Programme Dance

Dance your socks off!

New Years Eve features our fabulous annual Ceilidh in the Marquee with members of the Dunedin Fiddle Orchestra and a few other ring-ins.

And after midnight, rock out with Tahu and the Takahē!




With Trevor Robertson

31 Dec 10.30 am | Hall | 17th Century English Dance - Gentrifed folk dancing

1 Jan 10.30 am | Hall | Longways English Country Dance - The origin of Contradance

2 Jan 10.30 am | Hall | Trevor's Maggot - A collection of his favourite dances

Trevor was born into a family of dancers ( Scottish Country and American Square) and was raised musically on a diet of classical, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Jimmy Shand and his Band. He learned folk dancing in primary school and promptly forgot it. At the age of 20 he attended the Wellington Folk Festival and developed an unnatural attraction to Morris Dancing. After joining the English Country Dance Club in Christchurch he was one of the founding fathers and mothers of The Bantam of the Opera.

Trevor first became involved in teaching dance by teaching intellectually disabled young people how to Morris Dance. Over the years he has taught: Morris Dancing, English Country Dance, English Sword Dancing, Scottish Dance, Historical European Dance, Maypole Dance and Barn Dancing. He has performed in such diverse places as Auckland, Karamea and Stavely. He was once described by the late Dave Hart as being a great suppository of English Dance! 

Qigong with Jay | 1 Jan 9.00 am | Hall

Qigong (say it Chi-Gong) is a meditative practice originating in China using gentle flowing movements, breathing techniques and relaxation. This workshop will give you simple tools and exercises that you can use in daily life to help you stay focused, reduce stress and find more joy in life.



Dance for Kids

Swing Riot with Sibby – aimed at school-aged children (5yrs+)

31 Dec 11.00 am | Troup Den

Join Sibby for a SWING RIOT and enter the rhythmic world of swing era dances. Step into our dance time machine and travel back to the days when Authentic Jazz and Lindy hop ruled the dance floors. This class will encourage kids to not only discover the joy of connecting to the history of these African American dance forms but also how to groove to the beats that define the spirit of this iconic dance era. This workshop is fast paced and energetic. 

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