The NFO's 2017 Annual Conference

JUST HAPPENED (April 6-9, 2017) in St. Louis, Missouri

The NFO Conference Committee is already working on the 2018 Conference, tentatively scheduled to be in or near Princeton, New Jersey, in April. Bookmark this page and return during the year to find out more about what is being planned. Questions or comments in the meantime? Contact NFO Vice President Cricket Raybern at

THE 2107 NFO'S HERITAGE AWARDS were presented at the Awards Ceremony at this year's conference. This year's honorees were

Katherine St. John of Salt Lake City, Utah
Marvin Moehle of Granite City, Illinois
John and Barbara Uhlemann of University City, Missouri
Rex and Nancy Couture of Creve Coeur, Missouri

Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lynn Maners, wrote The Bosnians: An Introduction to Their History and Culture. Dr. Maners' doctoral dissertation at UCLA was about amateur folk dance groups in Bosnia just prior to the war, and he has kept up with some of the refugee groups in our country.

Other speakers included:

  • Cynthia Briggs PhD, Maryville University, St. Louis, discussed music therapy as it relates to dance.
  • Denise Gill PhD, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, talked about a variety of healing practices that include dance.
  • John Uhlemann talked about his radio show, and dance and musical exchanges throughout Eastern Europe.
  • Marvin Moehle gave a talk and presentation on costumes or traditional dress.
  • Attorney Barbara Bleisch gave a talk about getting visas for guest teachers and musicians coming from other countries.
Barbara Bleisch
John Uhlemann
Marvin Moehle

THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE: We toured of The International Institute,a local organization connected to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). It helps more than a million immigrants each year with things like resettlement, job placement, English classes, citizenship, legal services, small business development, housing, youth and elderly support, and cultural activities. It also serves as a valuable resource to national policy makers, local communities, governmental bodies, and human service agencies.

A few photos of the 2017 Conference:

Musicians at the Awards Banquet
Dancing at the Awards Banquet
Cathy Briggs on Music Therapy
Dancing at night with the locals
Lynn Maners lectured on Bosnia
Touring the International Institute
At the Awards Banquet at a local Bosnian restaurant
A panel discussion on folk festivals
Bobi Ashley talking about NFO Grants
Conversations over lunch
NFO merchandise


The NFO is growing and offers priceless contacts with people involved in teaching, performing and administrating all sorts of folk dance and music events and facilities worldwide. We encourage your attendance and your input at our annual meeting and look forward to seeing you again.