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 7 Jun: Bal Folk

For the final dance workshop of the series “A dance tour of Europe” before the season finale, EdinBal will take you back where it all started!

Come and learn or improve your Bal Folk moves, from delicate partner dancing skills to variations you can throw in any group dance!

Wed 21 Jun: Summer finale Special

From social and energetic dances from Brittany or joyful group dances from the Basque country, to warm, exuberant Southern Italian dances or smooth couplings from France, this series will take you on a folk dance tour of Europe!

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

Book tickets (£5/£3 (conc)): http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/4593/edinbal-dance-workshops-a-dance-tour-of-europe

Below a few dances often seen in bal folk:



Circassian circle:


Bourrée 2 temps:


Rond de Saint Vincent (Breton):