Bal folk is like a French/Western European version of a ceilidh, and is open to everybody. Informal and fun atmosphere guaranteed! You can simply come to listen to the great music, or move your body on the dance floor – there are basic steps for each of the dances, but these can be learnt very quickly during the bal, so a will to have some fun dancing on French folk music is everything which is required!

We invite professional musicians from Scotland and abroad to play for us at Bal Folk / Ceilidh every 3-4 months. Great music and friendly dancers, these events are lots of fun!
And in order for everybody to be ready and make the most of these events, we also hold regular dance workshops during which you will learn how to dance the main bal folk dances, as well as traditional dances from many European countries.

Edinbal Dance Workshops: A Dance Tour of Europe

Fortnightly class at the Home of Scotland’s Culture!
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR Édimbourg

Dates for your diary:

Wed 17th January: Warm-up workshop

Edinbal’s dance workshop series, “A Dance Tour of Europe”, is kicking off the year with a warm-up workshop! Keep out the wintry blues with a selection of energetic and exciting dances from across the continent. We will be revisiting some of the dances we learned in the last year, as well as exploring some new ones. And to finish, we will have a bit of informal social dancing. Everyone is very welcome, no prior experience or partner needed.

Wed 31st January

Wed 7th February

Wed 21st February

Wed 7th March

Wed 21st March

All workshops are independent from each other and are suitable for complete beginners, with a mixture of taught dances, social dancing and live music.

Tickets (£5/£3) are available online http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/8644/edinbal-dance-workshops-a-dance-tour-of-europe or at the door.

Below are a few dances often seen in bal folk:



Circassian circle:


Bourrée 2 temps:


Rond de Saint Vincent (Breton):