Experience the joy of dancing to wonderful (usually live) music, with friendly people. All dances taught. No partner or dancing experience required. All ages welcome.
Dance traditions include bush dances, balkan dances, regency dances, renaissance dances, Irish ceilis, Scottish ceilidhs, contra, Balfolk, Klezmer, Steampunk, contemporary and traditional Australian dances.
The Folk Federation of Tasmania runs three regular public dances in Hobart:
End of month dances: Folk dances or balls in different traditions – four hours of great live music by Tasmania’s finest folk dance bands. Last Saturday of each month, March to November (except Easter). See folktas.org/hobartdances.
TasContra: US contra dances (and sometimes some squares) – 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, Feb-Dec (except Easter). Hot tunes by Ross Smithard and Up Jumped Trouble. See folktas.org/tascontra.
Danceoholics Unanimous: An eclectic mix of fun dances from different traditions, to fine and lively, usually recorded, music. 2nd Friday of each month, Feb-Dec (except Easter). See folktas.org/danceoholics.
As one recent newcomer told us, “I laughed so much, my jaw hurt … Thanks for a great night.”
Dates for 2022/2023:
Calendar file for all our dances: here
End of month dances 2022: Last Saturday of each month March-Nov (except Easter)
Celtic Ceili with Mt Roland Ceilidh Band, 26/3/22
Buttongrass Ball with HOT String Band, 30/4/22
Steampunk Ball with As The Crow Flies, 28/5/22
Masked Mediaeval and Renaissance Ball with Jounce Ensemble, 25/6/22
Old Time Dance Party with Ross Smithard, Craig Woodward et al – Dare to be Square, 30/7/22
Balkan Roma Dance with Xenos, 27/8/22
Heritage Bush Dance with Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble, 24/9/22
Klezmer + Balfolk Dance Party with Plumb, Meyers, McNamara and Pribac, Fri 29/10/22
Derwent Regency Festival with Van Diemen’s Angels, 25-28/11/22
Masked Mediaeval and Renaissance Ball with Jounce Ensemble, 25/3/23
TasContra 2022: First and third Monday of each month, Feb-Dec (except Easter)
Jun 6, 20; Jul 18 (none on 4); Aug 1, 15; Sep 5, 19; Oct 3, 17; Nov 7, 21; Dec 5, 19
Danceoholics Unanimous 2022: Second Friday of each month, Feb-Dec (except Easter)
Jun 10; Jul (none); Aug 12; Sep 9; Oct 14; Nov 11; Dec 9
Sep 5/9/22: Balfolk (+ Contra) Dance Workshop