About Folk Dance Australia

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Folk Dance Australia aims ...
  • To promote the development of folk dance in Australia;
  • To promote an understanding and mutual respect for the diverse community groups living in Australia;
  • To encourage and develop the skills of folk dance teachers by providing courses and workshops;
  • To serve as a folk dance information network.

Background: Folk Dance Australia (FDA) was formed in 1990 and became incorporated in New South Wales in May, 1991. Based in Sydney, FDA is a national network, with members in all states of Australia and in New Zealand. During the past 35 years, tours by visiting teachers from Europe, the United Kingdom, USA and Canada have given folk dancers in Australia the opportunity to network and to create a wider field of knowledge, ideas and communication. The founding of FDA was the natural progression in the development of international folk dance in Australia.

It was the vision of dedicated enthusiasts with the aims of raising the standard of teaching, giving international folk dance a higher profile and showing its value both as a recreational activity and as an educational tool, that is making international folk dancing more accessible to the broader community for their enjoyment.

Activities of Folk Dance Australia (FDA)

  • provides an information network
  • arranges workshops with Australian and international folk dance specialists
  • provides recreational folk dance teacher training courses
  • offers classes and style workshops with local community group teachers
  • publishes six editions per year of "Footnotes Magazine", which provides information on upcoming workshops, directory of folk dance groups close to you and throughout Australia, reviews, articles on culture and dance and other folk dance items of news.