**PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A REAL MEETUP GROUP YET! I AM PRIMARILY LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED PEOPLE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN HELPING ME TO ESTABLISH THIS GROUP**
++What is 'Balfolk'?
Balfolk is a set of modern (and often simplified) folk dances from all over Europe. The movement started primarily in France and Belgium during the 70's and thus many of Balfolk's 'core dances' come originally from French-speaking regions (Bourrée, An Dro, Branles etc.) BUT: Today a wide of range of other dances have been added to the Balfolk repertoire - from Portuguese dances via Swedish polska to dances from the Balkan region and Greece.
Balfolk dances can be both in groups (dances in chains/circles or social mixers - usually easy for everyone to join) and in couples.
Balfolk is somewhat different from traditional folk dance. The emphasis rather lies on improvisation and inclusiveness rather than authenticism. The base is often simplified to allow everyone to learn the dances after relatively short time. Improvisations are very common and there is more room to express yourself (as long as you stay in rhythm!)
++What is the purpose of 'BALFOLK OSLO'?
The aim is to establish a Balfolk group in Oslo that meets on a weekly basis. Over the time, we hope to get some folk musicians to join us as live music is an essential part of Balfolk. But that will probably take a while :)