Select this category for ALL dance related activities including dance bands, display groups, workshop presenters/ teachers and callers unless you are applying as a street dance performer. The following information is provided to assist you in completing the online Application.


Please READ ALL information carefully before starting your application. Street dance groups eg. street Morris should submit their application under the ‘Street’ category.

The National Folk Festival is committed to delivering an artistic program that showcases dance as a vibrant and inclusive element of a diverse ‘folk’ culture. The Festival seeks to offer both spectator and participatory activities with particular attention given to ensuring accessibility for all levels of dance from beginner to advanced with a view to attracting new audiences, especially the young.

The dance stream at the NFF will be programmed across two venues. Sometimes dance displays are also programmed on the Central Park Stage depending on the size of the group. If you would like to present a display at this venue please let us know in the note section at the end of the Application.
1803-NFF-Purcell-6881. The Coorong – Large indoor dance venue used for dances and workshops.

2. The Piazza – Covered venue with seating. Has clear sides that can be used to close off venue at night. Most dance displays, some workshops and dances take place on the Piazza.

When entering your Act Name please ensure this is NOT a description of what you are offering (eg. “Tango Dance” is a description, “Tango Hot Club”  is an Act Name. If you don’t have an Act Name use your own. You will then be asked to give your Act Type. Please select one of the Dance entries.  Under Genre tell us what best describes your act e.g. Americana; Celtic; World; blues & roots; eclectic etc. etc.

Styles of Dance The Festival’s Artistic Program will endeavour to showcase dance styles from a wide range of cultures as well as ensuring content that celebrates Australian and related dance styles in both contemporary and traditional contexts.

What Can You Offer

As a rough guide these may range from events such as the Festival / Heritage Ball (4 hrs), Irish Ceili, Scottish Ceilidh and Contra Dance (2-3 hrs) to shorter dances (1-2 hrs) held both during the day and in the evening such as Tea Dances, Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Cajun and Zydeco Dances. Styles and types listed are just suggestions based on what has been offered at previous festivals. You are only limited by your imagination within the broader definition of “folk”. We are particularly interested in dances that are inclusive of all ages and all levels of dance, from beginner to advanced


Dance Bands This covers both specialist dance bands (Scandinavian, Contra, Tango etc) to bands that play for free form dancing or late night rages. Ensure you put the type of dance eg. Heritage Ball, Scottish Ceilidh in the title section. If you need to include further information or explanations please put this in the notes section at the end of the application.

Dance Teachers (Workshops) 
Workshops are programmed from 30-90 mins duration depending on what is offered. In the beginner stream most are 30 mins being more of a taster offering basic skills. Once again, we are looking for workshops that cover a good spread of skill levels, from total beginners to advanced dancers with broad age accessibility.

Dance Callers Dance callers are often part of, or aligned with, a particular dance band. However, if not you are still very welcome to offer your expertise as a dance caller. 
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s All Dance Displays are 30 minutes in duration unless otherwise negotiated with the Festival Director and it is expected that groups will appear 3-4 times over the Easter weekend. It is recommended that if you are using live music you restrict the number of musicians to ensure the best use of performance time. We are interested in dance display groups that reflect the diversity of cultures that make up Australian society.

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Describe What You are Offering
This will all now be listed in the one place so ensure you include everything, especially if you tick any of the other program categories. Please DO NOT give lengthy descriptions. Keep each entry to one line only. With so many applications we don’t have time to plough through 100s and 100s or words. See the example below. If we want more information we will ask for it if your application is successful.

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Number of Performers in Dance Acts: 
Dance Display Groups may be allocated up to 16 performer passes* (20 if including musicians). 
Dance Bands should carefully consider the number of musicians prior to applying. A reasonable expectation would be up to 8* musicians.
Morris Sides may be allocated up to 12 performer passes per team* including musicians. 

Groups that need to include numbers in excess of this MUST negotiate with the Festival Director prior to submitting their application. Failure to do so may jeopardise your application.

SUPPORT MATERIAL: For the selection process the NFF prefers electronic support material. Please provide links to any relevant websites including Youtube. Live performance clips are the best way for us to determine what you do and how you sound. If you do not provide support material you will severely jeopardise your application.

PAYMENT: As a general rule the Festival does not offer payment to community and / or dance display groups. You are however, welcome to discuss this with the Festival Director. Any quoted fee should cover your act for the entire festival and be realistic, moderate and reasonable. DO NOT include GST when quoting your fee. Please keep in mind that the National Folk Festival is a not-for-profit, community based arts organisation run by volunteers and a small staff.

ACCOMMODATION The NFF provides on site camping facilities for its performers. If you do not wish to camp you may choose to organise your own accommodation. The Festival is unable to provide booked accommodation for large ensembles, dance or community groups.