That’s not actually quite how the song goes, but I hope you get my drift. Cygnet has a full and full-on dance programme, for everyone.

We ask the festival’s top bands to play for our dances and give you a smorgasbord of different dances to enjoy. This is our biggest dance programme yet – 24 different dances over the weekend. You don’t need to bring a partner or have any dancing experience, just come along and have fun. As Sarah, one of our most prolific callers, says “2 left feeters welcome”.

image2Dancing can be quite a workout, so bring a water bottle and some sensible shoes (street shoes are fine).

Most of the dances are in the Town Hall, a venue with a great wooden dance floor, although we are branching outdoors and have our Bush Dance Al Fresco in Loongana Park on Sunday with the HOT String band.

Of course, even if you don't want to dance you're very welcome to come along and watch and listen. The music is fabulous and features some of the festival’s headline acts.

image3We kick off with klezmer dancing to the energetic and joyfully unrestrained music of Meyers and McNamara at 7pm on Friday, and go right through to Sunday night, finishing in a Balkan Fire with Faith i Branko (Serbia/UK). In between, dare to discover how to dance contra with the Black Swans of Trespass, the Railsplitters (Colorado) and Moonshine Whiskers and the Ragged Pony, jig and reel till you drop with not one, but two, high energy Irish Ceilis with Ewen Baker (Friday) and John John Festival (Saturday), learn some fascinating, social and beautiful Scandinavian dances with Duo Akerlund and sCanDans, dare to be square with One Up, Two Down and the Button Collective, then swing your thing with the Moonlight Aviators and the Band Who Knew Too Much. Strut your stuff with Tango by La Busca, ignite your passion with Flamenco to Alma Salero, bring out your Balkan Gypsy rhythm with Xenos, go bush with the Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble, Morris on with the Jolley Hatters and dance with the Devils and Van Diemen’s Angels.

Bruce MolskySaturday night finishes off with our Old Time Dance Party with the stellar Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, led by Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents”.

Groove, break, jive and shake. For ages 1 to 100, get ready to CHEZA! Mpaphi Nfandizo and Suzie Mzuri are purveyors of easy-going African township music and dance with a contemporary play on musical arrangement, dance choreography and songlines from its folklore roots.

For more details, see the dance programme listing below, and the listings under individual artists.

Dancing is great exercise, an easy way to meet people, good for all ages, great for your mental and physical health, releases those endorphins, blows away the cobwebs and the blues, makes you laugh, burns off those calories, builds social capital and increases the joy in the world! Come and join us. You’ll be wondering why it took you so long.

 

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