Morris Dance

 - Jack Frost

Jack Frost is a lively, irreverent Morris dancing side in Dunedin, New Zealand. As far as we know, we are the southernmost performing Morris side in the world. (Although Morris dancing has taken place in the Antarctic, we haven't heard of a permanent side being established there yet.)

Morris is an energetic and entertaining traditional English dance form, usually performed with sticks or handkerchiefs to the accompaniment of instrumental music. Jack Frost's instrumental arsenal currently consists of pipe and tabor, and piano accordion, but in the past has included melodeon, tin whistle, djembe, mandolin, concertina, fiddle, rauschpfeife and badger.

We don't use hankies: we are in fact bound by treaty not to. But we do use sticks. In Morris terminology, we are mainly a Border side. Many of our dances are accompanied by songs (often of a bawdy nature) and sometimes we just sing songs for fun as well.

We expect that Morris dancers from sides in other parts of the country will be attending the festival, and we would be delighted if you could join in our workshops, and help out with the teaching of dances.


Swing Dance - Shag

 - Swing Riot

Swing Riot are back again with Kieran and Sibby sharing their knowlege of Swing dance. This time it's a dance style called 'Shag' or 'Collegiate Shag'. This is partnered dance (but you don't need to come with a partner!) which started in the 1930s done primarily to uptempo swing and pre-swing jazz music.

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Contra Dance

 - Bernadette Berry

Similar to square dancing or barn dancing, contra dance originated from stately English Country dances, transformed in America to lively, twirling affairs, danced to reels and jigs. We do-si-do, hey, box-the-gnat, circle, and balance and swing with our partners, corners or shadows. We promenade, cast off, and chain, weaving intricate patterns, with the figures we execute. Brief liaisons are formed with other couples as we progress from one end of a long ‘set’ to the other.

No fancy footwork is required, just smooth walking steps and you don't need a partner.

Bernadette started her dance 'career' by learning and then teaching Irish dance. Her association with the Pog Band led her to take up dance calling and over the years of involvement with the folk world she has expanded her knowledge of folk dance to encompass the traditions of many European and Middle Eastern countries as well as American folk dances.


Come and grab a stick from Jack Frost's collection, and learn how to use it in this Morris dancing for kids workshop

Jack Frost is a lively, irreverent Morris dancing side in Dunedin, New Zealand. As far as we know, we are the southernmost performing Morris side in the world. (Although Morris dancing has taken place in the Antarctic, we haven't heard of a permanent side being established there yet.)

Morris is an energetic and entertaining traditional English dance form, usually performed with sticks or handkerchiefs to the accompaniment of instrumental music. Jack Frost's instrumental arsenal currently consists of pipe and tabor, and piano accordion, but in the past has included melodeon, tin whistle, djembe, mandolin, concertina, fiddle, rauschpfeife and badger.

Morris Dance for Kids

 - Jack Frost