What is Balfolk?

Imagine Balfolk as a vibrant fusion of centuries-old European dance traditions and modern sensibilities.

Balfolk is a European folk dance and music movement.
It encompasses a wide range of dances including partner and group dances.
Dance and music combine both traditional and contemporary elements and a lively, social and inclusive atmosphere, making it accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages and skill levels.

What kind of music is played?

Balfolk music has its roots in tradition while also embracing innovation.
It features traditional instruments such as fiddles, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, and accordions, often blended in unique combinations with more modern instruments.
This fusion of traditional and modern elements gives the Balfolk sound the distinctive musical diversity that forms the backbone of Balfolk dance events.

Here you can find a number of playlists with tunes we use at Balfolk Dunedin(NZ).
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What do I need to bring?

Flat, leather sole shoes are ideal, but any comfortable pair of shoes (like sneakers) will do!
Bring a positive attitude and a casual set of clothes.

While it's not necessary to bring a dance partner, it can be more enjoyable if you come with friends or as a couple.
Balfolk events are typically very social, and you'll have the opportunity to dance with various people.
If you play a musical instrument, you might also want to bring it along to participate in euro-sessions or practice with others.

What are the different dances?

There are so many different dances available!
It would be impossible to list them all out, so here are some of the key ones that we practise.

  1. Bourrée
  2. Mazurka
  3. Schottische
  4. Valse
  5. Polka
  6. Rondeau
  7. An Dro
  8. Hanter Dro
  9. Cercle Circassien
  10. Chapelloise
  11. Bransle