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+)

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) St James Hall 460 Elizabeth St, New Town (off Rupert Ave) 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! Tickets at the door, cash only: $10 adults/ $8 student special. Second night free. Half price anytime you bring someone new. 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 *NEW VENUE!!!!*

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. 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. Adults $10, students & Folk Federation $8, cash only. Please bring a plate of supper to share. 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) St James Hall 460 Elizabeth St, New Town (off Rupert Avenue) 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! Tickets at the door, cash only: $10 adults/ $8 student special. Second night free. Half price anytime you bring someone new. 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) St James Hall 460 Elizabeth St, New Town (off Rupert Ave) 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! Tickets at the door, cash only: $10 adults/ $8 student special. Second night free. Half price anytime you bring someone new. 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!

Past Events

Cygnet Folk Festival 2019

Cygnet Town Hall

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