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 The January and February information tends to be out of date if you wait too long to view this page.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.
Florida Winter Weekend Folk Dance Weekend – January 31-February 3, 2020 at the Ramada Gateway Kissimmee in Kissimmee. Teachers are Tineke van Geel (Armenian) and Maurits van Geel (Causcasus, Roma). Info at: folkdance.org
Laguna Festival (2020 is their 50th Annual) – The 2020 Festival takes place in Laguna Woods, California March 6-8, and feature Yves Moreau (Bulgarian) and Aaron Alpert (Israeli), with special appearances by Tom Bozigian and Lee Otterholt. Email.
San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, March 13-15, 2020 (the 62nd year) – is held on the beautiful campus of Our Lady of the Lake University. Details, lodging & registration flyer are here. The 2020 festival features Ventzi Sotirov (Bulgarian), Franklin Houston (Balkan), Andy Taylor-Blenis (international, Scottish and Mexican), and Lee Otterholt (international).
Cerritos Festival – The Cerritos Folk Dancers host their Cerritos Festival on February 2, 2020, featuring international folk dances with the theme of “East Meets West.” Cerritos Senior Center, 12340 South Street, Cerritos, California. Teacher in 2020: Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg (Bulgarian) and Sue Chen & Wen Chiang (international and Chinese). Info: Email
Call of the Loon Contra Weekend is held at the Tapestry Folk Dance Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota April 3-5, 2020. It’s THE Midwest Contra Dance weekend extravaganza, featuring live bands, guest callers, workshops, Sunday brunch and more! Website: tapestryfolkdance.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 2020 are May 8-10, 2020. Teachers: Steve Kotansky (Balkan) and Caspar Bik (Black Sea). 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/. No information on the 2020 Camp as of January 2020.
Ontario Folk Dance Camp – Takes place at the University of Waterloo in the heart of Mennonite country west of Toronto. The 2020 (the 62nd) is May 15-18, 2020. No information about the teachers as of January 2020. Info: website.
June Camp – International folk dance weekend in the upper Midwest (over 60 years old). Usually on the weekend following Memorial Day. No information about the 2020 Camp as of January 2020. 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
After over 50 years, the 2019 Camp was their last.
Pinewoods Camp – The Folk Arts Center of New England sponsors several dance/music workshops/camps during the summer. 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, in Sauk Valley Resort, Michigan. It features Hungarian folk dance and music camp for adults and children. cspiketabor.org. No information about the 2020 Camp as of January 2020.
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. In 2020, that means June 13-20. 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). No information about the 2020 Camp as of January 2020. 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. No information about the 2020 Camp as of January 2020. 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 (June 20-27, 2020) and East Coast at Rock Hills, NY (August 8-15, 2020).
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 19-25, 2020. No information as of January 2020 regarding staff. They have a Facebook page.
Middle Eastern Camp will be held July 11-18, 2020 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 28-July 5, 2020, and held at Camp Ogontz, near Littleton, New Hampshire.
Stockton Folk Dance Camp – The Granddaddy 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 folkdancecamp.org. 2020 will be the 73rd Camp. Six to eight teachers, two consecutive weeks – attend one week or both.
Lark Camp (Full name is “Lark In the Morning”) is typically the last week in July (2020 is the 41st year). No information as to dates and staff as of January 2020. 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, Washington. August 2-9, 2020. 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 camp features 2 one-week camps, usually the last two weeks of August. Dates for 2020 are August 16-22 and August 23-29. Check their website for updates and details about teachers.
New Mexico August Global Dance Camp – An annual festival in August in Socorro, New Mexico sponsored by SWIFDI (Southwest International Folk Dance Institute). swifdi.org. Children’s program offered. The 2020 Camp will take place July 23-26, 2020. Teacher staff: Jaap Leegwater (Bulgarian) and Bruce Hamilton (English).
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 2020 event is August 7-9. bacds.org/camps
World Village Music & Dance Camp dancingplanetproductions.com – This camp takes place at Timber Ridge Camp in High View, West Virginia over Labor Day weekend (No dates for 2020 available as of January 2020). 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.
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. In 2020, that September 4-8, 2020. 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 2020 camp will be September 11-13. Information about staff will be available in the spring of 2020. Check their website folkdancepittsburgh.com or contact Rob McCollum.
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. In 2020, the dates are October 2-4, 2020. Teaching staff: Lee Otterholt and Danny Pollock. Info: email@example.com
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. Information about the 2020 camp was not available as of January 2020. 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/ Information about the 2020 camp was not available as of January 2020.
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 2020 conference will be held November 5-8, 2020 in Evening Star Grange
in Dummerston Center, Vermont. 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 in late September of each year. Information about the 2020 camp was not available as of January 2020. 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. No information about dates as of January 2020, 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 December 4-6, 2020, in a beautiful rural setting in Simi Valley, on the northern edge of Los Angeles county, California. This 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. Information about teaching staff for 2020 was not available as of January 2020. 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. 2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Joan Furstenberg, at email@example.com. 2020 is its 70th 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 2020 that’s December 12, their 32nd year). Held at Mazama Lodge on Mount Hood, Oregon. See norskerunddansere.org for more information.
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