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Regular Classes

Special Events

Festivals and links - including a list of dance events at the Dunedin Celtic Arts Festival, on during September

Traditional and Historical Dance

Monthly Historical dance workshop:  every second Sunday of each month at the Nga Maara Hall 63 North Rd Dunedin - 10am to 12noon - Nga Maara Hall, 63 North Road [MAP], Dunedin (Sacred Heart school hall).  

Quadrille Club:  a weekly class for intermediate dancers where we explore Quadrilles and Contredanses from the 18th and 19th Centuries - Wednesday 7pm to 9pm - Salvation Army Hall (43 North Road)

Performance group "Les Belles Vilaines" - practice Monday and Thursday from 7pm to 9pm at the Nga Maara Hall.


Kate is French. She arrived in Dunedin in 1995, and recently went back to France for a 3-year stay where she attended many workshops and festivals of traditional music and dance.

Find us on Facebook

email: info@frenchdancing.co.nz FaceBook group: "Historical Dance - Dunedin"

mob: (027) 26 399 39

Check the website for performances, demonstrations, classes and events: frenchdancing.co.nz

See articles in Folkdancers' Own:

December 2009: PDF: Frenchness ... Not Just Food (PDF, 145k)

June 2010: PDF: “Les Belles Vilaines” - French dancing and beyond (PDF, 212k)

December 2010: PDF: Bastille Day Does Not Always Conveniently Fall On A Week End! (PDF, 230k)

SONGBONG African dance class - Dunedin

SONGBONG dance class - click to enlarge (59k)

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African Dance

African dance, live drumming in Dunedin - contact info@songbong.co.nz or check website, www.songbong.co.nz 

Folk Dancing for Fun

Meets socially on Friday mornings 10am-11:30am, all welcome. Cost: $5.00

Where: Baptist Church Hall 170 North Road, North East Valley, Dunedin

Contact: Phone Yvonne Reid, (03) 455-2406, Email: stureid1 @ yahoo.co.nz

Dunedin Contradance Group

Dunedin Contradance Group (American folk dance) meets every Monday (except long weekends) at 7.30pm at 50 Dundas St, Dunedin. All welcome. Contact Bernadette Berry, 021 1398229

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Irish Beat Dance School

...under the direction of Kathryn Olcott. Classes for ages 5 to adult in traditional Irish Step and Set Dancing - reels, jigs and ceili dances.

Daily classes in an environment where students are encouraged, challenged and motivated to excel while developing an appreciation of Irish dancing, culture and heritage in an atmosphere that is relaxed, supportive and fun.

Dancing in the spirit of community fellowship is of utmost importance and the Irish BeatMaster performance groups are known for upbeat performances allowing dancers to use their creativity and skills to the level that suits their ability and compliments fellow classmates.

Studio: King Edward Court, Room 214, Stuart Street, Dunedin, (027) 572-8311

Contact: Kathryn Olcott (03) 472-8311, e-mail: irishbeatdance @ gmail.com

Community Dance

Various other classes and workshops that might have some traditional, ethnic or world dance component are available in Dunedin:

University Of Otago School Of Physical Education - adult classes welcoming casual attendance

South Island Dance Network (and DANZ) - listings inlcude workshops in many styles of dance

Otago Settlers Museum - sometimes has a dance programme for children or adults

Also watch the Otago Travel Guide for events of interest.

Annual Festivals

Don't forget the Whare Flat Festival of Music and Dance this year: whareflat.org.nz  

Dunedin Celtic Arts Festival, with plenty of dance events you can join in.

Other Links

South Island Dance Network

And now for something completely different:

Found on the Grand Chain (Edinburgh Scottish Dance Resource) website:
Dancing at the Auld Cale: A history of highland dancing in Dunedin, New Zealand, between 1863 and 1900.
By Miss S O’Donnell, BA(hons), MAHND

Last updated 24 August, 2020


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