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About Virmalised

The foundation for “Virmalised” was laid in folk dance performances dating back to 1934, with the name “Virmalised (Northern Lights)” being adopted by the Group in 1969, representing our connection to our Estonian roots in the Northern Hemisphere and the extraordinary visual spectacle the aurora borealis display as they dance across the night sky.

The group is currently led by Rhys Maidla and currently comprises approximately 20 participants. Sydney Virmalised continue to carry on the cultural traditions and dances of Estonia with a contemporary twist, contributing to the diversity of multicultural artistic expression within Australia.

The repertoire of the Group includes traditional dances, but also incorporates newer dances as they are developed in Estonia. Musicians “Salmiakki Pelimannit” (Finnish for Salty Liquorice Folk Musicians) provide occasional live musical accompaniment at performances. The Group performs in our traditional Estonian National Costumes known as Rahvariided, which are strikingly colourful, many and varied depending on regional origin and period in history when they were developed.

Dancers and interested individuals of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join Virmalised and help contribute to our rich and varied history that continues to grow and develop.


Esmaspäeviti, kell 19:00 – 20:30 / Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Following the school term, taking breaks during school holidays

If you wish to contact us or become a member please email Virmalised at sydney.virmalised@gmail.com

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