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Welcome to the home page of Folk Dance Association. Since 1970, we've helped both newcomers and experienced dancers find places to do folk dance, contra dance, square dance, Balkan dance, ballroom dance, cajun dance, clog dance, English country dance, international dance, Israeli dance, Scottish country dance, swing dance, vintage dance, zydeco dance and all other types of traditional dance and ethnic dance as a rewarding hobby,  as an excellent way to keep fit, as a great way to make new friends and as a recreation for the entire family. We've also helped folk dancers find places to dance during trips and advertise folk dance events and folk dance services. We publish this on-line directory of folk dance groups, folk dance events and folk dance activities in the US and Canada.

The four building blocks of Folk Dance Association are: The Calendar, The Directory, The Library and The Bureau.

  • The Calendar lists over a thousand camps, cruises, festivals, teachers, tours, vendors, weekends and workshops.
  • The Directory displays class and session listings featuring all types of folk dance throughout the United States and Canada.
  • The Library presents hundreds of articles, essays and web sites to help increase your knowledge of folk dance.
  • The Bureau explains how to list information about your classes, sessions, events and other affairs.
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    3. The Directory

    4. The Library

    5. The Bureau

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    10. Contact Us

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    How To List Anything In Folk Dance Association     Top Of Page

    A complete 2003 class, session, camp, cruise, festival, teacher, tour, vendor, week, weekend or workshop listing in the Folk Dance Association web site costs just $15.00 (U. S. funds) for the entire year.

    A complete 2004 class, session, camp, cruise, festival, teacher, tour, vendor, week, weekend or workshop listing in the Folk Dance Association web site costs just $20.00 (U. S. funds) for the entire year.

    A complete 2005 class, session, camp, cruise, festival, teacher, tour, vendor, week, weekend or workshop listing in the Folk Dance Association web site costs just $25.00 (U. S. funds) for the entire year.

    A web site, periodical, publication, directory or contact person listing in the Folk Dance Association web site is always free of charge.

    Here's what you must do to list a class, session, special event, teacher, vendor, web site, periodical, publication or contact person on the Folk Dance Association web site:

    1) Camps & Weeks. To list a camp or a week for which you're a responsible party, please go to Listing a Camp or Week or Fee For Each Camp Or Week Listing. To see what camps and weeks have been registered with us, please go to Folk Dance Camps And Weeks. To list a camp or a week for which you're NOT a responsible party, please go to Suggesting an Event.
    2) Cruises & Tours. To list a cruise or a tour for which you're a responsible party, please go to Listing a Cruise or Tour or Fee For Each Cruise Or Tour Listing. To see what cruises and tours have been registered with us, please go to Folk Dance Cruises And Tours. To list a cruise or a tour for which you're NOT a responsible party, please go to Suggesting an Event.
    3) Festivals & Workshops. To list a festival or a workshop for which you're a responsible party, please go to Listing a Festival or Workshop or Fee For Each Festival Or Workshop Listing. To see what festivals and workshops have been registered with us, please go to Folk Dance Festivals And Workshops. To list a festival or a workshop for which you're NOT a responsible party, please go to Suggesting an Event.
    4) Weekends. To list a weekend for which you're a responsible party, please go to Listing a Weekend or Fee For Each Weekend Listing. To see what weekends have been registered with us, please go to Folk Dance Weekends. To list a weekend for which you're NOT a responsible party, please go to Suggesting an Event.
    5) Classes & Sessions. To list a class or session for which you're a responsible party, please go to Listing a Class Or Session or Fee For Each Class Or Session Listing. To list a class or session for which you're NOT a responsible party, please go to Suggesting a Group.
    6) Teachers. To list yourself as a teacher, please go to Listing a Teacher or Fee For Each Teacher Listing. To see which teachers have registered with us, please go to Folk Dance Teachers. To list a teacher OTHER THAN yourself, please go to Suggesting a Teacher.
    7) Vendors. To list yourself as a vendor, please go to Listing a Vendor or Fee For Each Vendor Listing. To see which vendors have registered with us, please go to Folk Dance Vendors. To list a vendor OTHER THAN yourself, please go to Suggesting a Vendor.
    8) Web Sites. To list a web site, periodical, publication, directory or contact person, please go to Suggesting a Link
    9) Opinions. To express your opinions, please go to Feedback, Guestbook, Forum or Chat Room.

    On each of the above pages, you'll find a form calling for the exact information we need to construct a correct listing for you. (We CANNOT prepare a listing for you unless you submit ALL requested information. We'll be glad to speak with you and answer any questions you may pose ONLY if you provide your phone number, city and state/province; we answer all inquiries by telephone, not by mail or email.) Fill out the form and submit it to us. If any fees are due, please send them via check payable in U.S. funds to Folk Dance Association (along with a copy of whatever you emailed to us). Our mailing address is Folk Dance Association, PO Box 300500, Brooklyn, NY 11230-0500. Your listing will appear on our web site within a couple of days.

    About Us     Top Of Page

    Folk Dance Association provides services and information for dancers, teachers, leaders and groups throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world.

    From 1970 to 1979, we published Folk Dance Directory. It was edited by Raymond La Barbera and was the first widely circulated, nationwide directory of folk dance classes, sessions, products, services and activities. From 1972 to 1973, we published Folk Dance Magazine. It was edited by Raymond La Barbera and Steve Zalph (originally called New York Folk Dance News) and was a magazine providing folk dance articles, interviews and a calendar of national events. From 1975 to 1979, we published Mixed Pickles. It was edited by Raymond La Barbera and was the first widely circulated tabloid newspaper devoted to folk dance throughout the United States and Canada.

    Currently, we maintain a 200-page web site, a major part of which is Folk Dance Directory, designed to enable folk dance groups, teachers and leaders to make their activities widely known to potential, new and experienced folk dancers throughout the world. Our web site is a large one containing detailed listings of over 3,000 folk dance groups and over 1,000 special events taking place throughout the U.S. and Canada. We also list over 200 folk dance articles and essays. We are constantly in the process of adding new items and welcome over 70,000 visitors each year.

    We’ve won the top position with virtually every search engine on the Internet. This includes search engines like: 1Blink, 37.com, 7MetaSearch, Alexa, AllTheWeb, AltaVista, AOL, Ask Jeeves, Dmoz, Dogpile, EuroSeek, ExactSeek, Excite, Go, Google, Hotbot, Infonetware, Ithaki, Ixquick, KartOO, Looksmart, Lycos, Mamma, MetaCrawler, MetaEureka, MetaGopher, Moonmist, MSN, MyPetGenius, NBCi, Netscape, Overture, OzSearch, ProFusion, QuickBrowse, Search, SurfWax, Teoma, Thunderstone, Vivisimo, WebCrawler, Websquash, Widow, WiseNut and Yahoo. For example, if you use Google to search for web sites dealing with folk dance, you get a list of well over a million hits. Guess what? Folk Dance Association is the very first result. This means our listings will definitely reach many thousands of people and prove to be extremely effective.

    About Folk Dance     Top Of Page

    By folk dance, we mean ballroom dance, Balkan dance, Cajun dance, clog dance, contra dance, English country dance, international dance, Irish dance, Israeli dance, Morris dance, Scottish country dance, Southern Mountain big circle dance, swing dance, sword dance, tap dance, turning dance, traditional square dance, vintage dance, western square dance, Zydeco dance and all other forms of traditional and ethnic dance. By folk dancer, we mean someone who frequently, sometimes or occasionally attends a dance involving one or more of the types of dance listed above.

    The Calendar     Top Of Page

    We have listings of well over 1,000 folk dance special events of all types taking place throughout the United States and Canada from 2001 all the way to 2010.

    If you'd like to find out what folk dance camps and weeks are planned to take place up to 2010, please come visit the Folk Dance Camps and Weeks page of Folk Dance Directory. If you're the sponsor of a folk dance camp or week and would like to have it listed in Folk Dance Directory, please come visit the Listing a Camp or Week page and fill out the Listing a Camp or Week form you'll find there.

    If you'd like to find out what folk dance cruises and tours are planned to take place up to 2010, please come visit the Folk Dance Cruises and Tours page of Folk Dance Directory. If you're the sponsor of a folk dance cruise or tour and would like to have it listed in Folk Dance Directory, please come visit the Listing a Cruise or Tour page and fill out the Listing a Cruise or Tour form you'll find there.

    If you'd like to find out what folk dance festivals and workshops are planned to take place up to 2010, please come visit the Folk Dance Festivals and Workshops page of Folk Dance Directory. If you're the sponsor of a folk dance festival or workshop and would like to have it listed in Folk Dance Directory, please come visit the Listing a Festival or Workshop page and fill out the Listing a Festival or Workshop form you'll find there.

    If you'd like to find out what folk dance weekends are planned to take place up to 2010, please come visit the Folk Dance Weekends page of Folk Dance Directory. If you're the sponsor of a folk dance weekend and would like to have it listed in Folk Dance Directory, please come visit the Listing a Weekend page and fill out the Listing a Weekend form you'll find there.

    If you're NOT the sponsor of a folk dance special event but would like to have it listed in Folk Dance Directory, please come visit the Suggesting an Event page and fill out the Suggesting an Event form you'll find there.

    The Directory     Top Of Page

    We have listings of well over 3,000 folk dance classes and sessions of all types taking place throughout the United States and Canada.

    If you're the sponsor of a folk dance class or session and would like to have it listed in Folk Dance Directory, please come visit the Listing a Folk Dance Group page and fill out the Listing a Group form you'll find there.

    All folk dance groups and their weekly, biweekly, monthly and irregularly scheduled dance classes and sessions are listed on our seven regional pages: New England States, Midatlantic States, Southeastern States, Midwestern States, Northwestern States, Southwestern States and Canada. In turn, each regional page is composed of states in the United States and provinces in Canada as follows:

    1. The New England States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

    2. The Midatlantic States: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York South, New York Upstate, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.

    3. The Southeastern States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

    4. The Midwestern States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

    5. The Northwestern States: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah,Washington and Wyoming.

    6. The Southwestern States: Arizona, California North, California Central, California South, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

    7. Canada : Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan and The Territories.

    The Library     Top Of Page

    We have a large and growing on-line library of more than 200 reprinted articles and original pieces about all aspects of folk dance. We intend to provide newcomers, beginners, intermediate dancers and experienced dancers with detailed information to enable them to learn much more about folk dance.

    We don't necessarily agree with any of the views and opinions expressed, we've made no attempt to check the veracity of statements made and we take no position whatsoever regarding merit or quality. We firmly believe our sole responsibility is making folk dance related information readily available to our visitors and leave all judgements about it up to those who make use of it.

    We have pages devoted to each of the following types of folk dance:

    American Country Dance is devoted to Southern mountain big circle danceand Appalachian dance.

    Balkan Dance is devoted to the folk dances of Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and all other countries of the Balkans.

    Ballroom Dance is devoted to Ballroom dance.

    Cajun/Zydeco Dance is devoted to Cajun and Zydeco dance.

    Clog Dance is devoted to Clog dance.

    Contra Dance is devoted to Contra dance.

    Country-Western is devoted to all types of Country-Western dance.

    English Country Dance is devoted to English Country Dance.

    English Ritual Dance is devoted to Border dance, Molly dance, Morris dance and Sword dance.

    Historical Dance is devoted to all types of Historical dance.

    Hungarian Dance is devoted to Hungarian dance.

    International Dance is devoted to a mixture of Balkan, Israeli and Couple dancing.

    Irish Dance is devoted to Irish dance.

    Israeli Dance is devoted to Debkas, Circles and other types of Israeli dance.

    Polish Dance is devoted to Polish dance.

    Round Dance is devoted to Round Dance.

    Scandinavian Dance is devoted to Danish, Norwegian and Swedish dance.

    Scottish Dance is devoted to both Scottish country dancing and Scottish highland dancing.

    Social Dance is devoted to all types of Social dance.

    Swing Dance is devoted to  Be-Bop, Lindy, Shag and Swing dance.

    Traditional Square Dance is devoted to Old Time Square dance.

    Turning Dance is devoted to Turning dance.

    Vintage Dance is devoted to Vintage dance

    Western Square Dance is devoted to club level square dancing.

    Other Types of Dance includes African dance, Asian dance, French-Canadian dance, Italian dance, Latin American dance and Mexican dance.

    In the future, we may add pages devoted to other types of folk dance.

    The Bureau     Top Of Page

    The Bureau explains how to list information about your classes, sessions, events and other affairs.

    To list class or session in The Directory, please visit our Listing a Folk Dance Group page and fill out the Listing a Group form you'll find there.

    To list a camp or week in The Calendar, please visit our Listing a Camp or Week page and fill out the Listing a Camp or Week form you'll find there.

    To list a folk dance cruise or tour in The Calendar, please visit our Listing a Cruise or Tour page and fill out the Listing a Cruise or Tour form you'll find there.

    To list a folk dance festival or workshop in The Calendar, please visit our Listing a Festival or Workshop page and fill out the Listing a Festival or Workshop form you'll find there.

    If you're the sponsor of a folk dance weekend in The Calendar, please visit our Listing a Weekend page and fill out the Listing a Weekend form you'll find there.

    All folk dance teachers and vendors are listed on the Teachers and Vendors pages. We welcome teachers and vendors to visit our Getting Listed, Listing a Teacher and Listing a Vendor pages to list their activities.

    In addition, we welcome those NOT directly involved in running a group, event or service, whose involvement with folk dance is simply enjoying folk dance, to visit our Suggesting a Listing, Suggesting an Event, Suggesting a Group, Suggesting a Teacher or Suggesting a Vendor page to suggest folk dance groups, special events, teachers or vendors we should contact with invitations to submit listings of their activities.

    Finally, for a brief history of national folk dance directories or some tips to help you use our directory, visit our Directory History and Using the Listings pages.

    Reference Aids     Top Of Page

    All United States and International folk dance contacts, directories, periodicals (magazines, newsletters, etc) and web site links appear on the Folk Dance Directory page. All regional folk dance contacts, directories, periodicals (magazines, newsletters, etc) and web site links appear on the New England States, Midatlantic States, Southeastern States, Midwestern States, Northwestern States, Southwestern States and Canada pages. All local folk dance web site links appear on the various state and province pages (eg, Massachusetts, Kansas, Oregon and Alberta).

    We also welcome anyone to visit our Suggesting a Link page to suggest we add a link to a web site which provides information about folk dance types, about folk dance activities in a region, state, province or country or about folk dance periodicals and directories.

    What Would YOU Like To Say?     Top Of Page

    We'd like to give you the opportunity to have your say. Accordingly, we've set aside a few pages of our web site for your comments, ideas, suggestions and whatever else you care to say. If you want to say hello, visit our Guestbook. If you want to discuss some issue, visit our Forum. If you want to talk with your fellow dancers, visit our Chat Room. We also welcome you to visit our Folk Dance Association clubs on Yahoo, Lycos and MSN. Have fun!!

    Feedback     Top Of Page

    To help us more fully and successfully meet your folk dancing needs, we'd appreciate any comments and suggestions of a general nature you may have to help us improve this site. Just fill out and submit the form you'll find on the Feedback page, give us a call at (888) 321-1023 or drop us a line at Folk Dance Association, PO Box 300500, Brooklyn, NY 11230.

    NOTE: We ALWAYS reply to messages verbally, either face-to-face or by telephone. Consequently, we'll gladly respond to your message ONLY if it includes both your name and phone number. We'll NEVER answer a communication which lacks the author's name and phone number.

    Advertising     Top Of Page

    For those who want more exposure than is provided by a regular listing, we invite groups, performing groups, teachers, sponsors of special events and vendors of products and services to request information about advertising on our site. Just fill out and submit the form you'll find on the Advertising page, give us a call at (888) 321-1023 or drop us a line at Folk Dance Association, PO Box 300500, Brooklyn, NY 11230.

    Navigation Shortcuts     Top Of Page

    The following Jump button will take you quickly to our class and session listings in every state of the United States and every province of Canada:

    The following Jump button will take you quickly to our camp, cruise, festival, tour, week, weekend, workshop, teacher and vendor listings in the United States and Canada:

    The following Jump button will take you quickly to our article, essay and web site listings:

    The following Jump button will facilitate sharing your opinions with the world:

    Folk Dance Association Website Add-ons     Top Of Page

    Hit Counter     Top Of Page

    At the bottom of the page, there's a box saying something like 108,243 Visitors Since January 1, 1999. This is our hit counter compliments of Site Meter stating how many people have visited our site since its origin. A click on this box brings you a full page of  statistics, including information about our last 1,000 visitors, forecasts of future visits and lots of other interesting facts. In fact, it'll show you exactly what we're doing and how well we're doing it.

    The Folk Dance Association Search Engines     Top Of Page

    You can use any of these search engines to search for virtually anything on the Folk Dance Association web site. If you'd like to search for someone or something, just type what you're looking for in one of the following search boxes and you'll get your result in a few seconds.

    The first search engine is compliments of FusionBot:

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    The second search engine is compliments of PicoSearch:

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    The third search engine is compliments of FindFree:

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    The Wayback Machine     Top Of Page

    If you'd like to see how the Folk Dance Association website evolved from its beginning January 1, 1999 to about six months ago, please click on the The Wayback Machine.

    Websites Which Link To Folk Dance Association     Top Of Page

    Since January 1, 1999, a number of websites have decided to link themselves to us. In fact, well over 8,000 websites now provide links to us. If you'd like to learn which websites link to Folk Dance Association, please click any of the following: All the Web, AltaVista, AOL, Exite, Go, Google, HotBot, Lycos, MSN or WiseNut

    Search Engines     Top Of Page

    Here are eleven excellent search engines we've included here to enable you to find everything about folk dance published on the internet.

    This meta-search engine is called 7Search:

    This meta-search engine is called Vivisimo. All hits are derived from the following search engines: AOL, Ask Jeeves, EuroSeek, Excite, Fast, HotBot, Looksmart, Lycos, MSN, Netscape, Open Directory, Teoma and Yahoo.

    This meta-search engine is called All the Web:

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    This meta-search engine is called Google:

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    This meta-search engine is called Updated!:

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    This meta-search engine is called Mamma:

    This meta-search engine is called Metacrawler. All hits are derived from the following search engines: Excite, FindWhat, Internet Keywords, Kanoodle, Looksmart, Overture, Sprinks by About and Teoma.

     

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    This meta-search engine is called Ixquick. All hits are derived from the following search engines: AOL, Altavista, EuroSeek, Excite, Fast Search, FindWhat, Go, HotBot, Live Directory, Looksmart, Lycos, MSN, NBCi, Overture, and Yahoo.

    Ixquick Metasearch

    This meta-search engine is called Sherlock Hound. All hits are derived from the following search engines: Altavista, Bay 9, DejaNews, Excite, FindWhat, Googol, Looksmart, Lycos, MSN, NBCi, Overture and Yahoo Categories.

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    Contact Information     Top Of Page

    Folk Dance Association was established in 1970 by Raymond La Barbera, who also serves as the webmaster of this web site. You may contact us by mail at Folk Dance Association, PO Box 300500, Brooklyn, NY 11230-0500, by phone at (888) 321-1023 and by email at director@folkdancing.org.

    NOTE: We ALWAYS reply to messages verbally, either face-to-face or by telephone. Consequently, we'll gladly respond to your message ONLY if it includes both your name and phone number. We'll NEVER answer a communication which lacks the author's name and phone number.

     

    SITE INDEX

    HOME · ABOUT US · EDITORIALS · EDITORIAL REPLIES
    ABOUT FOLK DANCE --- American Country · Balkan · Contra · English Country · English Ritual · International · Israeli · Round · Scottish Country · Social · Traditional Square · Turning · Western Square · Other Types

    FOLK DANCE DIRECTORY
    INTRODUCTION --- Directory History · Using Listings · Proposing Listings · Suggesting Groups · Suggesting Events · Suggesting Links & Resources · Suggesting Teachers · Suggesting Vendors
    GETTING LISTED --- Listing Groups · Listing Camps & Weeks · Listing Cruises & Tours · Listing Festivals & Workshops · Listing Weekends · Listing Teachers · Listing Vendors

    NEW ENGLAND STATES
    CONNECTICUT · MAINE · MASSACHUSETTS · NEW HAMPSHIRE · RHODE ISLAND · VERMONT

    MIDATLANTIC STATES
    DELAWARE · MARYLAND · NEW JERSEY · NEW YORK SOUTH · NEW YORK UPSTATE  · PENNSYLVANIA · WASHINGTON, DC

    SOUTHEASTERN STATES
    ALABAMA · ARKANSAS · FLORIDA · GEORGIA · KENTUCKY · LOUISIANA · MISSISSIPPI · NORTH CAROLINA · SOUTH CAROLINA · TENNESSEE · VIRGINIA · WEST VIRGINIA

    MIDWESTERN STATES
    ILLINOIS · INDIANA · IOWA · KANSAS · MICHIGAN · MINNESOTA · MISSOURI · NEBRASKA · NORTH DAKOTA · OHIO · SOUTH DAKOTA · WISCONSIN

    NORTHWESTERN STATES
    ALASKA · COLORADO · IDAHO · MONTANA · OREGON · UTAH · WASHINGTON · WYOMING

    SOUTHWESTERN STATES
    ARIZONA · CALIFORNIA NORTH · CALIFORNIA CENTRAL · CALIFORNIA SOUTH · HAWAII · NEVADA · NEW MEXICO · OKLAHOMA · TEXAS

    CANADA
    ALBERTA · BRITISH COLUMBIA · MANITOBA · NEW BRUNSWICK · NEWFOUNDLAND · NOVA SCOTIA · ONTARIO · PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND · QUEBEC · SASKATCHEWAN · THE TERRITORIES

    EVENTS & SERVICES
    CAMPS & WEEKS · CRUISES & TOURS · FESTIVALS & WORKSHOPS · TEACHERS · VENDORS · WEEKENDS

    FEEDBACK · ADVERTISING · GUEST BOOK

     

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