This page is typically updated in JANUARY of each year. The listing is in date order. The January and February information tends to be out of date if you wait too long to view this page. If the date is for the prior year, try clicking on the link to the website because it has probably been updated already. Need to add or update any camp and workshop information? Email the webmanager.
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
The Country Dance Society fills the calendar every year with folk music and folk dance-related events: cdss.org. These events take place throughout the United States, put on by local chapters of the CDS.
Be sure to visit The Dance Gypsy website where you can use their search engine to find dance-related events in your area.
Florida Winter Weekend Folk Dance Weekend – February 8-11, 2019 at the Clarion Airport Hotel in Orlando. Teachers are Ahmet Luleci and Evren Soytopcu Kiyak (Turkish), Vlasto Petkovski (Macedonian). Info at: folkdance.org
Laguna Festival (2019 is their 49th Annual) – The 2019 Festival takes place in Laguna Woods, California March 1-3. Email. The 2018 Festival features Steve Kotansky (Balkan/International) and Bata Marcetič (Serbian).
San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, March 14-17, 2019 (the 61st year) – is held on the beautiful campus of Our Lady of the Lake University. Details, lodging & registration flyer are here. The 2018 festival features José Ángel Pérez Fumero and Elsa Morales Perera (Canary Island dances), Michael Ginsburg (Balkan dances), Andy Taylor-Blenis (international, Scottish, and Mexican dances), plus a cameo appearance by Mihai David (Romanian dances).
Cerritos Festival – The Cerritos Folk Dancers host their Cerritos Festival on February 16, 2019, featuring international folk dances with the theme of “East Meets West.” Cerritos Senior Center, 12340 South Street, Cerritos, California. Teacher in 2019: Ahmet Lüleci and Evren Soytopçu Kiyak. Info: Email
Call of the Loon Contra Weekend is held at the Tapestry Folk Dance Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota April 12-14, 2019. It’s THE Midwest Contra Dance weekend extravaganza, featuring live bands, guest callers, workshops, Sunday brunch and more! Website: tapestryfolkdance.org
Boulder International Folk Dancers Annual Workshop is held at The Avalon in Boulder, Colorado. In 2019, it will be April 26-28, with Yves Leblanc teaching Breton dances from Brittany, France. Information and registration available at www.boulderfolkdancers.org
Lyrids Folk Dance Festival – Held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 24 – 26, 2020. The 2020 weekend features Tineke and Maurits van Geel teaching Armenian and Roma dances from different countries, mixed with some international top hits. lyridsfolkdancefestival.org.
International Folkdance Camp (IFC) – Held each May at Hopewell Junction, New York at Circle Lodge on scenic Sylvan Lake (90 mins north of New York). Run by co-directors Joan Hantman, Murray and Randi Spiegel, the camp features internationally acclaimed teachers. Camp dates for 2019 are May 10-12, 2019. IFC-NY.com.
California’s Statewide Festival – This annual workshop has alternated between northern and southern California since the early 1950s. In 2019, Statewide will be held at Edmunds Ballroom at Pomona College, 170 East 6th Street, Claremont, California. The teachers are Peter Iliev, Mihai David, Sevi Bayraktar, Israel Yakovee and Cesar Garfiaz. socalfolkdance.org/statewide.htm.
Dancing Bears Dance Camp – Information about the Dancing Bears (Contra) Dance Camp in Wasilla, Alaska the end of May (usually Memorial Day Weekend) can be found at thedancingbears.org/. The 2019 Camp was May 24-27.
Ontario Folk Dance Camp – Takes place at the University of Waterloo in the heart of Mennonite country west of Toronto. The 2019 (the 61st) will be May 17-19, 2019. Faculty: Roberto Bagnoli (Israeli) and Tara Bolker (English Country and Contra Dance). Info: website.
June Camp – International folk dance weekend in the upper Midwest (over 60 years old). Usually on the weekend following Memorial Day. in 2019 it will be held May 16-19, 2019, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Teachers are Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion teaching Romanian dance; live music by Tom Pixton and members of the Pinewoods Band. Contact email@example.com or sites.google.com/site/junecampifd/
Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp – June, July and August. Information about the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance camp in NY State can be found at ashokan.org/camps/
Mendocino Folklore Camp mendocinofolklorecamp.com – Each summer since 1962, folk dancers from across the United States and beyond have gathered at the beautiful Mendocino Woodlands to share a unique celebration of ethnic dance, music, and culture. Folklore Camp, pioneered by Madelynne Greene, was the first folk dance camp to use the Woodlands, and today they carry on the tradition and spirit of this ever popular event. Visit their website for specific information about their camps.
Pinewoods Camp – The Folk Arts Center of New England sponsors two sessions held in Plymouth Massachusetts in June — a Cape Breton Music and Dance weekend, and an International Week. Information can be found at pinewoods.org/camp-sessions/session-schedule/ or by phoning 781-438-4387. Children’s and adult activities are offered along with swimming, boating, and music-making. The Pinewoods Band has been providing live music for all dance parties since 1991. Pinewoods Camp, Inc. offers other dance sessions throughout the summer. For that information see pinewoods.org.
Csipke Camp is in June each year, and on June 22-29, 2019, in Sauk Valley Resort, Michigan. It features Hungarian folk dance and music camp for adults and children. cspiketabor.org
Scandia Camp Mendocino ScandiaCampMendocino.org. Scandia Camp Mendocino, an annual week-long residential camp founded in 1980, presents participants the opportunity to learn in depth about the folk music, dance and cultural traditions of Scandinavia. Camp usually takes place the 2nd or 3rd week of June. Visit the website to join the mailing list. Register as soon as possible as this camp often fills early.
Bay Area Country Dance Society American Dance and Music Week. Held in the Mendocino Woodlands, building and exploring the evolution of folk tradition at the Jones Gulch YMCA Camp in La Honda, California (near San Francisco). The 2018 camp is June 30-July 5. There are full tracks for musicians and dancers, as well as workshops for callers, dance and song writers. bacds.org/camps/amweek2019
Bay Area Country Dance Society Family Week Camp. This is held at Monte Toyon in Aptos, California, among coastal redwoods just inland from the shores of Monterey Bay south of Santa Cruz. The 2018 camp is June 30-July 6. Seven days full of dancing, music, crafts, games, storytelling, and too much fun. bacds.org/familyweek.
Balkan Music & Dance Camps – The EEFC [Eastern European Folklife Center] runs two annual Balkan Music & Dance camps, West Coast in Mendocino, CA in late July and East Coast at Rock Hills, NY in early August
Kentucky Dance Institute (KDI) – Established in 1953, the week-long folk dance camp welcomes dancers and families of all ages. It takes place in Murray, Kentucky, July 14-20, 2019. No information as of 1/23/2019 regarding staff. They have a Facebook page.
Middle Eastern Camp will be held July 6-13, 2019 in the Mendocino Woodlands north of San Francisco, CA. The focus is Middle Eastern folk dance classes, belly dance classes instruction on Middle Eastern classical and folk instruments. middleeastcamp.com/Mendocino.html
Nordic Fiddles and Feet nordicfiddlesandfeet.org – This week-long Swedish and Norwegian Music and Dance is June 23-30, 2019, and held at Camp Ogontz, near Littleton, New Hampshire.
Stockton Folk Dance Camp – The Grandfather of all Camps, certainly the oldest. Information about Stockton Folk Dance Camp held in Stockton, CA, in late July/early August can be found at folkdancecamp.org. 2019 will be the 72nd Camp. Six to eight teachers, two consecutive weeks – attend one week or both.
Lark Camp (Full name is “Lark In the Morning”) is July 26-August 3, 2019 (40th year). Held in Mendocino Woodlands north of San Francisco, CA. Described as “a venue to allow traditional musicians and dancers to get together and share their music & dance …without being in a rigid school structure.” larkcamp.com/
Ti Ti Tábor Hungarian Folk Camp – This week-long camp is held at the All Saints Center, Raft Island, WA. July 28-August 4, 2018. The camp offers programs in Hungarian music, dance, singing, and children’s folk arts. More information on Ti Ti Tábor can be found at tititabor.org.
Mainewoods Dance Camp – Information about the Mainewoods Dance Camp held in Fryeburg, Maine August-September can be found at mainewoodsdancecamp.org/ The 2019 camp will feature 2 one-week camps, usually the last two weeks of August. Dates for 2019 are August 11-17 and August 18-24. Check their website for updates and details about teachers.
New Mexico August Global Dance Camp – An annual festival in August at the spectacular Montezuma castle in Las Vegas, New Mexico sponsored by SWIFDI (Southwest International Folk Dance Institute). swifdi.org. Children’s program offered. The 36th August Camp will take place August 1-4, 2019. Teachers for 2018 are Roberto Bagnoli (International) and Mike Garcia (Lindy).
Balance the Bay – San Francisco’s big contra dance weekend. The Pomeroy Center on Skyline Boulevard in San Francisco has a rubber-pad sprung floor, excellent ventilation, and room for six long lines. The 2018 event is August 9-11. bacds.org/camps/btb2018/info.html
World Village Music & Dance Camp dancingplanetproductions.com – This camp takes place at Timber Ridge Camp in High View, West Virginia over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in 2019). The international dance parties feature both your requests to recorded music and Balkan and Scandinavian dances to live music. The program includes dance, instrument, and singing classes throughout the day. Kids program daily. Info: Betsy & Jamie Platt at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 301.717.4641
Labor Day Weekend at Pinewoods in Plymouth, Massachusetts is co-sponsored by the Folk Arts Center of New England and the Country Dance Society, Boston Center. This weekend offers American, English country and international dancing, plus workshops in instrumental and vocal international dance music. facone.org/labor-day-weekend/labor-day-weekend.html
Enon Valley Folk Dance Camp – Held in September every year at SNPJ Recreation Center in western Pennsylvania about an hour from Pittsburgh. The 2018 camp will be September 13-15. No information on teaching staff as of 1/23/2019. Check their website folkdancepittsburgh.com or contact Rob McCollum (email@example.com).
Ellen Golann’s Folkdance Weekend – Held each fall at Hopewell Junction, New York, at Circle Lodge on scenic Sylvan Lake (90 mins north of New York). Coordinated by Murray and Randi Spiegel, the camp features nationally known Israeli and International teachers. Camp dates for 2019 are September 20-22, 2019, featuring Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu and Danny Pollock. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
World Camp – Founded in 1996 by co-directors Ahmet Luleci and Joe Graziosi this annual camp continues each year in September. Located near the town of Rock Hill, in the Catskill Mountains (90 miles NW of New York City. Bunkhouse-style cabins with a lake, swimming pool and attractive common buildings. Camp dates for 2019 September 19-22, 2019. For more information visit: worldcamp.us/
Fontana Clogging Jamboree – Takes place at Fontana Village, North Carolina, in September of each year. Information about the Fontana Clogging Jamboree can be found at fontanaworkshop.com/ 2017 dates were September 20-21, 2019.
Pourparler – This unique gathering of dance educators takes place at different locations around the U.S. each year and allows these educators to share and teach and commune with each other. These conferences are a function of the National Folk Organization and are typically held in the fall (September/November). The 2019 conference will be held October 17-20, 2019 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit their webpage: nfo-usa.org/pourparler.
Star of the North English Country Dance Weekend is held at the Tapestry Folk Dance Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota September 20-22, 2019. 2018 was the first year at this facility, but the weekend has been around for many years. Website: tapestryfolkdance.org
Oktoberfest International Dance and Music Weekend is held over Columbus Day Weekend, at Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, Vermont. Daily dance and music workshops, guided nature activities, evening dance parties featuring the Pinewoods Band. facone.org/oktoberfest/oktoberfest.html
Harvest Moon Dance Weekend – English country dance weekend in Chicagoland. It will be October 4-6 in 2019, in St. Charles, Illinois, with Kate Barnes, Earl Gaddis and Jonathan Whitall playing and Graham Christian calling. Website.
Fall Folk Dance Camp will take place November 15-17, 2019, in a beautiful rural setting in Southern California. Teaching staff in 2019: Erica Goldman (Israeli dances) and Caspar Bik (international). It’s the first of these camps at this facility, but it is an extension/continuation of Camp Hess Kramer that was held for many decades in Malibu, California. (That facility burned down in 2018). It’s a weekend of joyful friendship, dance parties, and comfortable motel style accommodations. Website.
Bannerman Folk Camp – Create a new Thanksgiving tradition in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re a singer, dancer, crafter, or you just love to play, Bannerman Folk Camp has something in store for you. The camp welcomes families and individuals, young and young-at-heart, locals and travelers to spend Thanksgiving weekend together. bannermanfolkcamp.com.
Kolo Festival – Takes place in San Francisco, California, the weekend of Thanksgiving in November each year. 2019 details: Joe Graziosi (Greek), Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu (Romanian), John Morovich and John Filcich (Kolos). Dance workshop and singing classes both days; dancing to live music both nights. Info: KoloFestival.org.
National Clogging Convention – Thanksgiving weekend. In Orlando, Florida. More information found at clog.org
Texas Camp – Thanksgiving weekend. Thursday afternoon to Sunday lunch, at Greene Family Camp, in Bruceville, Texas, (about 20 miles south of Waco). For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Camp Co-Chairs, Lisa Horn, at email@example.com, or Joan Furstenberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2019 is its 69th year! Website: tifd.org
Norske Runddansere’s Annual Snoball – Scandinavian Folk Dancing Event with Live Music by Peter Michaelsen and Friend. Second weekend in December (In 2019 that’s December 14, their 31st year). Held at Mazama Lodge on Mount Hood, Oregon. See norskerunddansere.org for more information.
Need to add or update any camp and workshop information? Email the webmanager