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 The January and February information tends to be out of date if you wait too long to view this page.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: 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 Winter Weekend Folk Dance Weekend – January 19-20, 2018 at the Clarion Airport Hotel in Orlando. Teachers are Tineke Van Geel (Armenian) and Maurice Van Geel (Caucasus, Rom). Info at: www.folkdance.org
Laguna Festival (2018 is their 48th Annual) – The 2018 Festival takes place in Laguna Woods, California March 2-4. Email. The 2018 Festival features Gergana Panova (Bulgarian) and Roberto Bagnoli (Balkan/International).
San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, March 9-18, 2018 (the 60th year) – is held on the beautiful campus of Our Lady of the Lake University. Details, lodging & registration flyer are here. The 2018 festival features Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian), Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian), and Campbell Miller (Social and American Vintage). It will also honor Nelda Drury for her leadership and contributions to folk dance as she celebrates her 100th birthday.
Lyrids Folk Dance Festival – Held in Burnaby, BC, Canada. Faculty in 2018 are Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion (Romanian). www.lyridsfolkdancefestival.org.
California’s Statewide Festival – This annual workshop has alternated between northern and southern California since the early 1950s. In 2018, Sacramento is the hosting city and the teachers are Steve Kotansky (Balkan) and Bruce Hamilton (English). May 18-20, 2018. No website at this time, but check www.folkdance.com
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 2017 Camp was May 26-29. 2018 information not yet available.
Ontario Folk Dance Camp – Takes place at the University of Waterloo in the heart of Mennonite country west of Toronto. The 2018 (the 60th) will be May 18-20, 2018. No details about teachers available at this time. Check 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 Session is 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. Visit 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. It takes place in Murray, Kentucky. No information available regarding staff. They have a Facebook page.
Middle Eastern Camp will be held July 7-14, 2018 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 – This week-long Swedish and Norwegian Music and Dance is June 24-July 1, 2018, 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 www.folkdancecamp.org. 2017 was the 70th Camp. Six to eight teachers, two consecutive weeks – attend one week or both.
Lark Camp (Full name is “Lark In the Morning”) is July 27-August 4, 2018. 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 29-August 5, 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 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 2018 camp will feature 2 one-week camps, usually the last two weeks of August. No dates available at this time, but check their website for updates.
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). http://www.swifdi.org/. Children’s program offered. The 35rd August Camp will take place August 2-5, 2018. No details on teachers at this time.
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 (September 1-4 in 2017). 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
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 2018 September 20-23, 2018. For more information visit: http://www.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 www.fontanaworkshop.com/ 2017 dates were September 22-23, 2017.
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 2018 conference will be held November 1-4, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Visit their webpage: nfo-usa.org/pourparler
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. 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 No information about 2017 or 2018.
National Clogging Convention – Thanksgiving weekend. In Orlando, Florida. More information found at www.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. 2018 is its 68th year! Website: http://www.tifd.org
Norske Runddansere’s Annual Snoball – Scandinavian Folk Dancing Event with Live Music by Peter Michaelsen and Friend. Second weekend in December (In 2017 that’s December 9, their 29th 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