What is Balfolk?

Balfolk dancing is popular social dancing from Western Europe, a recent revival of traditional, mostly French, folk dances.

Bourrées, jigues, gavotte, mazurkas, waltzes, scottishes: some partner dances, some group dances, some snakey chain dances.They are all fun and easy to learn, you don’t need any partners or prior experience. We’ll show you how!

We always dance to live music: fiddles, accordions, clarinets, guitars and more…

Every at Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St West (at Augusta Ave), 7:30pm-10pm



Balfolk Toronto Safe Space Agreement and Anti-Harassment Policy

Building a community on respect and appreciation, and having fun through music and dance!

In order for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time at our events, it is expected that everyone treats others with respect.

*We welcome folks of all identities to Balfolk. Racist, homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, ableist, and body shaming language will not be tolerated.

*Someone of the same, different, or indeterminate gender, of any age, race, or ability has the right to ask you to dance, and you have the right to decline without giving any reason. Yes and no are equally valued here. 

*In partner dances we leave it up to you to decide together who will lead and who will follow. Or switch it up during the dance! Ensure that you and your dance partner are comfortable with the way in which you are dancing, and don’t assume which role the other would like to dance.

*We aim for all of our facilitators and and community members not to gender our dances in order to make them available and open to all who want to participate.

*Just because someone has danced a dance with you, does not mean they are looking to stay connected the whole night, go on a date with you, or more. If people ask for space after a dance, please respect their wishes. 

If someone is engaging in verbal, physical, or emotional manipulation or harassment as described by the guidelines above, they will be asked to leave.

If at any point you feel unsafe or uncomfortable as a participant, please let an organizer know. (Key Organizers: Alan Cerclier, Sophie Barclay, Emilyn Stam, Oriane Edwards, Elin Marley, Tangi Ropars). We are committed to ensuring folks feel welcome at all of our events.