Town. Cost is $5/$4.

“Sacred Circle Dancing”

The third Sunday in each month, 7-9pm followed by supper, St James Hall, Rupert Av, New Town. Cost is $5/$4, and bring a contribution to a shared supper.

For further information contact:
Peter & Krista Sands 0427 786 177, email Peter Sands
Kate Shaw: 0417 898 177 (leave msg)

TASCAL Scottish Country Dancers (Hobart) Inc.

Join us in some friendly dancing to the strathspeys, reels and jigs of Scotland
Meet Thursday evenings 7.30 – 9:30 p.m, usually followed by supper.
Caledonian Society Hall, 31 Homer Avenue, Moonah.
Affiliated with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in Scotland.
For further information, details and contacts go to or  email, or contact Sarah 0409 218 414

Weekly: Irish Dancing Classes Hobart (Adults and Children).
Youth: Monday & Saturday
Adult: Wednesday
Please contact Bronwyn Kelly on 0406 872 425 or

Authentic Greek dancing classes
Hellenic Dancers Hobart
Centre of Hellenic Cultural Studies
65 Federal Street, North Hobart
Tasmania  7000
(in the main hall at the back, or upstairs in the front building – entrance on the Glebe/ car park exit side)
Intermediate class: Fridays 6pm – 7pm
Advanced Class: Weds 6:30pm-8pm

Adult class as requested, please contact Anastazia as below.
0498 940 603

The Jolley Hatters Morris dancers teach dance, practise weekly and have done so for 20 years, and dance out regularly at paying and volunteer gigs. We have a membership age range of 18 to 75 but most of us are in our early 50’s and enjoy the mental and physical exercise and companionship that comes from being a member of a Morris side. The dances taught are as preserved by Sharp at the beginning of the last century with precise stepping and preservation of English regional distinctiveness. Morris music is always live with the musician part of the dance and this over the years, has been instrumental in introducing a number of fine musicians to folk music.

So that’s what we are about, where else can you learn to caper, do whole heys and rant to make the road to hell so much more fun?

To get involved please contact: Diana Davies, Squire, Jolley Hatters Morris Phone: 0423 652 431  FB:

Ukrainian Dancing, 
ukrainian-dancingLocated at the Ukrainian Club, 185 Main Road, Moonah. There are no weekly classes held but if you have an interest in a regular gathering please call Marina on 0400763720 or email for more information.

Claremont Scottish Nights:

Scottish balls, ceilidhs and events with accordionist Iain MacLeod, pipers and called dances
Currently operating at Masonic Lodge, Peltro Street, Glenorchy
Monthly events May – November 2023, including MacLeod’s May Ball, Christmas in July and St Andrew’s Night. E.g., Claremont Scottish.
For more details, please contact Kylie MacLeod, 0488 442 922.  

Regular and special Swing Dance events – see

Line Dancing: Thursday nights at Orielton, 7pm; Monday nights at Buckland, 7pm.  Contact Kathy Mace,, 0419 553 594

Square Dance groups: 

Casino City Square Dance Club: 03 6244 2144, 7 Balamara St, Bellerive

Dance calendar from
(Please note that the calendar is updated less frequently than our Forthcoming Events page, so always consult the Forthcoming Events page first.  More details of regular events can be found above.)
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