Dances from Brittany and Albania with Sibylle Helmer at FACONE Feb 20

Dances from Brittany and Albania
with Sibylle Helmer

Saturday, February 20: 2–4:00pm EST

Online via Zoom – To benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England

Sibylle Helmer has been teaching for more than 30 years in the international folk dance world, especially in the Netherlands but also in Belgium, England, Austria, Italy and Canada. She attends workshops of various teachers at home and abroad in order to keep up with the latest developments and continuously increase her knowledge. With her foundation, she organizes workshops, courses and festivals in the Netherlands with teachers from the Netherlands and abroad.

After her studies to become a French and Dutch language teacher, she stayed for six months in Paris as an au-pair. It was there where she first encountered Breton music and dance. Many summers after that, she went to Brittany for courses and festivals and thus her first specialty, Breton dance, was born.

Since 2010 she has been going to Albania regularly to learn more about that country’s dance, culture, history, and language. And so now she has developed her second specialty: Albanian dance. This week’s workshop will feature dances from […]

By |2021-02-16T14:44:02-08:00February 16th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Mainewoods Dance Camp 2021 – A Virtual Day at Camp Feb 13

Mainewoods Dance Camp

Just one week away!
A Virtual Day at Camp
Saturday, February 13, 2021
beginning at 11am EST
Meeting ID: 869 9258 6607
Passcode: 257715

There’s loads of dancing!
3 workshops, a review, an evening party and late night dancing!
Send us 2 or 3 dance requests for the evening Dance Party and/or Late Night Dancing.

and more ways to have fun:
A culture corner, Singing and making music, and cooking!
Sing and play along to Dobra Nevesco, Opincuta, and Tragnala Rumjana with Debby Szajnberg. The link to the music is

Make a Romanian dinner with recipes from our chef, Riki, who has offered many recipes for your Virtual Day.

and even more ways to have fun!

Make a video of a folk dance being done in snow shoes or swim fins. Be creative! Any folk dance will do but you will get extra points for including a grapevine. Videos due ASAP. Copy your video into this folder.

Chat with folks in dinner time breakout rooms. We’ll create new breakout rooms for each course, so you can choose whether to come for Mocktails and Cocktails, Main […]

By |2021-02-05T14:15:50-08:00February 5th, 2021|Culture, Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Steve Kotansky at FACONE Jan 30

Kolos and Konversation
with Steve Kotansky

Saturday, January 30, 2–4:00pm EST

Online via Zoom – To benefit the Folk Arts Center of New England

Steve will present an afternoon of kolos for all “kolo maniacs” of yore with a focus on “Old Tyme Kolos” as they still survive in Hungary and Vojvodina. We will revisit old favorites such as Veliko Kolo, Kukunješće, Gajdaško, Malo Bunjevačko Kolo, and others. The presentation will including film materials.

Steve Kotansky danced with the prestigious AMAN Folk Ensemble plus many other groups, before becoming a dance major at the University of California at Los Angeles. He made his first research trip to Hungary and former Yugoslavia in 1970. While living in Germany for a number of years, Steve took advantage of his proximity to Balkan and Eastern European countries to pursue the study and research of their dances. He also lived in Bucovina for a while learning local folklore.

Most recently, Steve has been researching Albanian and Roma dance from the Diaspora and continues his work and research in Balkan and Central European countries. He is particularly interested in dance culture as it […]

By |2021-01-29T22:23:04-08:00January 29th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Welcome Chinese New Year with San Diego folk dancers – Feb 6

San Diego Folk Dance Center Prepares to Welcome Chinese New Year!

February 6, 2021, 6:30pm to 10pm Pacific Time

Out with the Rat and in with Ox! Let’s prepare to welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Ox with some Chinese dances!
Also featuring Gail Wilson’s favorites and lots of Steve Kotansky dances!

  • 6:30 p.m PT: Social time, and Zoom audio and video checks
  • 7:00 p.m PT: Kin and Chin will teach us Chinese dances for the upcoming Chinese New Year. Then we’ll be highlighting favorite dances of Gail Wilson, our featured member of the night, as well as Steve Kotansky dances. What a great mix!
  • Request dancing at the end as host and time allow.

To connect, go to the San Diego Folk Dance Center website Newsletter at: Scroll down the page to “Join Zoom Meeting” and click on the link.

See you there!
Chin Yu and Kin Ho

By |2021-02-01T12:49:32-08:00January 25th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Brazil Balkan/International Dance Workshop with Ira – Jan 30

Brazil Balkan/International Dance Workshop in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Saturday, January⋅ 30

1 – 3 pm ET

Local (Rio de Janeiro) time: 3 pm  5 pm Brasilia Standard Time

Ira Weisburd is teaching a 2-hour Balkan/International Dance Workshop in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Ira says:  You are all welcome to join me and dancers from Brazil and around the World at this very special workshop.  To join and get the special ZOOM link, email Anna De Jesus at:  or Silvia Baldino at:

By |2021-01-24T18:47:50-08:00January 24th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Events coming up! Feb thru June!

Mainewoods Dance Camp February 13, 2021
Spring Festival March 12-14, 2021
World Camp March 18-21, 2021
NFO Conference April 7-11, 2021
Lyrids/Kyklos Festival April 23-25, 2021
June Camp June 4-6, 2021
Scandia Camp June 11, 2021
By |2021-01-29T22:39:08-08:00January 23rd, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party, Scandinavian, Workshop|0 Comments

Princeton Friday Night Folk Dance Virtual Party! Last Fridays

Join Princeton dancers for a party the last Friday of each month!

Next party:
Friday, January 29, 2021, 7:30–9:30 PM ET
Party link:

By |2021-01-16T17:44:18-08:00January 16th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Zoom dancing in San Antonio Tuesdays Update 7-8pm CT

San Antonio Folk Dancers are continuing their Zoom dancing this Tuesday 7-8pm CT. “Doors” open around 6:45pm.

San Antonio Folk Dancers Meet Tuesdays 7-8pm (Doors open at 6:45 pm):

The link below will be valid through the end of March.
Click here for Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 852 5527 0704
Passcode: 320045

After 8 pm we may dance more if there some want to stay longer.

By |2021-01-15T16:14:53-08:00January 15th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Riki’s International and Israeli dancing – Thursdays 8pm ET

We dance in a huge and beautiful space in what used to be a church. It’s two hours of international folk dances, including many Israeli dances.  I usually teach just one dance in a session. Also, during the two hours we have a short break with some sit-down-dancing.

To get the link to the zoom event please send an email to 

Weekly on Thursdays, 8-10pm ET
By |2021-01-12T15:23:01-08:00January 12th, 2021|Dance, International, Israeli, Live|0 Comments

Folk Arts Center of New England Updates Jan 2021

Saturday, January 16
2:00 – 4:00pm ET
Scandinavian Dances for Covid Times with Roo Lester

Some find Scandinavian music and dance to be lyrical and flowing. Others find it to have drive and passion. Come on Saturday and decide for yourself.

Join us for some non-partner, Covid-friendly dances to lovely and fun Norwegian and Swedish music. All of the dances can be done in spaces – small or large, carpeted or not – with limited turning. For more information about Roo and her workshop visit the event page.

Thursday, January 21
7:00 – 8:30pm ET
FAC Game Show: Souvenir Sleuth

We are excited to present the first-ever FAC Game Show: Souvenir Sleuth, in which teams compete to identify souvenir objects acquired by FAC friends in their travels. Visit the event page for more details.

There are multiple ways to enjoy the evening. Submit a souvenir and tell its story! Participate as a team member and play the guessing game! Watch from the audience and swap travel stories!

By |2021-01-12T15:17:29-08:00January 12th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

National Folk Organization Conference April 7-11 – Dance Leaders needed!

April 7-11, 2021, the National Folk Organization is holding their yearly conference virtually.

As part of that free online event, in addition to fascinating programming on folk dance as well many other kinds of folk crafts and traditions, there will be evening dance parties. You are invited to be part of those dance parties!

We are looking for individuals and groups to lead dances  on Zoom the evenings of  April 8, 9, and 10.

  • Lead dances (15 minutes, total)
  • All types of ethnic and traditional dances are welcome
  • Followable material
  • Experts will help you with your music & sound

You can use recorded or live music – either with musicians present, or dancing to a video made by musicians (we can help you match to live music if you wish).

Reply to us via this Google Form as soon as feasible, and no later than February 15, 2021.

If there is an overabundance of responses, priority will be given to current NFO members.

Please spread the word to others who might be interested. If you have questions, contact .

Mady Newfield
for the NFO 2021 Conference Dance Parties Committee

By |2021-01-12T14:41:17-08:00January 12th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Global Folk Dance Party – Jan 16, 3pm – 6:30pm PT

We made it to 2021! Time to celebrate with a dance party

  • Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
  • Times: 3:00pm to 6:30pm, Pacific Time Zone, check google to see what time it is where you live
  • Where: Online using Zoom,

Information on Facebook is here.
Flyer here with working links.

We made it – it’s 2021.   So….. time for a dance party!   We hope to see you on Saturday January 16 from 3:00-6:30pm US Pacific time. We will be celebrating the dances of Atanas Kolarovski with Fusae Carroll.   The after party will be hosted by Paul Collins and friends.  Please see the attached flyers for further information.  Please reply if you have any  dance requests and/or any questions.   Alicia La Fetra, Lisa Michael and Stacy Rose will be happy to answer anything you need to know about our dance party, we are the communications branch of the Global Folk Dance Team.We look forward to a lovely party on January 16.  Hope to see you there.

The Global Folk Dance Team


  • Then.. join everybody at the Party right after […]
By |2021-01-11T16:28:58-08:00January 11th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Alexandria Folk Dancers meet on every third Thursdays

Alexandria Folk Dancers

Next meeting: Thursday, 21 January, 7:30 – 9pm ET

Join Zoom Meeting
Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID: 922 1653 6965
Passcode: 483135

Eclectic mix of IFD, with occasional teaching or review as needed.
Leaders: Patricia Williams, Eileen Shropshire, guest leaders.

We meet every third Thursday of the month. Contact  for the next date, to be added to the mailing list, and/or with requests.

There is no charge to join.

By |2021-01-09T10:58:33-08:00January 9th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

San Diego Folk Dance Center’s Dance Session Jan 9

San Diego Folk Dance Center International Dance

Saturday, January 9, 6:30pm to 10pm PT

Come dance with us this evening!
Hosted by Chin Yu

6:30 p.m. – Social time and Zoom computer ,camera, and audio checks.
7:00 p.m. — Teaching starts, followed by a program of international dance.
Request dancing at the end of the program if time allows.
10:00-ish p.m. Usual program end time, but depends on who’s still dancing.

To join our Zoom dance session,

  1. go to the San Diego Folk Dance Center’s website/Newsletter page,
  2. scroll down to “Join Zoom Meeting,”
  3. and click on the Zoom link there.

Here’s the link to the Newsletter page:

Cost: Free

Please join us for San Diego Folk Dance Center’s international and line-dance sessions!  We dance twice a month on irregular Saturdays, 6:30pm to 10 or 11pm, trying to work around other big events in the international dance world. For schedule and information and to get on our mailing list, please contact John Knapp at .

By |2021-01-08T22:30:47-08:00January 8th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Jaap Leegwater at Friday Night L.I.F.E. Dancing Jan 8

Hey Party People! Be sure to update to Zoom 5.4.7, if you have yet to do so.

Friday Night L.I.F.E. virtual teaching/dancing session (continuing since 3/27/20). This is week 45 of our virtual adventures!
Time: Friday 08:00-10:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) every week, until we return home to LA Dancefit!

***On January 8th, 2021, we are happy to bring you, live from The Netherlands (at 5am), Jaap Leegwater. Jaap is known worldwide for his fun teaching and having introduced dances including Karamfil, Dobrudžanska Pandela, and Mari Marijko. He began his dance career in The Netherlands, where he earned one of his degrees in international folk dance, specializing in Bulgarian folk dance and choreography. Jaap studied at the State Choreographer’s school in Sofia and Plovdiv, living there for two years; he regularly returns to Bulgaria to update his studies and make new recordings.

Sherry Cochran, Joan Hantman, and Tom Bozigian and Sheree King will be on hand for this special evening. We will open the doors at 7:45pm with warmup dances. Jaap will start just after 8pm and teach for most of the evening.

Accompanying Jaap when he returns to review on January 29th will be accordionist Jan Wollring, whom we met […]

By |2021-01-08T14:57:03-08:00January 8th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Workshop|0 Comments

Sophie Poster’s Remembrance Zoom – Jan 17

Sophia Poster 1919-2020

On December 5, 2020 we lost a force of nature. While we hope to have an in-person celebration after the pandemic (Sophia loved parties!), for now, we will celebrate Sophia Poster together virtually. Please join us.

Sunday, January 17, 2021, 11am PST
to share our memories of Sophia via Zoom.

We will forward more information and the link in the coming weeks.

By |2021-01-09T10:50:17-08:00January 1st, 2021|Dance, International, Live|0 Comments

Princeton Virtual Holiday Party Jan 1

Virtual Holiday Party!
Friday, January 1, 2021, 7:30–10:00 PM ET
Party link:

By |2020-12-31T20:55:23-08:00December 31st, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

2021 NYE Sea to Sea – Music Dancing Games and More!

It’s a New Year’s Eve EXTRAVAGANZA, with multiple tracks of programming and 20+ groups z00ming from locations all across North America and beyond.

Dance, listen, and jam to the wondrous music! Laugh, sing, play games, and hang out!
Toast with us to 2021 across FIVE midnights!

More information and register here:

Check out the schedule here.

Looks amazing!

By |2020-12-30T17:55:37-08:00December 30th, 2020|Dance, English, International, Live, Music, Party, Scandinavian, Scottish, Singing|0 Comments

New Year’s Eve International Folk Dance Party 10:00pm PT

The New Year 2021 approaches (and none too soon!) and 2020 will soon be behind us!
Come say hi to Loui who is emceeing the New Year’s Party on December 31st at 10:00 pm PT. There will be dance leaders from all over the Bay Area helping us give 2021 a big welcome.

10:00 -12:30 (more or less) Thursday night, December 31.
Log in by 9:45 to chat for a bit before the dancing begins.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 957 5454 0536


By |2020-12-30T16:51:24-08:00December 26th, 2020|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Online New Year’s Eve Party with Roberto – Dec 31

With 2020 winding down to a close, let’s celebrate all together
the arrival of the new year in an special folk dance party.
Let’s start the New Year keeping our Folk Dance Community
connected to both the music and the dances we all love.
A new way to share and be together while still apart!

Thursday December 31st starting at 9.30pm CET
3.30pm EST (Eastern) & 12.30pm PST (Pacific)

Join the Party on Zoom to see others taking part and chat
Meeting ID: 312 594 1469

The Party is free.
Please spread the word. Share it with your folk dance friends.

Looking forward to staying in touch and seeing everybody


By |2020-12-26T15:05:00-08:00December 26th, 2020|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments
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