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, on Friday 9 April at 6.30pm in the Titirangi War Memorial 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 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 taking place from Sat 20 February to Sun 23 May and delving into the story of Te Ana Ru cave, known as ‘the ballroom cave’.

Following the New Moon Folk Ball, on Saturday 10th April 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 with a special performance in the exhibition.

Image: Dylan Horrocks (detail)

Friday 9 April, 6.30-9pm
Titirangi War Memorial Hall | Tickets from AAF

20 February - 06 June 2021