New Moon Folk Ball

A night of celebratory social dance in the vibrant folk tradition of the village fête and the raucous city dance-hall.

The New Moon Folk Ball is an event that will honour the long tradition of social dance associated with West Auckland, particularly the Whatipu Cave dances that took place on the western coast at various times during the last century.

Master-of-dance Michael Parmenter will provide instruction to enable you to safely navigate the rooftop floor with confidence and freedom. 

With the support of a thrilling live band, the evening will consist of simple and clearly led circle, contra- and partner dances from various traditions, enabling you to rediscover the joy and rich conviviality to be experienced when we dance together.

The New Moon Folk Ball is presented in association with The Thrum of the Tide, an exhibition at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery taking place from Sat 20 Feb to Sun 23 May and delving into the story of Te Ana Ru cave, known as 'the ballroom cave'. 

Prior to the New Moon Folk Ball, at 4.30pm, contemporary dance stalwarts Michael Parmenter and Claire O’Neil will perform four of the most popular partner dances of the 19th century. 

Image: Dylan Horrocks (detail)

Saturday 13 March 2021, 6.30pm
Lopdell House rooftop

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