Global Folk Dance Party – May 15, 3pm – 6:30pm PT

Global Folk Dance Party – Third Saturday

On May 15th, we will be having our Global Folk Dance Party, this month being joined by Steve Kotansky with a focus on dances we’ve learned from Steve and Susan. In addition, two of our friends from Florida, Pat Henderson and Bobby Quibodeaux, will be dancing from their home studio, with maybe a small group of friends dancing with them!
Info about our May Global Party is:

Date – May 15, 2021
Time – 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Pacific Time
Links – See flyer for zoom info. Also broadcast on Facebook Live.

We look forward to dancing with you this month. Please continue to send us requests, ideas, and comments on our parties; we read every message you send us.

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

By |2021-05-08T18:05:14-07:00May 8th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Lyrids/Kyklos Folk Dance Festival April 23-25 – Register Now!


co-organized by Burnaby and Kyklos International Folk Dancers

April 23 – 25, 2021 online via Zoom

Register Now for your unique Zoom link. FREE to attend!

Here is all the information about the festival you could possible want, and there is lots there!

Festival highlights include:

The two primary teachers this year are Tineke & Maurits van Geel, teaching Armenian, International and Roma dances.  In addition, we have 8 dance, singing and music workshops Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with Ahmet Luleci teaching Turkish dances, Gergana Panova-Tekath teaching Bulgarian dances and Miamon Miller teaching a Balkan musical instruments workshop (All instruments are welcome).  As well, there will be Israeli dances, seated dances, Balkan singing and drumming workshops.

At mealtimes, watch culture talks and memorable videos from past Salt Spring Island & Lyrids Folk Dance Festivals with Dale Adamson and Rosemarie Keough (founder of the Salt Spring Island folk dance festival).

You won’t want to miss our evening parties with our favourite recorded dances, and with Osem i Devet + friends playing recorded and live music.

Here’s how you can get involved and participate:

  1. Register for the […]
By |2021-04-22T13:39:05-07:00April 22nd, 2021|Armenian, Balkan, Culture, Dance, International, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|0 Comments

Global Folk Dance Party – Apr 17, 3pm – 6:30pm PT

Dear Wonderful Folk Dance Community,

We will gather on Saturday, April 17, for a party we’re calling “Double Name Dances and Other Favorites.” Come find out what we’ve got in store!

For a sneak preview, here are a few of our dances: Galyam Galyam, Zek Zek Dadumle and Rum Dum Dum.

Our guest dance leaders will be Michael Ginsburg and Melissa Miller and Lew Smith – please see below for their biographies. To attend our party, please use the link on the flyer.

Get ready to have a dazzling time dancing with your friends, lifelong and new, near and far. Hope to see you there!

Here are the guest dance leader Bios:

Lew Smith started folk dancing in 1966 and led folk dancing at UCSB in the late ’60’s and at SJSU in the early ’70’s. Lew is also a member of the Balkan band Svirači.

Melissa Miller (aka Ghanima Gaditana) has been folk dancing since childhood, and teaches and performs belly dance in the Bay Area and beyond. She also performs regularly with the band Svirači.

Michael Ginsburg has always been interested in Balkan music and dances, especially Macedonian and […]

By |2021-04-17T09:48:02-07:00April 17th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Folkothèque (Folk Dance Party) – Montreal/Ottawa – Apr 17

Folkothèque (Folk Dance Party) – Montreal/Ottawa
Saturday, 17 April – 8 pm to 9:30 pm Eastern Time

Folk Dance Party – Montreal/Ottawa – organized by the Association montréalaise des arts et des traditions populaires (AMATP)

This will be an Interprovincial Folkothèque (folk dance party) with a mix of dances from Ottawa and Montreal, led by Jocelyne Vaillancourt from Montreal and Silvia Holtop from Ottawa.

To join this event on zoom, click here.
Meeting number: 812 217 8657

The event is free.

For information about AMATP, click here. (in French)

The poster is here. (in French)

By |2021-04-11T13:37:14-07:00April 11th, 2021|Dance, International, Party|0 Comments

Ontario Folk Dance Camp Goes Virtual! – May 22

Ontario Folk Dance Camp Goes Virtual!

Saturday, May 22, 2021, 7 – 10 p.m. Eastern

Our Featured Guests Are:
Lucia Cordeiro – Brazilian Dances
Vlasto Petkovski – Macedonian Dances

7:00 – 8:00 Eastern Teaching
8:00 – 10:00 Eastern Dance Party With Various Leaders

Poster here.
Registration Link: OFDC Registration
For more information visit:

By |2021-04-04T18:45:45-07:00April 4th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

June Camp on June 4-6 – Registration is open

June Camp, the Midwest’s residential extended folk dance weekend, is moving to Zoom for 2021 and will take place on the usual weekend, June 4 – 6.
This year we will be bringing all the artistic excellence, community, and that special feeling of June Camp to you in the safety of your own home as June Camp goes online.  Join us for:

  • Workshops from 2 excellent teachers: Lee Otterholt (Balkan) and Penny Brichta (Israeli)
  • Bonus workshop and Golden Oldies with Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian)
  • The Dance Exchange, where dances you’ve requested are reviewed (request by April 12!)
  • Happy Hour-and-a-half – an informal time for singing, dancing, and socializing
  • The Hospitality Room – breakout rooms for when you don’t want to dance
  • Saturday’s dance party with Tom Pixton and friends
  • Retrospectives of past June Camps and personalities

Free registration is open now. You will receive a personalized Zoom link to attend all events.
Please support June Camp and our artists through monetary contributions. Incentives are offered.
Find further information as well as the registration link and Dance Exchange request link on the June Camp website at
Email: with questions or to join the mailing list.

By |2021-04-01T11:34:04-07:00April 1st, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Zoom’s First* and Only April Fool’s Dance Party – April 1

Zoom’s First* and Only April Fool’s Dance Party

Tonight’s the Night!

Dress up in a funny costume if you like. Dress your pet in a funny costume whether or not they like it.

Host: the big Fool, Murray Spiegel
Special Guest Fool: Lee Otterholt

>> Pass along to your friends and groups <<

TONIGHT: Thursday, April 1 Party starts: 7:30-10 PM [Eastern Time]

>> We start promptly | Recommend joining 10 mins early <<
Zoom link:
Or Zoom ID: 846 8641 6549 Password: 333333 (six 3’s)

* Hopefully, the last one too.

By |2021-04-01T09:33:52-07:00April 1st, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

Hoolyeh and Friends 13th Annual Folkdance Reunion Dance Party – May 1

Hoolyeh and Friends
13th Annual Folkdance Reunion Dance Party

Hosted in Corvalis, Oregon: 6 pm to 10 pm, Pacific Time

Our emphasis will be on Balkan dances from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
Programmed dances from 6 pm to 10 pm Pacific Time.

This event is free. It has been a yearly event for the past 12 years, except for 2020.

To attend the event and to be put on the email list, please contact Denis White, with your name and email address.

By |2021-04-01T09:27:51-07:00April 1st, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Party|0 Comments

Princeton Friday Night Folk Dance – April 30

Join Princeton dancers for a party the last Friday of each month!
Virtual International Folk Dance Party with various leaders.

Next party:
Friday, April 30, 2021, 7:30–9:30 PM ET
Party link: click here.

By |2021-03-28T16:25:38-07:00March 28th, 2021|Dance, International, Live, Party|0 Comments

The Year That Zoomed By at FACONE – March 27

The Year That Zoomed By
with Marcie Van Cleave and Ahmet Lüleci

Saturday, March 27: Noon–? ET (9am – ? PT)

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

Celebrate with us as we commemorate the anniversary of when the Folk Arts Center aired its first Saturday afternoon workshop!

Who would have thought that 52 weeks later we would still be spending Saturday afternoons dancing together? Not to mention enjoying a Thursday SOFA (Some Other Folk Arts) series. And adding a Sunday late afternoon community dance?

But here we are, so we must celebrate! We are inviting all the teachers who have graced our online stage lo all these Saturdays to join us in leading a dance party! The program will be posted on the website when completed.

You’ll have the chance to review videos of the dances before the event as demonstrated by the teachers themselves! This collection of videos are reviews of the dances that will be programmed.

Visit our shop buy access to a collection of review videos, and support FAC’s programming.

Also note the earlier start time. We know the date is not ideal, […]

By |2021-03-24T19:54:08-07:00March 24th, 2021|Balkan, Culture, Dance, Information, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

The Laguna-San Antonio Spring Festival – March 12-14

Date:  March 12 – 14, 2021

Festival Theme: “Dancing in the Sun”

This weekend!

The Laguna-San Antonio Spring Festival will hold a weekend of teaching, music, performance and dance parties!

Get your dancing shoes on for an entire weekend of non-stop dancing fun!

Registration is free.
For more information and to register please go to:

By |2021-03-09T14:26:25-08:00March 9th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, International, Live, Party, Workshop|0 Comments

Israeli Westside Classics Zoom March 14

Israeli Westside Classics
March 14, 2021: 7 pm to 9:30+ pm, Pacific Time

Joan Hantman presents this event quarterly. All dances are pre 2000 and there is a different theme each time.

The session will feature dances from Emtza Haderech, the middle of the road.which includes classic Israeli dances created in the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s. (Period wear is optional!)

To connect via Zoom:
Zoom ID: 994 374 8953
Passcode: EHClassics
IMPORTANT NOTE: When you sign in, please sign in with your name and city in order to be admitted! Names such as “iPhone 123” or “Galaxy 5”, etc. will NOT be admitted in order to help to keep our session safe and secure.

Small donations via PayPal will be accepted to help offset the cost of the larger Zoom room. You can make a gift to:

By |2021-02-20T09:49:18-08:00February 20th, 2021|Dance, Israeli, Live, Party|0 Comments

Virtual Romanian Dance Party with Camelia & Nelutu Feb 27

Camelia and Neluțu Motoc invite you to their Online “Casa Dansului Românesc” (Virtual Romanian Dance Party). Live music with the Band from Soporu de Campie – Cluj, featuring the great violinist Alexandru Ciurcui (Sandorica).

Let’s be together to share dance, music, traditions and more with old friends and new, locally and globally!

Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 7 PM – 9 PM Eastern European Time
(12 PM – 2 PM EST) (9 AM – 11 PM PST)
This virtual dance event is FREE.

If you can, please make a donation with PayPal by visiting their website:

Join us on Saturday, February 27, 2021 on

We can’t wait to dance with you!
Fondly, Cristian and Sonia

By |2021-02-27T09:52:58-08:00February 17th, 2021|Dance, Live, Party, Romanian|2 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

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

Zlatne Uste Golden Festival January 15-16 – starts tonight!

Golden Festival Online 2021

Register here!
See festival schedule here!

New York’s only music and dance festival of its kind celebrates 36 years of music and dance. For the first time, live-streamed worldwide from our homes to yours. The Festival is hosted by Zlatne Uste Brass Band and features a tapestry of musics from the Balkans and beyond.

Our 36th year shaking up NY and the world!
Join us for two nights of great Balkan Music, Dance, and Arts online.

Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band will headline, along with 30 bands and performers over two nights.

Enjoy live-streamed cybercast concerts on both nights from across the US on our stages.   Live-streamed dance instruction on Friday evening!  Great live and pre-recorded music videos both nights.

Discover unique crafts and food in our Virtual Charshiya marketplace (opening Dec. 6, 2020), as well as interactive gatherings, workshops and demos during the festival.

Tickets:  Register in advance, or during festival, for link to the live stream.
Suggested donation:   $25 for both nights’ access – no minimum.     

All proceeds from the festival will be donated to charitable or educational organizations related to Balkan culture and communities.

More info:
General […]

By |2021-01-15T11:24:08-08:00January 15th, 2021|Balkan, Dance, Live, Music, Party, Singing, Workshop|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
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