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 The January and February information tends to be out of date if you wait too long to view this page.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
Folklore Village hosts numerous festival throughout the year at Folklore Village (near Dodgeville, Wisconsin). It has been around for over 20 years and has so much to offer. Check out their calendar.
The Country Dance Society fills the calendar every year with folk music and folk dance-related events: www.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 Presidents’ Folk Dance Weekend – February 13-17, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel in Orlando. 2016 teachers are Roberto Bagnoli and Ed Austin. Info at: www.folkdance.org
Laguna Festival (2016 is their 46th Annual) – Takes place in Newport Beach, California in February of each year. Details, lodging & registration flyer at http://lagunainternationaldancers.com or contact: (949) 646-7082 or Email. 2015 festival features Genci Castrati and Lee Otterholt.
San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, March 18-20, 2016 (58th year) – is held on the beautiful campus of Our Lady of the Lake University. Details, lodging & registration flyer are here. 2016 features Yves and France-Bourque Moreau and Tonya Pennie.
Northwest Folkdancers 60th Anniversary Festival will be held March 19–20, 2016 Teachers: Lee Otterholt (international) and Marty Koenig (Balkan). Dance performances by Radost and Kisbetyárok, live music by Folk Voice Band, Orkestar RTW, and Allspice. Held at the Russian Community Center, 704 19th Ave. E, Seattle, Washington. Contact Kathy at 425-485-1638, or email. Registration form and more information: www.scn.org/arts/nfdi
California’s Statewide Festival – This workshop alternates between northern and southern California. In 2016, Albany (near Berkeley) is the hosting city and the teachers are Erik Bendix and Maurits Van Geel. Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, 2016. Visit the website for details.
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 www.thedancingbears.org/. The 2015 Camp was May 22-25. 2016 information not available as of January 25, 2016.
Ontario Folk Dance Camp – Takes place at the Univesity of Waterloo in the heart of Mennonite country west of Toronto. 2016 information not available as of January 25, 2016. Details on their website
Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp – June, July and August. Information about the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance camp in NY State can be found at www.ashokan.org/camps/
Mendocino Folklore Camp www.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 International Sessionis held at the Folk Arts Center of New England’s held in Plymouth Massachusetts at the end of June. Information can be found at http://www.facone.org/programs/pinewoods/pinewoods.html 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 http://www.pinewoods.org.
Scandia Camp Mendocino www.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. Use the website to join the mailing list. Register as soon as possible as this camp often fills early.
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. This year it takes place in Murray, Kentucky July 17-23, 2016. They have a Facebook page.
Middle Eastern Camp will be held July 9-16, 2016 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. http://www.middleeastcamp.com/Mendocino.html
Nordic Fiddles and Feet www.nordicfiddlesandfeet.org – In 2015 this week-long Swedish and Norwegian Music and Dance was held June 28-July 5, 2015 at Camp Ogontz, near Littleton New Hampshire. 2016 information not available as of January 25, 2016.
Stockton Folk Dance Camp – The Grandfather of all Camps, certainly the oldest. Information about Stockton Folk Dance Camp held in Stockton, California, in late July/early August can be found at www.folkdancecamp.org. 2016 is this camp’s 69th year! Six to eight teachers, two consecutive weeks – attend one week or both.
Lark Camp (Full name is “Lark In the Morning”) is July 29-August 6, 2016. 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.” http://www.larkcamp.com/
Ti Ti Tábor Hungarian Folk Camp – This week-long camp is held at the All Saints Center, Raft Island, WA. July 31-August 7, 2016. The camp offers programs in Hungarian music, dance, singing, and children’s folk arts. More information on Ti Ti Tábor can be found at http://www.tititabor.org.
Mainewoods Dance Camp – Information about the Mainewoods Dance Camp held in Fryeburg, Maine August-September can be found at www.mainewoodsdancecamp.org/ The 2016 camp will feature 2 one-week camps from August 14-20 and August 21-27.
New Mexico August Global Dance Camp – An annual festival in August at New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico sponsored by SWIFDI (Southwest International Folk Dance Institute). http://www.swifdi.org/. Children’s Program offered. The 33rd August Camp will take place August 4-7, 2016. Contact Becky Gordon, Camp Director at Beckygordon1@gmail.com
World Village Music & Dance Camp www.dancingplanetproductions.com – This camp takes place at Timber Ridge Camp in High View, West Virginia over Labor Day weekend (in 2015, that will be September 4-7, 2016). 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 email@example.com; Phone: 301.717.4641
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/October). The 2016 conference will be held in Eugene, Oregon September 22-25, 2016. Visit their webpage: nfo-usa.org/pourparler.htm
Mountain Playshop – September 2016 was their 31st year. Held at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain (near Ashville), North Carolina. Visitwww.blueridgeassembly.org/
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 www.fontanaworkshop.com/ 2015 dates are September 18-19.
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 2015 are September 23-24, 2016. For more information visit: http://www.worldcamp.us/
Kolo Festival – Takes place in San Francisco, California the weekend of Thanksgiving in November each year. For more information: http://balkantunes.org/kolofestival
Thanksgiving Cross Step Waltz Dance Weekend In 2016, that’s November 25, 26, and 27; guest teacher is Ari Levitt. Lloyd Shaw Dance Center, Albuquerque New Mexico. Three days, seven two and a half hour sessions, instruction plus lots of just dancing. Contact Gary Diggs: firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-293-5343. Website
National Clogging Convention – Thanksgiving weekend. In Orlando, Florida. More information found at www.clog.org
Texas Camp – Thanksgiving weekend. Thursday aftenoon 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. 2016 is its 66th year! Website: http://www.tifd.org
Norske Runddansere’s Annual Snoball – Scandinavian Folkdancing Event with Live Music by Peter Michaelsen and Friend. Second weekend in December (In 2016 that’s December 10-11, their 28th 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