• "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!

  • Roguery (USA) in Concert - an intimate house concert

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    From the USA via the National Folk Festival, for the first time in Australia, the Roguery trio is composed of three highly versatile veteran musicians who have come together to enchant dancers and listeners alike. *It's strongly recommended to book this in advance* as unlike our other events it is in a small venue and may book out. Tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=459473& early bird price until 31st March: $23 adult/ $20 concession or Folk Federation member. Cash price at the door if not booked out: $25 adult/ $22 concession or Folk Federation member. This concert is part of the Roguery English Country Dance and Music Weekend, so if you get a Weekend Ticket the concert is included. See folktas.org/roguery for detail. The Roguery trio are: Dave Bartley (mandolin, guitar, cittern, and numerous other plucked string instruments), Shira Kammen (multi-instrumentalist (primarily violin and vielle) and vocalist) and Jim Oakden (an absurd number of instruments, from accordion to zurna (to name a few). See rogueryband.com for more info. Together, their arrangements range from strictly traditional to soaring flights of imagination and improvisation. They have recorded 6 CDs, and have become favourites at events throughout the USA and England. The band’s varied influences include English, contra, early music, classical, Breton, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Galician, French, Balkan, jazz-fusion, Greek, and a variety of song traditions.

  • Rogueish Saturday Workshops with Roguery (USA)

    Hobart Town Hall

    Saturday hosts 2 dance workshops, followed by the raucous Rogue's Ball in the evening. All part of our Roguery Dance and Music Weekend. Tickets available here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=459473& , you can pay per workshop or get a Saturday all day ticket or a full Weekend ticket. Early bird prices 'till 31st March. DANCE WORKSHOP - English Country Dancing: Lyrical to Boisterous, Silly to Sublime - 11:00-1:00 - Brooke Friendly and Roguery Experience the variety of texture and mood as well as the qualities of movement and phrasing distinct to English country dances old and new. No dancing experience or partner required. DANCE WORKSHOP - Impropriety – the dances of Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett - 2:30-5:00 - Brooke Friendly and Roguery Enjoy a whole session focusing on the dances of Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett, published in Impropriety volumes 1-6, and perhaps some new, unpublished dances. Come dance to the great tunes—old and new—that have inspired the figures, phrasing, progressions, and nuances that are the signature of this duo’s work. No dancing experience or partner required. BALL - Rogue's Ball - English Country Dance + Contra - 7:30-11:30 - Brooke Friendly and Roguery Raucous to serene trad-inspired music by Roguery (USA). A dance party with English country dance, contra, and ceilidh style dances. All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required.

  • ROGUE'S BALL!! (April monthly dance, part of Roguery Weekend)

    A dance party with English country dance, contra, and ceilidh style dances. All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required. Raucous to serene trad-inspired music by Roguery (USA). Tickets: https://trybooking.com/BADSB or cash at the door: $25 adult/ $22 concession/ $20 Folk Federation member/ $15 full-time student Please bring a plate of supper and dress as your favourite rogue This is part of the Roguery English Country Dance and Music Weekend - see https://folktas.org/roguery for details. A weekend ticket or a Saturday ticket will include admission to the Rogue's Ball Some info on the band: From the USA via the National Folk Festival, for the first time in Australia, the Roguery trio is composed of three highly versatile veteran musicians that have come together to enchant dancers and listeners alike. Their arrangements range from strictly traditional to soaring flights of imagination and improvisation. They have recorded 6 CDs, and have become favourites at events throughout the USA and England. The band’s varied influences include English, contra, early music, classical, Breton, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Galician, French, Balkan, jazz-fusion, Greek, and a variety of song traditions. See: rogueryband.com. https://folktas.org/roguery #hobartfolkdances

  • Rogueish Sunday Workshops with Roguery (USA)

    Lenah Valley Community Hall

    Sunday hosts 8 workshops and a final dance as part of our Roguery Dance and Music Weekend. Tickets available here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=459473& , you can pay for the workshops or the final dance or get a Sunday all day ticket or a full Weekend ticket. Early bird prices 'till 31st March. DANCE - Dancing the Whole Dance - 10:00-11:30 - Brooke Friendly&Deanna Devers Experience dancing all roles in a dance. Enjoy a variety of fun, accessible English country dances while we play with global/positional terminology — a great way to build community and learn (and dance) the whole dance. No dancing experience or partner required. SINGING - Singing in a Circle - 10:00-11:30 - Shira Kammen Sing rounds, canons, catches, and other forms using musical imitation from the 12th to 17th centuries. The pieces will range from the simple and sweet to the complex and rich. For anyone who likes to sing, experienced and otherwise. MUSIC - Beyond Boom Chuck: Accompaniment - 10:00-11:30 - Dave Bartley Expanding the kinds of backup done by rhythm players, for dances and other settings. Dave Bartley plays mandolin, guitar, cittern, and numerous other plucked string instruments. He can provide a quiet foundation, inject a fiery driving rhythm, or pull wicked licks out of thin air MUSIC - Galician music - 10:00-11:30 - Jim Oakden Learn some wonderful tunes from Celtic Spain with some cultural background, including some commentary on playing them for dances. DANCE - Dance Here Now - 12:00-1:30 - Brooke Friendly&Deanna Devers Dance, laugh, and experiment as we focus on dancing rather than dances. Build learning, helping, and partnering skills. Be ready to accept mistakes as an opportunity to get better at recovering. Dance more, worry less. No dancing experience or partner required. MUSIC&SONG - Popular Music of the English Renaissance - 12:00-1:30 - Shira Kammen Explore the wit, humour and melancholy of the High Renaissance in England. We’ll look at dance melodies, ballads, madrigals, rounds, drinking, love, and newsworthy songs from a number of different sources: ‘Pills to Purge Melancholy’, Ravenscroft, Playford, Shakespeare’s plays, among others. MUSIC - The Broad Church of Contra Music - 12:00-1:30 - Dave Bartley To its Celtic base, modern contra dance music adds inspiration from all sorts of genres – Quebecois, Cape Breton, rock and roll, jazz, techno and even TV theme songs and symphonic music. Dave Bartley will use this workshop as an excuse to indulge in an eclectic menu of tunes and influences. All musicians welcome, with no intent to play for dances required. MUSIC - Not Everything in 3 is a Waltz - 12:00-1:30 - Jim Oakden Explore the mysterious world of mazurkas, hambos, bourees and more. Jim started playing piano and clarinet at an early age and stumbled into early music from the classical music scene, from whence he discovered the world of traditional and ethnic music. This workshop is best for music readers. DANCE - Rogue's Farewell - 3:00-5:00 - Brooke Friendly & Roguery A final chance to dance to the raucous to sublime music of Roguery, featuring the English / American connection - exploring the blurred area between what is defined as English Country Dance and Contra (American) dance (and a little dash of Scottish) — figures and styling that have crossed genres. No dancing experience or partner required.

  • Rogues' Farewell Dance!

    Lenah Valley Community Hall

    A final chance to dance to the raucous to sublime music of Roguery, featuring the English / American connection - exploring the blurred area between what is defined as English Country Dance and Contra (American) dance (and a little dash of Scottish) — figures and styling that have crossed genres. No dancing experience or partner required. Tickets $15 adult/$13 concession or Folk Federation Member. At the door or online here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=459473& If you get a Sunday all day ticket or a full Weekend ticket, this dance is included. Early bird prices 'till 15th March.

  • *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) 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!

  • 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!