National Folk Festival news
Now online on the festival site full dance programme.
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Dancing in Canberra before & after the Festival
Roguery and Brooke Friendly (USA). The best of English country dancing
Scottish Ceilidh programme
A Dance for Dancers
Farewell Dance with Billabong Band
Dancing in Canberra pre- & post- NFF
For those lucky dancers arriving early or departing late for the NFF:
MFS will be holding their usual Tuesday workshops – all are welcome to join us.
Both 7:30 – 9:30pm, at North Canberra Baptist Church Hall, 17 Condamine Street, Turner
Tues 16th April 7:30pm: Contra Dance workshop, with Canberra Contra Club
$6 for all members of any folk society / $8 non-members
Tues 23rd April 7:30pm: English Country Dancing, with Colin Towns, and music led by Ian and Sarah.
$7 for all members of any folk society / $9 non-members
Colin Towns (mob) 0417 020 615
Special guests for this year’s NFF
Roguery and Brooke Friendly (USA)
Top English country dance group from America.
Roguery is Dave Bartley (plucky strings), Jim Oakden (keyboard strings winds) and Shira Kammen (bowed strings, voice), together with Brooke Friendly (dance caller and choreographer). They have wowed and entertained dancers and audiences at festivals and dance events throughout the US and in Great Britain. Individually they have appeared on over 150 CDs, including six as a band. Shira is highly respected in international early music circles, and Brooke has published five books of original dances.
Tea Dance with Short Dented Potts
Scottish Ceilidh programme
“A Dance for Dancers” at this year’s National Festival run by Norm Ellis.
Check the Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria for more.
2019 NFF Melbourne Colonial Dancers performing
Welcome Dance Thursday evening
Displays on Piazza Friday 16:30 & Monday 13:50 featuring WA History.
Beginner Workshops Sat & Sunday Coorong 9:30 http://www.melbournecolonialdancers.org.au
Heritage Ball Programme
Gypsy Tap (led from the floor)
Colonials Quadrille (Canberra version)
Canberra Centenary Waltz (progressive version)
An Aussie Soldiers Joy
Grand March into
The First Coorong Quadrille (4 figures)
Swing Waltz (led from the floor)
New Parliament House
Mount Ainslie Reel
Chain Double Quadrille
Maxina (led from the floor)
Cumberland Long 8
Turn of the Tide
Merry Widow Waltz (led from the floor)
Tivoli Galop Quadrille
if time permits:
Posties Jig (uncalled)
Farewell Dance 2019 with the Billabong Band.
Sydney dancing couple awarded #ourNFF‘s highest honour.
The National Folk Festival is delighted to announce that the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for their significant commitment and contribution to enriching folk culture in Australia has been awarded to Bill and Margaret Ellen Winnett. Together they have shared their absolute love of traditional Irish dancing with people both in Australia and overseas.
Dancing prior to the Festival on Tuesday night, 27th March. English Country Dance workshops Tuesday 27th March
Dance acts are listed at http://folkfestival.org.au/2018-performers/
Scroll down for programmes for the Dancers’ Dance, Heritage Ball, and Scottish Ball.
Also info about Earthly Delights dance events. Earthly Delights at NFF 2018
Programme for the ‘Dancers’ Dance’
These dances are more advanced than many of the dances at the festival and are geared to more experienced dancers or those wanting a challenge.
Full instructions for download 2018 NFF Dancer’s Dance Instructions and videos up-date 20th jan 2018
Heritage Ball Programme NFF 2018
Scottish Ball Programme