What we're about

We're a group of fun-loving, friendly people who run regular dance events in Hobart, Tasmania. Most events have live music from amazing musicians from near and far. All dances are taught, and you'd don't need to bring a partner. Styles vary under the broad banner of "folk dancing", including contra dancing (from the US), Scottish dancing, Irish dancing, Regency dancing and good old Aussie bush dancing, to name a few. It's all about having fun, so it doesn't matter if you don't get the moves right. Just come along and give it a try! What you'll find is a great hobby that gets you fit as well as giving you a rip-roaring fun time, and it's all done with friendly, welcoming people who can't wait to meet you.

Regular events include Contra on the first and third Mondays of every month (except January and Easter, cos we're off at folk festivals then), a large dance on the last Saturday of each month between March and November (except Easter) which has a varying theme (costumes optional), and if that's not enough, there's Danceoholics on the second Friday of every month, where those of us who want more just do whatever dances we feel like.

Upcoming events (4+)

Buttongrass Ball with the HOT String Band!

St James Hall (Enter from Rupert Ave. Near Friends gym&Augusta Rd Hill St Grocer.)

"Birds on Beaches" - join us at the 24th annual BUTTONGRASS BALL!

Lively Tasmanian and other traditional music by the HOT String Band

Collected and new Tasmanian bush/folk dances dedicated to the natural and cultural heritage of Tasmania.

All dances taught by dance caller David "Oddsocks" Wanless.
No dancing experience or partner required.
All ages welcome.
Come dressed for a ball or a bushwalk!

Tickets: $19/ $17 conc/ $16 mem/ $10 f/t student/ $6 (u/12)
https://events.humanitix.com/buttongrass

BYO water bottle and a plate of supper to share.

Entry conditions: http://folktas.org/dancing/coronavirus/

Show your support for our amazing shorebirds, some of which fly 15,000km each way to Siberia/Alaska and back each year, but all of which are threatened on their Tasmanian beaches and mud-flats, by people, dogs, 4WDs and wind-farms.
Information available on the night from Birdlife Tasmania (or see https://birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-tasmania).

Proceeds of the ball will go to the Tasmanian National Parks Association (https://tnpa.org.au/), working to protect our natural heritage. The TNPA is concerned that visitor numbers in national parks need to be controlled to protect the natural environment, which is the primary reason for having parks! Sometimes making a coastal area a national park attracts additional visitors to beaches with consequences for all the critters that need the beach.

Tread lightly on the beach, even if you stomp on the dance floor.

Facebook/Meetup: dance folk tasmania
Folk Federation of Tasmania Inc
#hobartfolkdances #folktas

Tas Contra!

St James Hall (Enter from Rupert Ave. Near Friends gym&Augusta Rd Hill St Grocer.)

If you're looking for a fun evening out, with a workout to great live music, come along to TasContra!

Blazing music by Ross Smithard and Up Jumped Trouble! (please note: the band changed their name, but they are still the same band)

All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required.
All ages welcome. Dress and attitude: casual.

$12 adults / $10 full-time students. Preferably book beforehand at trybooking.com/YPTO to reduce queueing at the door and allow us to collect and provide information beforehand.
Second night free. Half price anytime you bring someone new.
Please BYO water bottle.

COVID-safe conditions of entry here: https://folktas.org/dancing/coronavirus/ (don't come if you are sick etc.)

Fun, exercise and a great night out, meeting friendly people, to the music of one of Australia's finest contra bands.

Dance callers Sarah Lewis, Fiona Henwood and David Wanless (and if you'd like to try, ask us).

Non-dancers welcome to listen. Treat your ears to cracking new and old-time toons!

Things have changed. See our conditions of entry at folktas.org/dancing/coronavirus

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

FOLK FEDERATION OF TASMANIA INC
Facebook/Meetup: dance folk tasmania
#hobartfolkdances

See folktas.org/venues for how to find us, including details of sustainable transport.

Extra info:
Contra dancing is non-competitive, moderately aerobic and highly addictive. It’s a lively, social, swingy dance style from the USA, which has exploded in popularity in recent decades. This rapidly developing tradition is popular with all ages, including a vibrant university scene. Done to simple walking steps, it features flowing movements, lots of swings and twirls, a chance to dance with everyone and the opportunity for improvisation, including using your moves from Swing, Cajun, Tango and other dance styles.

Come along and find out why they say that contra dancers are
“Traditional, progressive and frequently improper.”

Tas Contra!!

St James Hall (Enter from Rupert Ave. Near Friends gym&Augusta Rd Hill St Grocer.)

If you're looking for a fun evening out, with a workout to great live music, come along to TasContra!

Blazing music by Ross Smithard and Up Jumped Trouble! (please note: the band changed their name, but they are still the same band)

All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required.
All ages welcome. Dress and attitude: casual.

$12 adults / $10 full-time students. Preferably book beforehand at trybooking.com/YPTO to reduce queueing at the door and allow us to collect and provide information beforehand.
Second night free. Half price anytime you bring someone new.
Please BYO water bottle.

COVID-safe conditions of entry here: https://folktas.org/dancing/coronavirus/ (don't come if you are sick etc.)

Fun, exercise and a great night out, meeting friendly people, to the music of one of Australia's finest contra bands.

Dance callers Sarah Lewis, Fiona Henwood and David Wanless (and if you'd like to try, ask us).

Non-dancers welcome to listen. Treat your ears to cracking new and old-time toons!

Things have changed. See our conditions of entry at folktas.org/dancing/coronavirus

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

FOLK FEDERATION OF TASMANIA INC
Facebook/Meetup: dance folk tasmania
#hobartfolkdances

See folktas.org/venues for how to find us, including details of sustainable transport.

Extra info:
Contra dancing is non-competitive, moderately aerobic and highly addictive. It’s a lively, social, swingy dance style from the USA, which has exploded in popularity in recent decades. This rapidly developing tradition is popular with all ages, including a vibrant university scene. Done to simple walking steps, it features flowing movements, lots of swings and twirls, a chance to dance with everyone and the opportunity for improvisation, including using your moves from Swing, Cajun, Tango and other dance styles.

Come along and find out why they say that contra dancers are
“Traditional, progressive and frequently improper.”

Tas Contra!

St James Hall (Enter from Rupert Ave. Near Friends gym&Augusta Rd Hill St Grocer.)

If you're looking for a fun evening out, with a workout to great live music, come along to TasContra!

Blazing music by Ross Smithard and Up Jumped Trouble! (please note: the band changed their name, but they are still the same band)

All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required.
All ages welcome. Dress and attitude: casual.

$12 adults / $10 full-time students. Preferably book beforehand at trybooking.com/YPTO to reduce queueing at the door and allow us to collect and provide information beforehand.
Second night free. Half price anytime you bring someone new.
Please BYO water bottle.

COVID-safe conditions of entry here: https://folktas.org/dancing/coronavirus/ (don't come if you are sick etc.)

Fun, exercise and a great night out, meeting friendly people, to the music of one of Australia's finest contra bands.

Dance callers Sarah Lewis, Fiona Henwood and David Wanless (and if you'd like to try, ask us).

Non-dancers welcome to listen. Treat your ears to cracking new and old-time toons!

Things have changed. See our conditions of entry at folktas.org/dancing/coronavirus

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

FOLK FEDERATION OF TASMANIA INC
Facebook/Meetup: dance folk tasmania
#hobartfolkdances

See folktas.org/venues for how to find us, including details of sustainable transport.

Extra info:
Contra dancing is non-competitive, moderately aerobic and highly addictive. It’s a lively, social, swingy dance style from the USA, which has exploded in popularity in recent decades. This rapidly developing tradition is popular with all ages, including a vibrant university scene. Done to simple walking steps, it features flowing movements, lots of swings and twirls, a chance to dance with everyone and the opportunity for improvisation, including using your moves from Swing, Cajun, Tango and other dance styles.

Come along and find out why they say that contra dancers are
“Traditional, progressive and frequently improper.”

Past events (250)

Klezmer + BalFolk Dance Party with Plumb, Meyers, McNamara & Pribac!

St James Hall (Enter from Rupert Ave. Near Friends gym&Augusta Rd Hill St Grocer.)

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