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Perth International Dance

PID is an incorporated association that exists to

  • Promote, teach and encourage the art of folk dancing in Western Australia,
  • Collect and record folk dances from diverse ethnic groups and cultures,
  • Collect and record folk dance music and
  • Perform folk dances and maintain folk dance as a part of the Western Australian culture.

Our Rules of Association

We run various regular dance sessions, short courses and workshops around Perth, and our teachers are active in schools, private parties and festivals.

And we welcome dancers who share our love of ethnic dance.


If you'd like to join us as we promote international folk dance in Western Australia, we'd be delighted.

Membership costs $25 ($20 unwaged) per year, and members receive a discount on many of our events and dance sessions.

There is a $2 discount for our regular Saturday morning and Monday evening sessions.

We are an incorporated association and so have some formalites that must be followed. You must fill out a membeship application form, and the application must be proposed, seconded and passed at our committee meeting. Talk to one of the organisers at a PID event for the full story.

Our history

In late 1975, Bob and Chris Sutton started dances with a few friends. In 1976 the informal get-togethers developed into a Monday evening dance session at a hall in Museum Street, Perth (since demolished).

Also in late 1975, Eve Blair arrived in Perth with her husband David, and was keen to share folk dances she had learnt in the USA. She joined the group in 1976, sharing the dance teaching with Chris Sutton.

Chris subsequently returned to her homeland, Sweden, and Eve continue for many years as the sole teacher.

In September 1987 the group was incorporated as Perth International Folk Dance Group Inc., a not-for-profit with the aims stated above.

In 2019, our original constitution was replaced by new Rules of Association to meet new requirements for not-for-profit organisations. The new Rules were endorsed by the members on 18 March 2019, and approved and came into effect on 30 April 2019.

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