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 (5+)

*NEW VENUE* BUSH DANCE CEILIDH! (March monthly dance 2019)

St James Hall (near Friends School gym&Blue Gum Service Station. Enter from Rupert Ave.)

Great trad dance music from master musicians String Fiddle (NSW) High energy Australian and Scottish dances with caller David Wanless Ceilidh dancing is the Scottish equivalent of Australian bush dancing—vigorous and fun. Tickets at the door (cash): $18 adult/ $16 concession/$15 Folk Federation of Tasmania member/ $9 full-time student Dress: casual or Scottish All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required but you’re welcome to bring either. All ages welcome. Please bring some supper to share. Folk Federation of Tasmania Inc www.folktas.org If you’re not smiling, you’re not dancing! #hobartfolkdances

Contra Monday @ St James Hall

St James Hall (near Friends School gym&Blue Gum Service Station. Enter from Rupert Ave.)

1st and 3rd Mondays of each month (except January and Easter) 7:30-9:30pm (beginner's/refresher workshop 7:30-7:45) Tickets at the door, cash only: $10 adults/ $8 student special. Second night free. Half price anytime you bring someone new. Fun, exercise and a great night out, making new friends, to the music of talented Hobart band As The Crow Flies! All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required. Non-dancers welcome to listen. Treat your ears! 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. All ages welcome. Dress and attitude: casual. Comfortable shoes. If you’re not smiling, you’re not dancing! Don't worry if only a few people have RSVPd to this event, because this group is just one arm of a larger community organisation. Usually about 20 people come to contra dances, which is intimate enough for you to get to know people and to receive some patient instruction, but big enough to have lots of different people to dance with!! FOLK FEDERATION OF TASMANIA INC http://www.folktas.org/tascontra Facebook: Dance Folk Tasmania!

*TEMPORARY VENUE*Contra Monday @ Lenah Valley Scout Hall

Lenah Valley Scout Hall

**TEMPORARY CHANGE OF VENUE DUE TO FLOOR RE-SURFACING AT ST JAMES!!** 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month (except January and Easter) 7:30-9:30pm (beginner's/refresher workshop 7:30-7:45) Fun, exercise and a great night out, making new friends, to the music of accordionist Iain MacLeod! Tickets at the door, cash only: $10 adults/ $8 student special. Second night free. Half price anytime you bring someone new. All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required. Non-dancers welcome to listen. Treat your ears! 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. All ages welcome. Dress and attitude: casual. Comfortable shoes. If you’re not smiling, you’re not dancing! (NB: don't be worried if you see that only 3 or 4 people have RSVPd to an event, as this group is just one arm of a larger community organisation, so there will always be more friendly people coming from other places!) FOLK FEDERATION OF TASMANIA INC http://www.folktas.org/tascontra Facebook: Dance Folk Tasmania!

"Roguery" Dance and Music Weekend!

Various Locations

This is something quite exciting we haven't done before: an entire weekend of music and dance, including an intimate concert on Friday night, the rollicking Rogue's Ball on Saturday night and a variety of dance and music workshops all day Saturday and Sunday. It's run by some fantastic international musicians and dance callers from the band Roguery, who are from the US (https://rogueryband.com/). Come along to all or part of the weekend. Early bird (cheaper) tickets available until the 31st of March here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=459473& Further detail on the weekend here: http://folktas.org/roguery/ Locations are different each day: Friday's concert is at a private house in West Moonah, Saturday's events are at Hobart Town Hall ballroom and Sunday's events are at Lenah Valley Community Hall in Creek Rd, Lenah Valley (next to John Turnbull Park). I will make individual MeetUp events for some of the events too, but won't "announce" them just yet so your inboxes don't get jammed!

Past events (148)

Contra Monday @ St James Hall

St James Hall (near Friends School gym&Blue Gum Service Station. Enter from Rupert Ave.)

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