FDFest ’23 Goldie Mill Ruins

FDFest is a summer dance festival that brings people from all walks of life together for a fun and entertaining time outdoors. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy dancing with family and friends, while also experiencing the healing power of dance.
What to expect: Free & Paid Dance workshops, Live Salsa Band, Social Dancing
When: Saturday, June 17th, 2023 | from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Son De La Guayra plays @ 5:30 pm. Buy your tickets below!
Fees: $55.00 per person (all afternoon)  •  Early bird tickets available
Please scroll down for the Days Schedule. Let’s Dance!

Free (outside Goldie Mill dance space)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
– coming soon
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – coming soon
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – coming soon
5:00 om to 9:00 pm – enjoy the festival from outside the Mill

Paid (inside Goldie Mill Ruins  dance space)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – coming soon
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm –  coming soon
5:00 pm to 5:00 pm –  coming soon
5:00 pm to 5:30 pm – performances
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Social Dancing to Live Music by Son De La Guayra (2 sets)

Please read through each page of the Festival Guide to understand unique details regarding Parking, What to Bring, and What to Expect.  Also, please read through the FAQ section. If any of your questions are unanswered, please send us a message and we will get back to you.  Cheers! 

Thank you for choosing to join us for FDFest 2022, at the Goldie Mill. We are 100% sure that we will have a tremendous amount of fun listening to some great live latin music, hanging out, and dancing together. 

FDFest 2022 offers free and paid dance workshops to everyone who loves Latin Music and dancing.  As many of you know, all our FDFest events for the last 10 plus year have been primarily supported by the many volunteers who attend the Flying Dance Community’s events, dance artist from the area, from Hamilton, London, Toronto, and sponsorships from local businesses. 

Little by little, we have grown into a solid dance community that loves to share the healing arts of dance with everyone around us. We now are a bigger, stronger, dance family (that survived covid in thanks to it’s members).

To help manage our growing costs, we fundraise FDFest by hosting the Moonlight Dancing events through the summer at the Royal City Park.  We also accept support from our dance community via donation, or you sharing & bringing your friends to our events.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.  My cell:  519.830.0016.  I, and we all look forward to seeing you over the long August weekend.

Nico & the FDFest/FDComm Team


  • A padded out-door dance floor
    – The portable dance floor will be set up in the Mill, under the open sky and next to the stage (ladies, you can use your heels).  
    Since we are outdoors, we suggest flat comfortable shoes for dancing, as well as walking around the park
  • Kids Cafe
    We will host fun games and dances for kids ages 6 – 15 yrs
    please note: no Kids Cafe in 2022.  Next year

  • 5 different dance / movement workshops to begin or enhance your dance skills
    Over our 1 day festival, you can explore the most popular social dance styles taught from around the world.  
  • Drum circle 
    Hosted on Sunday afternoon to kickoff the event 
  • please note: we will also skip the drum circle this year.  Next year
  • Tour / explore and enjoy our beautiful downtown Guelph
    Extensive walking, nature trails by the river and rail track.
    Take a break from dancing, and explore the downtown Guelph (less than 5 minutes walk). 

Goldie Mill Park at the northeast corner of Cardigan and Norwich streets and on the west bank of the Speed River in the city of Guelph. This three-storey limestone building, now a ruin, was constructed in 1866 (read more).

– One hour west from Toronto
– One hour East from London, Ontario
– 45 minutes north from Hamilton

Name: Goldie Mill  (other names): Wellington Mills / People’s Mills
Address: 70 Norwich Street
Cardigan Street 
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H 8E2
GPS Coordinates:  43°33’00.7 N    80°15’12.4 W

  • Water
    This year, we will be selling bottled water. We also recommend you bring your own water vessel (a large bottle if you can, it’s important to hydrate constantly when dancing)
  •  First Aid / Medical
    The team is available to assist with any first aid/medical situations that might arise. More details to follow……
  •  Coverage
    Downtown Guelph has very good cell phone coverage, though we do encourage you to try and unplug from your daily lives. Connect with nature, meet new and old friends, and enjoy the outdoors.  
  •  Info Booth / Lost & Found
    Volunteers from our community will be there to help you navigate the festival, provide you information about the workshops and instructors teaching them. You will also find the Lost & Found at the Info Booth

[to be updated soon]

Please read our FAQ section.  Reach out to us if you have any questions in the form below, cheers!

Nahko And Medicine For The People

“As storytellers, we turn the experience into something shared. We are taking to that great road again to bring our medicine to you. Naming this tour the ‘Take Your Power Back Tour’ felt entirely appropriate given the state of the planet and all Her creatures great and small. Women of wonder and potent poetry will join us on that fall road. Ayla Nereo brings her big medicine to half of this tour and Nattali Rize brings her big power to the other half. We can already feel the high vibe container, a congregation cultivating a safe space for transmission and reconciliation. Tears and laughter. Movement and medicine. Arrive at our gathering this fall with whatever shape your heart is in. Full, broken, in pieces, strong, hopeful, hurting, overflowing, all of it. We’ll help best we can. It’s us. Together. We’ll see you there, familia.” – Nahko
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