Folk Dance Australia (FDA): Callala
International Folk Dancing
We are an international folk dance group, and, depending on requests, may present dances from many countries, including Australia, Albania, America, Armenia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brittany, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Macedonia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Turkey or Wales!
Through international folk dancing, it is possible to discover more about our world – to learn about and appreciate other cultures. You can indulge in a fun, relaxed, healthy activity and enjoy the company of interesting people from all walks of life.
People have used dance to express joy, sorrow and hope, to describe skills needed for survival, work and crafts and to pass on the legends and the spiritual wisdom of their culture. Today, folk dancing has lost much of its cultural meaning, but still serves to satisfy our almost inherent need to move to a rhythm. Some of the dances we do are thousands of years old and are still danced in their original form.
International folk dance in Australia
Many people, including migrants, travelling Australians and overseas visitors have contributed to the folk dance knowledge in Australia. Recently, influenced by the restrictions of Covid, one of our FDA members organised an American Folk Dance teacher , Ira Weisburd, to give a “youtube” workshop of international folk dances not yet learned in Australia. It was a great success, with more than 100 people “joining” in from Europe, America, NZ and Australia.
When I moved to Callala from Penrith (2004), there were no close-by folk dance groups. As I had some years training and teaching, under the auspices of Folk Dance Australia (FDA), I set up the FDA Callala group, which began in the Callala Bay Progress Hall on 24 May 2005 with 11 people attending on the first evening, some of whom are still dancing. This hall has been wonderful – its wooden floor is so easy to dance on and the facilities are great. With Covid restrictions, we are dancing 1.5m apart, holding scarves to help maintain that distance.
We arrange party nights every so often and invite people from other groups (eg, Sydney, the Mountains, Cambewarra, Sutherland, Canberra, Bateman’s Bay, Burrill Lakes) to join us (but won’t until Covid restrictions are relaxed).
Venue; Callala Bay Progress Hall, Boorawine Tce.
Time Tuesday afternoons (2.30 – 4.30pm) – includes afternoon tea about 3.30pm
Cost: (paid in advance) $45 per term
(FDA members*) $40 per term
(Per session) $5
I’m thrilled to be able to share my passion for folk dance with you.
Maureen Petherick 4446 6550
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