Adelaide International Folk Dancers was formed in 1974 and members gather on a weekly basis to enjoy dancing to exotic music, both live and recorded, from a wide variety of countries. Most of the dances are done in lines and circles, so no partner is required. The most popular dance styles are from the Balkan region where unusual time signatures seldom found in north western Europe are common.
The Australian Colonial & Folk Dancers is a highly experienced and creative dance group. The group comprises qualified dance teachers, experienced callers and award-winning dance writers, as well as enthusiastic and dedicated dancers. They perform choreographed routines based on traditional and contemporary folk dances. Dances are often performed with unusual numbers or formations and may involve a perfect imbalance, where each man has two partners, allowing for optimal creativity.
The Australian Morris Ring brings together Australia's premier Morris dance groups to give you massed street displays of many colourful teams and intricate jig displays by talented individuals – plus much more!
Belswagger Morris is Brisbane's number one traditional English Cotswold Morris dancing team. Sticks clashing, hankies waving, bells ringing: Belswagger brings the timeless Morris tradition to all and sundry.
Blackberry Jam have performed for the delight of people all ages for the past 25 years! Be ready for an abundance of energy, expertise and fun as they take to the stage at this year's NFF. On stage, at a dance, or at the KidzFest, you’ll be tapping your toes to some of Australia’s finest bush music.
In 2020 the Bush Music Club (BMC) celebrates the centenary of the birth of one of its founders, folklorist John Meredith AM, whose extensive collections are in the National Library. Since 1954 the BMC has actively promoted Australian folk traditions through collecting and publishing all forms of folklore. The oldest folk club in Australia, BMC holds regular dance and music workshops, bush dances, concerts and colonial balls and offers a Saplings program for young musicians.
The musicians of the Cameron Corner Bush Band play dance music for Australian bush and colonial dances. Together with callers from the Melbourne Colonial Dancers they will present an evening program of dances to welcome you to the National Folk Festival 2020.
Dancers' favourites, Chris Duncan, Catherine Strutt and Jennifer Strutt will have you up on the dance floor with their infectious and rhythmic dance music. Celebrating 30 years of playing dance music, these expert musicians will share the stage with equally brilliant dance instructors Robert Davidson and Michael Darby ensuring dancers, old and new, a brilliant night of Scottish music and dance!
The Melbourne Colonial Dancers formed in 1974 to preserve collected Australian heritage dances and dance tunes since European settlement. They have performed at many festivals; run bush dances, dance workshops, dance displays, and birthday dances; and performed in aged care facilities. Coral has been running beginner dance classes since 1993 and is committed to helping people to learn and enjoy dancing.
Why Kaleidoscope? Kaleidoscope relates to the changing patterns of the dancers as they dance, as well as the variety of dance styles performed by the group. We dance for enjoyment, motivation to improve our dancing style and have an excuse to dress in period costumes. Sounds Austen, a classical ensemble in disguise, play lively lifting music. We perform to share our love of the dance and to keep these elegant delightful old dances alive.
The Dividing Range Dancers are a group of dancers from the NSW and the ACT who share a common interest in traditional and lively forms of social dance. Coming from a range of dance backgrounds, they enjoy a repertoire of couple dances, set dances and quadrilles from the past 200 years, particularly those of relevance to Australia.
Tomás Dietz has been teaching pure Flamenco dance in Canberra for nearly 20 years. Most of his students start with no dance experience, but their diligence in this austere discipline brings them to appreciate the depth of this stunning expression of the human condition. His students will share their achievements in the intimate, up close and intense 'tablao' style show.
The Heritage Ensemble is an assembly of many fine experienced dance musicians as well as a training ground for younger musicians. Under musical director, David Johnson, and with callers, Heather Clarke, Don Richmond and Cath Richmond, the Heritage Ensemble delivers a ball program that extends from colonial times through bush dancing classics to modem innovations; all danced to arranged published works, collected treasures and new tunes.
Jim and Ingrid have been sharing their knowledge of Bavarian dancing for nearly 20 years. Jim lived in Munich for nine years and Ingrid was born and first started dancing in a small town near the alps in Bavaria. They make dancing accessible to all levels of dancers with their clear and fun instruction. They are accompanied by some fine musicians making for an enjoyable dance experience.
Pastrami on Ryebuck is the Contra version of Ryebuck Bush Band and has been playing for many years at Contra sessions, bush dances, and English Country dances around the country. Keith Wood is a prize-winning dance composer and calls Contra, English, and his own dances in Sydney. Together they'll get you up and dancing!
“A powerful show of stunning contemporary Māori music, dance, instruments, language, stories and costumes. The queen of live loops is back in force and this new show is her best yet”. Songlines Magazine UK, 2019. This is a fierce all-female Māori world-roots production showcasing the virtues of Indigenous feminine power and inspiring cultural identity. With ancient chants, intricate harmonies, traditional and contemporary instruments featuring women’s dance, haka, weaponry and martial arts the group delivers an inclusive, informative and inspiring cultural performance.
Margaret & Bill Winnett have danced together for well over fifty years, travelling to Ireland on twenty-four occasions to collect and research the traditional Irish dances they teach during their workshops. They have the ability to teach dancing in a fun way yet have everyone dancing to an exacting standard and enjoying the experience.
Maypole with Molly and her lively accordion will have kids dancing and creating intricate ribbon patterns or playing percussion. Emphasis is on fun audience participation where adults are invited to join in. Erika Cleaver (Molly), an experienced early childhood teacher and her helpers enjoy sharing music and dance with kids.
The musicians of the Mighty Murray Bush Band play dance music for Australian bush and colonial dances in Victoria, NSW, and Tasmania and come together at the National, with Norm Ellis of the Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria, to present an afternoon of fun dancing for all.
Dazzling swords, swirling skirts, colourful shawls, finger cymbals and more – Mosaic Tribal brings together dancers from NSW and Canberra to entertain audiences with a captivating display of tribal bellydance. Music is from around the world including Spain, India and live Middle Eastern drumming. The extravagant costumes reflect this global mix. Dancers present a blend of choreographed and improvised pieces, performing with personality and attitude to ensure the audience has as much fun as the dancers.
Ngati Morris Morris is the traveling arm of the New Zealand Morris dance community. The word Ngati means tribe in the Maori language. They feature some of the best dancers and musicians from Auckland, Nelson, Wellington and New Plymouth. In their distinctive black Baldricks embroidered with silver ferns they are an eye-catching addition to any folk festival. In addition to the traditional dances they have also developed there own Kiwi repertoire.
Created by Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion) and Karen Wimhurst (clarinets), Pagoda Project brings together a unique blend of contemporary folk instrumentals with improvisation to create a warm, dynamic sound. Their originality, combined with a healthy dose of humour, leads to a fabulously entertaining concert. They come highly recommended, performing in festivals across the UK and the Czech Republic, earning them five star reviews from Songlines and FRoots. They've featured on the Songlines cd 'Top of the World'.
Phillip's Dog is the only band in the world specialising in early Australian colonial dance music.They have collaborated with internationally renowned dance bands to bring a unique sound to the Australian dance scene. Based on the research of dance historian and teacher, Dr Heather Blasdale Clarke, combined with the talents of lead musician, Roland Clarke, be prepared for an extraordinary adventure in music and dance.
The Canberra PNG Peroveta Singers present ancient tribal and gospel folk traditions (Peroveta). Peroveta convey Bible teachings, sung 'a cappella' with energetic exchanges of male and female melodies. This form was established in PNG by South Sea Islander missionaries in the 1880s. By contrast, the tribal forms are ancient chants that give buoyancy to their group dance formations, in traditional finery. Both styles are learned by ear and sung at important family and community events.
The Rondanihan traditional Filipino plucked string orchestra in Rondalla tradition commenced in 2002 in Canberra and has performed in the Philippines, Qld, NSW and the ACT, with regular performances in Canberra and surrounding regions. Based in Canberra, the group performs at major cultural events festivals, diplomatic and public receptions. The repertoire combines traditional and popular music from the Philippines along with classical and popular tunes arranged for plucked stings. Performances are often accompanied by dancers.
Savoy Dance celebrates the joy and energy of the diverse 1930's and 40's Swing Dance traditions and music. We teach, dance and perform Lindy Hop, Charleston and Solo Jazz dances from the African-American traditions of Harlem New York, Balboa from the west coast Los Angeles tradition and Blues dances originating in the American south. For us Swing Dance is about the joy of the music and the improvisation of social dancing.
The Surly Griffins are Canberra’s local Morris side formed in early 2012 to fill the Morris gap in the Canberra region. They challenge the neatly defined conventions of Morris by bringing together the best of Border and Cotswold styles with a dollop of Yorkshire Longsword for good measure. They dance in a relaxed, laconic, yet vigorous, style and revel in entertaining crowds.
The Sydney Irish Dance Ensemble is a branch of the Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers which was formed to present themed performances such as the memorable 'Girls of the Shamrock Shore', the 'Irish Wedding', 'Finnegan's Wak'e and 'Man of Aran'. The range of dancing performed includes solo step dancing, ceili dancing, set dancing and two hand dances. The dancing is accompanied by traditional musicians on fiddle, box, guitar, flute and tin whistle
Known for lyrical playing and fearless improvisation on the fiddle and a driving and dynamic backup guitar style, Tangent (Kathleen Fownes and Everest Witman) is a force to be reckoned with in the North American trad scene. Their music draws on traditions such as bal folk and contemporary Scottish trad, as well as their roots as New England dance musicians. Marjolène Forest joins them as a contra dance caller and Québécois step dancer.
Since the first tango was danced in Australia in 1913, this urban dance from Argentina has captivated audiences, musicans and dancers here. A century later ,and the Tango Social Club of Canberra is here to showcase the variety of dances and music that make up the world of tango today.
Tir an Oir is a modern Irish dance group which includes dancers that have performed and competed nationally and internationally. Be amazed by the intricate footwork and complex fast paced rhythms of the hard shoe performances. Admire the elegant grace of soft shoe and the precision of teams as dancers perform a mix of modern and traditional dances.
TSDAV has run a Dance Composer's Competition since 1980. Come and try the dances yourself to see if you agree with the judges! The dances are instructed, danced by you, and judged in this session, and awards are given for the best General Social Dance and the best Dance for More Experienced Dancers.
The Victorian Folk Music Club's Billabong Band is the longest continuously performing bush band in Australia. With its emphasis on traditional Australian (European) folk song, dance and poetry, it strives to keep alive the traditions that are sometimes overshadowed by the American and Scots/Irish traditions. It performs regularly around Melbourne and country towns at local festivals, dances and various private functions.
Well Hall English Dancers are based in Melbourne. Wearing Regency costume, they perform graceful and intricate country dances from the 17th century to modern times. The dances illustrate the diversity of patterns, styles and music from past centuries.
Be transported with this ensemble to forgotten fishing villages, moonlit olive groves, and a hard life under a hot sun where peasants play music to celebrate life with a fierce sense of humour. They provide the sounds and energy of folk, gypsy and Italian world music woven expertly together to provide a truly spaghetti and meatballs experience.