Balfolk Dances

BALfolkFESTnoz #5
Friday, December 18 2015

7:00 Doors open at 755 Dovercourt Rd for workshops
7:15 - 8:00 Family Dance Workshop (bring your kids!)
8:15 - 9:00 Intro to Balfolk for Adults
9:00 Doors open at 974 Bloor St West (downstairs, entrance around the corner in same building)
9:15pm - 1:30am BALfolkFESTnoz dancing!

Please note that the workshops will happen UPSTAIRS of the same building, but at a different address: 755 Dovercourt Rd, Yauca's Lounge. (Entrance is just around the corner)

Doors to the BIG bal will open at 9pm downstairs at 974 Bloor St West.

$10 in advance (pre-pay at a Balfolk Monday, or online here)
$15 at the door, adults
$5 at the door, children
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More info at

BALfolkFESTnoz #4 with 'Ndiaz (France)

Thursday, June 25 2015
Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave, Toronto (near Runnymede Station)

$10 adv / $12 door, available HERE or at Monday Balfolks

6:30-7:30pm workshops
7:30-9:30pm BALfolkFESTnoz #4

Friday, February 27, 2015
St. Vlad's Theatre, 620 Spadina Ave (just south of Harbord)
6:30 family friendly folk dance workshop
7:30 intro to balfolk dance workshop (for adults / older kids)
8:00-midnight bal with live music!

Tickets $10 adv / $12 door / $5 kids under 15



BALfolkFESTnoz #2!
Friday, November 7 2014
918 Bathurst, Toronto
Tickets $10 adv / $12 door / $5 kids under 15

Click here to go to Facebook Event 

Many of you joined us on March 22nd of this year at 918 Bathurst - well we're doing it all again!

This time, we have accordion duo Alain Pennec/Sebastien Bertrand, straight from Brittany, France ... and trio Montage, from the Buffalo, NY & Shinglehouse, PA ... plus other bands including local musicians and more.

Come dance with us Friday, November 7 at 918 Bathurst in Toronto. We'll be dancing old Breton dances (get your pinky muscles working!), groovy new versions of the partner dances scottische, mazurka and waltz, and the famous dance from Auvergne: the bourrée, plus some group dances: cercle circassien and jigue chaperloise!

We've been learning/dancing these French and Breton dances in small cafes and Dufferin Grove Park for over a year and a half now in Toronto every Monday, and its time again to put on a big Bal and invite you all to join us.

6:30 - 7:15 pm ... Folk Dance workshop for Families (bring the kids!)
7:30 - 8pm ... Intro to Balfolk dances
8pm - Midnight ... Bal with live music!

Tickets $10 adv / $12 door / $5 kids under 15

Advance tickets available online!

BALfolkFESTnoz: Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 918 Bathurst, Toronto
6pm * Folk dance workshop for kids!
7:30 - midnight * Balfolk/Festnoz with dance instruction, live music, food and drink!
Food and drink catered by La Palette and Chocosol!!
Tickets available at the Hogtown Cure, 1484 Dundas St West
$10 adv / $12 door / $5 kids under 15
and online!
More info:

Balfolk/Breton Folk Dance nights are EVERY MONDAY, at The Hogtown Cure (right on the corner of Dundas and Dufferin!)

Scottish, mazurka, waltz, bourée, kost ar 'choat, gavotene, jigue, andro, hanter dro and more! These dances are originally from France and Belgium and are being danced all over western Europe.

There will be live music!

It is pay what you can!

You can drop in on one or every session. No partner or experience necessary ...

 ANNOUNCING: BACKYARD BALFOLK! Saturday July 27, 2013 in Toronto

We are hosting an afternoon/evening of workshops including:

...for dancers (with any range of no experience in folk dance to lots of experience in folk dance!)
 -Balfolk Dances (bourée d’auvergne, scottish, mazurka, an dro/hanter dro, gavotte, jigues, cercle circassian)

...for melody instruments (such as fiddle, accordion, whistles, flutes, mandolins etc)

-medium learning tempo Western European Folk Dance Tunes
-faster learning tempo Western European Folk Dance Tunes

followed by a Potluck, a concert  (while you try out the new dances you learned!), and a jam!

What is BALFOLK?! balfolk dancing is popular social dancing in western europe, a revival of traditional french folk dances. bourées, jigues, gavotte, mazurkas, scottishes ... some partner dances, some group dances ... fun and easy to learn!

2:00-3:00 Int. Western European Dance Tune Workshop
3:00-4:00 Adv. Western European Dance Tune Workshop
4:30-6:00 Balfolk Dance Workshop
6:00-7:30 Potluck BBQ
7:30-9:30 Balfolk Concert/Participatory Dancing

$20/workshop or concert
or $35 for the whole afternoon/evening!
space is limited! so sign up now to reserve your spot!

To Reserve a spot, contact Joan: 416.690.2184 or
For more information:

Some videos of how they do it in Holland ...

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