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+)

MAY MONTHLY DANCE: Klezmer + BalFolk Dance Party!

St James Hall

Klezmer and pan-European music from a powerhouse trio: World renowned mandolin virtuoso Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty) has established a reputation as a driving force in acoustic music on the global stage. With their energetic and joyfully unrestrained music, Rachel Meyers and Dave McNamara have delighted audiences from some of Europe's liveliest bars and music festivals to the wettest, coldest and darkest street corners. Special guest: Fred Pribac on bass. Caller: David Wanless Lively, fun Klezmer, French and other European dances Tickets at the door: $18 adult / $16 conc/ $15 Folk Federation member / $9 full-time student. Klezmer dances are fun and simple, social Eastern European Jewish dances. BalFolk dancing is popular social dancing from Western Europe, a recent revival of traditional, mostly French, folk dances. Thousands of people of all ages attend festivals such as Boombal (BE), Damada (FR), Andanças (PT), Gran Bal Trad (IT) and the Grand bal de l'Europe (FR). There are vibrant folk dance scenes in towns and cities across Northern Europe, France and Italy, and a growing dance scene in London. Dress fancy - it's a party! Will your outfit be: 1. Classy, 2. Flamboyant, 3. Whimsical, 4. Outrageous, or 5. Zany? It's not essential to dress up, but it adds to the fun. Glowsticks available and we will have some special lighting, including a little UV, so white clothing will shine. 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. www.folktas.org Facebook/Meetup: dance folk tasmania #hobartfolkdances Folk Federation of Tasmania Inc If you're not smiling, you're not dancing!

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 one of Australia's finest contra bands, Moonshine Whiskers and the Ragged Pony! 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!

Danceoholics Unanimous

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

Danceoholics Unanimous is a small, informal group of people who get together on the second Friday of each month (except January and Easter) to laugh, chat and dance a lot. Adults $10, students & Folk Federation members $8, cash only. Please bring a plate of supper to share. We do an eclectic mix of folk dances for those who want to try something different, or can't wait until the next end of month dance. Music will often be recorded, not live, but if you can play some for fun, please offer! We enjoy a mix of dances from various traditions including contra, Scottish, Irish, English, traditional and contemporary Australian, Breton and Scandinavian. All dances taught. No partner needed. All ages welcome. We try new and different dances, some challenging, some easy, some hilarious! Above all, we have fun. Dress and attitude: casual. Comfortable shoes. This is the smaller of our regular MeetUps, usually attracting about 10-15 people, which means there is some wiggle room to change the dances based on the ability of the attendees. It's very relaxed. The number of RSVPs listed on MeetUp will always be lower, as this group is just one arm of a larger community organisation. So, please don't be put off by the fact that only 3 or 4 people have RSVPd, because there will always be more people coming from other places! Presented by the Folk Federation of Tasmania http://www.folktas.org/danceoholics Facebook: Dance Folk Tasmania!

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) Fun, exercise and a great night out, making new friends, to the music of Australia's finest contra band, Moonshine Whiskers and the Ragged Pony! 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!

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Contra Monday @ St James Hall

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

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