The NFO’s 2018 Annual Conference

April 26-28, in Tenafly, New Jersey,
in conjunction with the Spring 2018
New Jersey Folk Dance Festival

(but you can still register at the hotel at their usual rates)

Download the Full Conference Registration Form

Download the Part-Time Conference Registration Form

The Conference is $125 for NFO members and $145 for non-members.  This does NOT include hotel accommodations. Most of those attending the conference will be housed at the Clinton Inn (details below).  Download the  Full Conference Registration Form.  Pay by check or on-line with PayPal or a credit card.  There is also a Part-Time Conference Registration Form if you wish to attend only some events.

The New Jersey Folk Dance Festival will be held Saturday afternoon in Tenafly, New Jersey. Attending the New Jersey Folk Dance Festival will be part of the NFO Conference.


Conference organizers have contracted with the Clinton Inn in Tenafly for a special room rate of $119/night (includes two full restaurant breakfasts per room and free parking). Those attending the NFO Conference need to mention the NFO Conference to get this special rate. The phone number for reservations is 800-275-4411. The NFO rate was only available until March 26, 2018, but you can still register at the hotel at their normal nightly rate.  Many of the activities will take place at the Church of the Atonement, about a half-mile from the hotel. For those planning to travel by air, Newark Airport is the closest one to the conference facilities.

Allegra Fuller Snyder

Our Keynote speaker will be Allegra Fuller Snyder. Allegra Fuller Snyder is a dance ethnologist (ethnochoreologist), choreographer, professor and author specializing on dance and culture. Her research focuses on dances among Native American tribes particularly the Yaqui, and on dance among several ethnic groups in Africa and Asia. She is Professor Emerita of dance ethnology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Snyder is the daughter of noted architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller and his wife Anne Hewlett.

Ethel Raim

Allegra Fuller Snyder will be receiving the NFO’s Preserving Our Heritage Award along with Ethel Raim, Artistic Director emerita of New York’s Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), one of the nation’s preeminent traditional arts organizations, and has researched ethnic music and worked closely with community-based traditional music for almost five decades.

Steve and Susan Kotansky, known worldwide for their dance knowledge and teaching skill, will share experiences and dances from their recent trip to Albania.

Michael Ginsburg, an expert in the complicated rhythms of Balkan music, will be teaching a Balkan dance workshop for us.

Murray Spiegel will share with us how languages can be viewed as a living, breathing folk culture and share his life-long project which has been called a Rosetta Stone of languages.

Glyn Webber and Frank Rubin will be conducting a presentation on Folk Dance Music.​ They have a massive collection of dance music, sorted and cleaned it up in an effort to find the cleanest quality copies available. Many people have donated music to their project, including unidentified music, and they will give us an opportunity to help them identify some of it.

Steve Weintraub will host an evening of Yiddish/Klezmer dancing with live music. This will be interspersed with international folk dances.

Steve and Susan Kotansky

Michael Ginsburg

Murray Spiegel

Glyn Webber and Frank Rubin

Steve Weintraub







The New Jersey Folk Dance Festival will include about a dozen dance groups from all over the state of New Jersey. Each group will bring dances for all of us to enjoy.

Questions or comments in the meantime? Contact NFO Vice President Cricket Raybern at




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